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Textiles BA/BSc(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2024-25)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.
Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

18 September 2023


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. Based in a state of the art £30m building, you'll become skilled at using digital technology and specialist hand techniques to develop knowledge of print & dye, knit, weave and embroidery.
  2. The course is accredited by the Textile Institute, who recognise its quality, excellence and partnerships with industry.
  3. Prepare for a successful career in textiles and develop your professional skills by undertaking a work placement or setting up your own business through our unique Enterprise Placement Year.

Textiles is broad industry that thrives on innovation and ideas. A BA/BSc in Textiles will support your development towards a career as a Textile Designer, Surface Designer or Textile Craft Practitioner, allowing you to connect your creative potential to the wide-ranging possibilities that this diverse subject area has to offer.

Why study Textile Design?

  • Explore and ultimately specialise in print, knit, weave or embroidery. Our academic and technical staff will help you gain practical hands-on skills, using hand techniques and digital technology, that can lead to the creation of materials and products used in the worlds of fashion, interiors or craft.
  • Discover the type of textile practitioner that you are. Our modules, which may be partnered with industry collaborators, will help you develop trend, sustainability and market awareness alongside the drawing, making, visualising and styling skills that can support a creative portfolio.
  • Investigate how textile design can emerge through creative play. Explore the process of drawing for textiles, research and develop from concept to creation and find resourceful and inventive ways to illustrate design and craft outcomes.
  • Advance your creative, professional and intellectual abilities that will prepare you for a future career in textiles, via industry experience opportunities such as sponsored projects, competitions, placements, guest lectures or freelance business development support.

As a Textiles student, you will have the chance to develop your artistic skills and experiment with a wide variety of techniques in our high-end facilities, workshops and flexible studio spaces. Sessions working with the materials and processes that shape textiles 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 many of industries that employ textile graduates each year.

Textiles has an 80% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2021)

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.

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.

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 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.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2023 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2024, please view the 2024-25 course information.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, you will also need:

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: Joules – Leicestershire; Dash and Miller – Bristol; Marks and Spencer - London; Mamas & Papas - Huddersfield; Katrien Van Hecke – Belgium; Souraya – Australia; Wooltex – Huddersfield, Heritage Cashmere – Halifax; Max Mara – London; Aleksandra Gaca – Delft, Netherlands; Botany Weaving – Dublin; Knit and Crochet Guild – Slaithwaite; Margo Selby – Whitstable; Oxfam Online – Batley; Pattern Textiles – London; Calder Screenprint Ltd. – Sowerby Bridge; Visage Textiles Ltd – Manchester; Bay and Brown – London; The Craft Cotton Co – Manchester; Wallace and Sewell – Colne; Rare Threads – London; Hand and Lock – London and Sage Automotive Interiors – Bury.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, 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.

I’m a Creative Assistant at Skopos Fabrics. So far, I've been involved in trend and colour research, design processes, AVA, fabric printing, scientific testing, and marketing. I chose this placement as I knew it would be great experience and an opportunity to improve my skills on AVA.

Image of placement student Melissa, at Skopos Fabric

Melissa Haram, Textile current student

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 our undergraduate students from this course go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

Source: **GEMS and LinkedIn


95% Graduates employed*

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