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Textile Design - BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0027-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 3 Years

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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.

Key features

  • Personal and artistic development
  • Traditional and digital print facilities, sewing workshop and knit machines
  • Open access to campus-wide facilities including laser cutter, 3D craft workshop, pattern cutting tables and photo studios
  • Technical support and regular tutorials

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Course requirements

Interview with portfolio. 

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

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. 

Module list

Year 1

  • Creative Skills 1: Workshop and design skills for fashion & textiles
  • Specialist Module 1: 2D and 3D textile processes
  • Specialist Module 2: Responsible design
  • Creative Skills 2 : Research & design skills for surface design
  • Marketing report and PDP career research
  • Creative research

Year 2

  • Specialist Module 3 Design for industry: industry / competition-linked project
  • Specialist Module 4: Drawing for design
  • Specialist Module 5: Production techniques
  • Professional Practice 1: Enterprise, employability & entrepreneurship: Personal development & preparing for work in the textile Industry
  • Professional Studies 2: Work experience / industry brief
  • Creative research 2

Year 3

  • Specialist Module 6: Textile & surface design project
  • Professional Profile: Enterprise, employability & entrepreneurship :Personal development & career planning
  • Specialist Module 7: Final major project research
  • Specialist Module 8 :Final major project realisation
  • Advanced creative research (dissertation)

Potential careers

  • Freelance or studio designer (fashion/interiors/accessories)
  • Independent designer/maker 
  • Illustrator
  • Trend forecaster
  • Buying & merchandising
  • Stylist
  • Teacher
  • 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.

Potential careers

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. 

  • student Views Amy McDonogh BA Textile Design

    “I 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.”

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