BA (hons) Textiles

Textile design is about the development of all kinds of textile materials for use in a wide variety of ways, from textiles for fashion to interior design and from decorative products to paper-based products, such as greetings cards, gift-wrap and wallpapers. Whatever the medium, a textile designer will have a creative vision and the commercial awareness to turn it into a finished product, starting with a design concept and evolving through creative experimentation. The curriculum is designed for you to gain a confident understanding and intellectual awareness of the nature of textile materials, a working knowledge of elected technical skills in print, stitch and embroidery, and the opportunity to engage with contemporary design practice.

The curriculum is designed for you to gain a confident understanding and intellectual awareness of the nature of textile materials

With core subjects of drawing, colour workshops, traditional studio design techniques and high-end CAD/CAM technologies, understanding materials and digital media will lay the foundations for specialisations in both hand-based and digital applications. Added to these, an integral part of your experience will be gaining commercial and industrial awareness, as well as an understanding of business practice. You will learn about the prediction of trends and, from this, shape your own practices, enabling you to be in advance of trends, rather than simply responding to them. Our emphasis is on developing your individual and creative flair alongside a working understanding of the commercial and professional textiles industry.

As part of this process, you will have the opportunity to meet and learn from designers, makers and external consultants who contribute to the course, and who represent the diversity of professional pathways open to you. Exploring these is at the heart of some of the key features of the course, like its opportunities for public exhibitions and internationalism, and its exposure to international trade and craft fairs.

The structure of the course enables you to gather strong business experience, undertake a work placement within the industry, carry out research with one of our Professors and research staff, or travel to study textile design in countries where the traditions are very different. In the third year, textile students can elect to undertake a business plan or a dissertation, preparing the way for your career on graduation. The choice is yours, and it’s there to help realise your ambitions – whether that is to continue your personal development through further study, build an audience for your work, join an agency or build the beginnings of your client list. ​

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Course information on this page relates to September 2016 entry.

Key Facts

UCAS code: W231
Course length: Three years full-time.
Subject Leader: Dr Keireine Canavan;

For course specific enquiries, please contact Programme Director Dr Keireine Canavan:

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Download the BA Textiles prospectus here

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Cardiff School of Art & Design,
Cardiff Metropolitan University,
Llandaff Campus,
Western Avenue,

Tel: +44 (0)29 2020 5898

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