Fashion and Textile Design BA (Hons)

Overview

Bring your creative and original ideas to life on our multi-award-winning Fashion and Textile Design degree course. 

You'll develop your innovation, self-awareness, and critical thinking via our teaching approach – which integrates sustainable and ethical design principles, focuses on your unique strengths, and shapes you into a confident and cultured professional. You'll also develop communication, leadership, and collaboration skills through exchange and enterprise projects, and you’ll build a deep knowledge of traditional and digital making skills using industry-level facilities.

Using innovative research methods, you’ll be able to deliver authentic, imaginative work that pushes the boundaries of what fashion and textile design means now and in the future.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Master traditional and modern fashion design methods including drawing techniques, pattern-cutting, fashion illustration, silkscreen and digital printing, embroidery and constructed textiles
  • Further your creativity, research, practice and environmental specialism by taking part in our sustainable fashion research project PO1
  • Bolster your entrepreneurship by setting up your own label or fashion and textile company as part of your studies
  • Gain valuable industry experience by taking an optional placement – either with a company or as self-employed
  • Enhance your collaboration and team-working skills by working with other students on other courses in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Get insight into the fashion industry by attending guest lectures by visiting international professionals – previous visitors include Julian Roberts, Niccolo Casas and Shingo Sato
  • Impress potential employers by exhibiting your work at the University’s annual graduate shows and Graduate Fashion Week showcases in London

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Placements are also a great way to build upon your existing skills and knowledge for your final-year studies, and can make you attractive to employers after you graduate.

You can work with a company, or go self-employed and start up your own business with other fellow students or by yourself.

Whatever you decide, you'll get support from our Creative Careers team.

Previous students have completed work placements at designers such as:

  • Paul Smith
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Peter Pilotto

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

You’ll be assessed through:

  • research and developmental work
  • industry set briefs/live competitions
  • fashion and/or textile collections
  • digital designs and design boards
  • making and construction skills
  • group work
  • written essays or reports

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • studio practice

There's an emphasis on developing your design and creative skills, challenging your creativity and encouraging participation in shaping the future of the fashion and textiles industry.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

Student Destinations

Our collaborative and project-orientated course will give you the skills to become highly employable.

Our graduates have worked across design, marketing, communications and commerce in areas such as:

  • fashion, textile or accessories design
  • trend prediction
  • buying
  • visual merchandising
  • teaching or lecturing
  • journalism or writing

Our graduates have worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and major retailers, including:

  • Ralph Lauren
  • Hugo Boss
  • Matthew Williamson
  • River Island
  • Fat Face
  • Marks and Spencer

Previous students on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:

  • Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS
  • Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer.
BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will need to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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