Faculty of Human Ecology - Textile Sciences

Faculty of Human Ecology 

Program description

*Intake to the undergraduate Textiles Sciences program has been suspended*

The Department of Textile Sciences offers programs in both product and textile development. Students in Product Development will gain the ability to track major decisions involved in the transformation of textile products for apparel and non-apparel uses. This stream is designed to give students the essential knowledge and skills which will enable them to turn ideas into meaningful textile products. The Textile Development Stream taps into the emerging importance of technical textiles in the health care sector and is also intended to be a stepping stone for students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medical textiles. Both streams require completion of the senior course Integrative Project, which requires students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired in the program through the development of a project specific to their own interests. Academic staff collaborate with each student.

Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. (TS) Bachelor of Science (Textile Sciences) - 4 years

Product Development
Textile Development
Textile development specializations
Engineering Sciences
Microbiolgoical Sciences
Exercise and Sports Science

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

Global Apparel and Textiles Trade
Colour Management
The Information Age and the Textiles Supply Chain
Consumer Behaviour Toward Textile Products
Textiles for the Healthcare Sector
Pattern Development in a Computer Aided Design Environment
History of Textiles

Note: The Department of Textile Sciences offers a graduate program leading to the M.Sc. degree. Programs of study and research may pertain to: product development and evaluation of textile materials; consumer behaviour towards textile products; marketing of textile products; supply chain channel for the Canadian textile complex; medical/bio-defense textiles; and nanofibrous materials.

The Department is equipped with several laboratories including computer-aided design, a textile testing laboratory, and a healthcare/medical textile laboratory which offer opportunities for research projects and work experience.

Professional opportunities

Textiles Testing Technologist
Supply Chain Manager
Fashion Buyer
Trade Controls Officer
Curatorial Assistant
Crime Laboratory Analyst
Sales Representative
Fabric Developer or Designer (Stylist)
Product Developer
Textile Chemist

Note: the Product Development stream is designed to impart essential knowledge and skills which enable graduates to turn ideas into meaningful textile products for fashion and other end uses. The Textile Development stream paves the way for a variety of positions such as the creation of textile products for military, medical, or exercise and sports applications. This stream is also intended to be a stepping stone for men and women who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medical textiles.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The Department of Textile Sciences is unique in Canada because it offers an undergraduate program which acknowledges the contribution of textiles to human health. The textile development stream offers courses which cover antimicrobial fabrics, biotextiles, tissue engineering, senses and comfort, and textiles wound dressing and other health applications. 

The program involves the application and integration of knowledge from many disciplines. To add value to the students' experience, the Textile Sciences program is part of an information literacy pilot project. The goal of information literacy is to help students develop the ability to access, evaluate and manage the overwhelming amount of information available at their fingertips.

Research projects of Faculty members include product development research into textile products for protective end uses and disabled consumers, care label research, and country of origin effects in the apparel supply chain. In the medical textiles area, research interests include surface modification of textile materials for durable antistatic, antibacterial, stain repellent and skin care functions, analytical chemistry in textiles, nano-scale textile material for health/medical or biological applications, mechanical and transport behaviour of fibrous/biomedical materials; Stochastic modeling and simulation; and fibre-reinforced composite materials.

Important links

Faculty of Human Ecology
Textile Sciences 
Textile Sciences Graduate Program