“Core subjects including drawing, colour workshops, understanding materials and digital media, which will be underpinned by self-reflection, critical analysis and theory”
About the course
UCAS Code: W231
Subject Leader: Dr Keireine Canavan
Minimum Tariff: 300 UCAS tariff points from at least two A-levels (or equivalent), plus portfolio
Admisssions Tutor: Dr Keireine Canavan
BA (Hons) Textiles is positioned as a forward-thinking programme, directed at the future of fashion apparel, interior design and surface decoration for the paper product industry. The primary specialism is in print and stitch, one that is broad-based and experimental for body and space.
The programme demands high levels of manual dexterity. Students engage with colour workshops, traditional studio design techniques, and sophisticated application of high-end technologies, such as CAD/CAM digital textile print and digital embroidery. Students can extend their skill range by electing to undertake training in the whole range of technologies available in the School, including metal-casting, plaster-moulding and woodworking.
“ Students indicated that they greatly appreciated the teaching and the depth of knowledge of teaching staff.” Professor Leslie Millar MBE, External Examiner
Knowledge of current trend predictions and participation in international trade and craft fairs, with optional industrial placements, provide students with a greater understanding of the commercial and professional textile industry. Indeed, students can elect to undertake projects on business and to replace their final year dissertation with a business plan, preparing them to set up their own business after graduation.
All undergraduate study is underpinned by selfreflection, critical analysis and theory, culminating in a dissertation or a business plan in the final year of study. Commercial and industrial awareness, as well as an understanding of business practice and entrepreneurship, will form an integral part of the student experience. External consultants, designers and makers contribute to the programme, with opportunities for public exhibitions and international competitions being a key feature.
Students undertake a particular module in each year, where they must apply their skills and test their ideas in a choice of contexts. In the first year particularly, this involves collaborative work from students from other programmes in the School, promoting the fusion of ideas and cross-disciplinary initiatives. In the second year of study, students get to choose from a wide range of projects including working with one of our professors, a work placement, dedicated projects on ideas (e.g, the landscape), study abroad through the Erasmus programme or on projects set abroad, for example in Venice.
Graduates are well positioned to work as designers in large organisations for the fashion, interior, or paper design industry, including wallpaper and stationery design, or to set up their own business.
In the third year, students devote themselves to the exploration of their own questions within the area of practice and use of new technologies that they have elected, through the support and advice of the academic team. Students find their own voice and employ a diversity of approaches, emerging on graduation as unique and talented textiles designers.
Graduates are well positioned for the current employment market; to work as designers in large organisations for the fashion or interior industry, or the paper design industry, including wallpaper and stationery design, or set up their own business. Some take further training, for example a PGCE or elect to further their studies at CSAD for an MFA, MDes or an MA (Art & Design).