Textiles BA/BSc(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

About the course

Are you a creative person? Do you have a passion for design, making or material innovation? Textiles BA/BSc(Hons) allows you to explore the wide-ranging creative potential that this exciting and diverse subject area has to offer.

As a Textiles student, you will have the chance to develop your artistic skills and experiment with a breadth of materials and techniques in our world class workshop and studio environment. Workshops looking at areas such as print, knit, weave, embroidery and digital design will help you discover the type of textile practitioner that you are. Understanding this could provide you with the skills needed for a career in one of the myriad of industries that employ textile graduates each year.

  • Our workshops are amazingly creative spaces where you will have the chance to produce innovative designs allowing you to explore how to make the textiles and surfaces which surround us all each day. You’ll be able to develop your aesthetic, commercial and professional awareness whether you become a Textile Designer, a Surface Designer and Illustrator or a Textile Craft Practitioner and will be supported by expert academic and technical staff who are actively engaged in research and are professional designers and artists in their own right.
  • Drawing is an essential part of the design cycle. It can be used loosely to inspire colourways and texture or could be integral in the production of a surface design illustration. A drawing may become a building block in a digital design process useful for real world applications.
  • The course is designed to help you develop craft skills used in the creation of products suitable for the fashion or interiors market. Our modules which may be partnered with industry collaborators will help you learn about these design and production processes so you can see how your ideas may become fabric for fashion seen on the catwalk, the patterns that cover the walls, floors and surfaces of interior spaces, wrap our presents or accessorize our lives.

We will encourage you to develop your creative, professional, intellectual and personal abilities as these are acknowledged as the key skills required for a broad range of textile related careers and if you opt for a four-year course you will have the chance to go on placement, gaining invaluable experience in the world of textiles. Previous placements have included companies such as Anthropologie, Mary Katrantzou, Bag it Don’t Bin it, Hand & Lock, The Hepworth Art Gallery, IKEA, The Knit and Crochet guild, Philip Treacy and John Lewis. The course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.

My time on placement year combined with the technical knowledge and teaching at University, has taught me a variety of approaches to designing - something which my tutors have greatly encouraged. Setting up my degree show was a hard challenge but the outcome was extremely rewarding.

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Holly Tolson, Textile Practice (Surface Design) 2019 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module provides a foundation which aims to introduce you to the range of professional practice routes that you will be able to study through the Intermediate and Honours levels of the course. You will be able to creatively explore the routes of Textile Design, Surface Design and Textile Craft. Working on a range of industry focused, self-written or independent projects you will begin to establish an understanding of material process, colour theory, technical, analytical, expressive and applied research skills to produce a portfolio of work (100% of module marks).

Introduction to Materials and Process

This module introduces you to the fundamental processes that enable the creation of textiles and surface materials through a series of practical workshop activities. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding and working knowledge of materials using the print and dye, digital, knit, weave and embroidery workshops. You will be able to explore new technologies alongside traditional hand processes to produce a portfolio of creative samples and technical knowledge inspired by your visual research (100% of the module marks)

Visual Research

Visual research and its relationship to your practice will be introduced in this module. You will be asked to produce a portfolio of drawings from both primary and secondary research (100% of the module marks) with an emphasis on developing your own personal vocabulary. A diverse range of drawing, mixed-media, colour theory, 3-D and digital techniques will be explored to encourage an experimental and analytical approach to drawing thereby enabling an aesthetic understanding to complement your material and textile sampling.

Introduction to Theory and Context

The vital discourses and debates surrounding the influences, production and critical reception of contemporary textiles, surface design and illustration and textile craft will be explored in this module. You will be supported in developing a grounded understanding of the context of theory and its relationship to practice and business. You will address key concepts, encouraging you to expand your understanding of how the subject relates to other disciplines (film, media, popular culture, business and marketing). You will be asked to produce a contextual portfolio of written outcomes, comprising project proposals, critical reviews, creative writing and market reports (100% of the module marks).

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

In addition to the academic entry requirements, the following requirements apply:

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.


The course offers an optional one-year (36 weeks minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students studying Textile courses have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Marks and Spencer - London; Miss Selfridge - London; Hat Therapy - Hebden Bridge; Taylor and Lodge - Huddersfield; Visage - Manchester; Mamas & Papas - Huddersfield; Primeur Ltd - Bradford; Christy Garments - Barnsley; Oxfam Online - Batley; GTM Europe - Manchester; Isabella Oliver – London; TOFT – Rugby; Katrien Van Hecke – Belgium; Margo Selby – Kent; Souraya – Australia; Wooltex - Huddersfield and Sage Automotive Interiors - Bury.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Throughout placement year I worked within art, textiles and archival companies ranging from world renowned companies such as Philip Treacy to a local voluntary-run archive of the Knitting and Crochet Guil. My confidence has grown massively and my technical skills are more refined.

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Claye Bowler, Textile Practice (Textile Craft & Art) 2019 graduate

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Textiles students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

This course aims to help you to develop the skills needed for roles such as product developer, designer, fabric technologist, buyer, merchandiser, stylist and trend forecaster for a range of retailers and manufacturing companies.

Graduates from our textiles courses are now working in roles at companies including Marks and Spencer, Burberry, Michael Kors and Primark, as well as Jaguar Land Rover and Crafty Praxis.**

Previous placements have included companies such as Anthropologie, Mary Katrantzou, Bag it Don’t Bin it, Hand & Lock, The Hepworth Art Gallery, IKEA, The Knit and Crochet guild, Philip Treacy and John Lewis. The course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

Source: **GEMS and LinkedIn

89-90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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