Textile Design | Full-time BA (Hons) Degree
Why this course?
This is a creative and broad-based textile and surface design degree that aims to nurture the creative, innovative and autonomous designers of the future and equip them with the skills required for employment, freelance work in the industry, or further study at postgraduate level.
We also offer a part-time Textile Design BA (Hons) degree programme. This is taught over 5 years.
- Personal and artistic development
- Traditional and digital print facilities and sewing workshop
- Open access to campus-wide facilities including laser cutter, 3D craft workshop, pattern cutting tables and photo studios
- Technical support and regular tutorials
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
student Views Amy McDonoghI could not recommend this university centre more. Only a few people are accepted onto the course and we get focused coaching. Individuality is encouraged and the tutors show interest in who you are. There is such a wide range of facilities and the technicians will do anything to help you.
alumni Views Catherine CoombsI was attracted by the amazing facilities and the passion of the tutors and technicians for textiles, techniques and experimentation.
alumni Views Lottie MillbankI was lucky enough to be entered into the Bradford Textile Society awards and won second prize.
student Views Rebecca Fullerton McIntyreThe course has given me the confidence and technical skills I need through having constant guidance and support alongside a broad variety of in-depth industry information to help me prepare to enter Into the world of textile design.
student Views Daisy Seymour BradyThe course has allowed me to grow as a designer and to find my own path for the future. The technicians are SO helpful and are always there if your ever in need of help or advice.
Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course.
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
- Aim to bring up to 20 sheets of work (a sheet may have more than one piece of work mounted on it) and one or two sketchbooks
- There is no need to window mount or spend money on expensive board - flat-mounted on a good quality cartridge paper is fine
- In textiles we like to feel and touch and to see the true colour and quality of your work - it is easier to do this if you don't use plastic sleeves. If your portfolio does have plastic sleeves we may ask you to take pieces out for easier viewing
- Include a variety of work that shows the full range of your skills and use of media eg research artwork (drawings, paintings, collages, multimedia artwork), developmental ideas, sketchbooks and finished project outcomes
- We like to see evidence of the whole creative process from research and initial artwork through the whole development of ideas - to help us see this ensure that at least one of your sketchbooks relates to finished work in the portfolio
- Any large scale or 3D work should be photographed for inclusion in the portfolio
What we are looking for:
- We are more interested in your creative potential rather than assessing what your current course has allowed you to achieve
- Creative artwork and ideas are more important than finished textile pieces
- Good observational drawing skills - by this we mean use of any media and in any style - showing your own personal style
- A feel for colour, form, pattern, texture
- An interest in your chosen area (have you been to any recent shows, events or exhibitions, whose work do you love, what do you find visually exciting - what are you passionate about?)
The first year of study introduces students to core skills and techniques through a series of creative workshops. These typically include: design development, printed textiles, knitted textiles, stitch, fabric manipulation, pattern cutting, garment construction, drawing, traditional and digital printmaking and creative IT.
Students will be encouraged to develop an exploratory and experimental approach to design underpinned by an understanding of contemporary issues such as sustainability, fabric knowledge, industry trends and extensive creative research.
Throughout the course students will produce design solutions for a range of markets including: fashion textiles, interior fabrics and surfaces, stationery, gift, craft/art applications etc before choosing their own specialist pathway, culminating in their final major project.
Students take part in Industry projects such as the Bradford Textile Society competition and complete suitable work placements during the second year.
Students can expect to have open access to facilities following induction, resulting in a flexible working environment that supports their creative studio practice. Our bright and airy design studio is open plan and all students have their own personal desk space.
Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical and creative studio-based workshops
- peer reviews and project crits
- small group study
- self-directed study
- studio tutorials
- reflective writing exercises
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- project work
- research proposal
- reflective journal
- written assignments
Video tour of our campus
See students from different courses using the facilities at our creative arts specialist campus
- Freelance or studio designer (fashion/interiors/accessories)
- Independent designer/maker
- Trend forecaster
- Buying & merchandising
- Teacher training
- Postgraduate study
In keeping with the evolving nature of the creative industries, many have flexible creative careers being involved in styling, art work, design commissions, exhibitions, illustration, buying, trend forecasting etc. Past students have gone on to MA study, eg at the Royal College of Art and at the University of Brighton. Some have set up their own businesses, some work as freelance designers for couture and high street brands, some work for furnishing textile companies and others work in education.
Tuition fees, student loans and bursaries
Additional course costs
The course provides materials and equipment for induction and tutor-led workshops. Personal project development will require students to provide their own art materials, sketchbooks and to source and purchase fabrics/materials.