Fashion and Textile Design BA (Hons)

Overview

If you’re ready to make your mark on the fashion world and unleash your creative ideas, this is the Fashion and Textile Design degree course for you.

You’ll be encouraged to explore your individuality as a designer, and to experiment and innovate with your use of textiles. You’ll develop your craft, whilst using the latest technologies and respecting the values of sustainable and ethical design principles.

This Fashion and Textile Design degree enables you to establish a career as a successful designer for the fashion and textile industry. Our course recognises your individual strengths, and supports you in becoming a confident and knowledgeable professional in your chosen field.

What you'll experience:

  • Immerse yourself in the latest trends, cultures, techniques and technologies in the fashion and textile industry
  • Have the opportunity to apply your creative skills to designing sustainable fashion
  • Learn design methods including drawing techniques, pattern-cutting, fashion illustration, silkscreen and digital printing, embroidery and constructed textiles
  • Use the professional software you’ll use in your career to bring your digital designs to life, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Lectra Kaledo
  • Make use of our modern facilities and equipment, which include industrial sewing machines, laser cutting equipment, and Lectra Modaris, for digital pattern making with 3D prototyping
  • Build your professional network with international guest lecturers fashion industry professionals, like Julian Roberts, Niccolo Casas and Shingo Sato

You can also:

  • Set up your own label or fashion and textile company as part of your studies
  • Exhibit your work at the University’s annual graduate shows and graduate fashion showcases in London

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

What you'll study:

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.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Digital Designing for Fashion and Textiles
  • Core Skills: Fashion
  • Core Skills: Textile
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Studio Practice

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year

Year 2

Core modules

  • Designer-Led Brief
  • Enterprise and Industry: Practice
  • Enterprise and Industry: Experience
  • Enterprise and Industry: Research

Optional modules

  • Exploratory Practice
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • Visual Culture: Cult, Taste and Collecting
  • Visual Culture: Performing Identity
  • Visual Culture: Technology and the Image
  • Visual Culture: Visions of the body

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules

  • Major Project: Collection
  • Major Project: Concept
  • Major Project: Development
  • Major Project: Resolution
  • Portfolio

Optional modules

  • Visual Culture: Dissertation
  • Visual Culture: Research Project

Teaching

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.

How you're assessed

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Fashion and Textile Design degree?

You could work in areas such as:

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

Previous students have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:

  • Ralph Lauren
  • Hugo Boss
  • Matthew Williamson

Others have secured careers working within major retailers including River Island, Fat Face, and 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.com
  • Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.

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

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