Fashion Design with Textiles BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Fashion Design with Textiles is one of our new suite of courses. This course focuses on fashion design but adds the speciality of textile design, creation and embellishment, making this course stand out from its sister routes - Fashion Design with Marketing and Fashion Design with Digital Technology. All students on this suite of courses study fashion design together, then split off for a time every week to specialise in the given aspect they choose.

This course specialism focuses on textiles as the raw material of fashion design. Understand what’s possible and you could develop some vital skills for the fashion industry. Whether you go on to design garments for the catwalk or aspire to be a tailor on Savile Row, this could be the start of your career.

  • We’ll give you the chance to focus on designing fashion garments, while developing creative textile ideas for fashion. In your final year, you'll also have the opportunity to integrate exciting textile embellishment ideas into your design projects. We want to give you the chance to study in a stimulating environment so that you can build up your aesthetic, intellectual and multi-disciplinary skills.
  • On your course you’ll be able to use a range of contemporary technology to bring your ideas to life. Our studios are home to a range of technology, including industry-standard sewing machines, computer aided embroidery, laser-cutting, digital ink-jet fabric printing, as well as pattern cutting equipment.
  • However you want to get creative, you’ll have the chance to choose the equipment you need to develop your own individual style. You’ll be fully supported in your work by a team of skilled technical staff.

At the end of the course you could have the knowledge and the ability to move on to a career in a truly global and dynamic industry. If you opt for a four year course, you’ll have the chance to go on a placement in your third year and gain some invaluable experience within the world of fashion.

We also have many guest lecturers. Some previous presenters have been Alan Cannon Jones – Saville Row Tailor, Davinder Madaher – Print Designer – Workshops, and Sadie Clayton – Fashion Designer.

Also, we've had students have gone on placements with companies like LK Bennett, London; Matthew Williamson, London; Vivienne Westwood, London; Stella McCartney, London; Me and Thee, Huddersfield; Jo-Y-Jo, Manchester; Christy Group, Barnsley; Boohoo, Manchester; Christopher Kane, Paris and Eliaz Bridal Fashion, Bulgaria.

This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.

The four years I have spent studying Fashion have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It has been difficult and pushed me to my limit many times, but the rewarding feeling at the end of each academic year was amazing and graduating after four years of studying makes all the difficult times worth it in the end. I'm really thankful for everything I've studied and amazing friends I've met along the way.

Profile photo of 2019 Fashion Design graduate Sophie Leek

Sophie Leek, Fashion Design with Textiles BA(Hons) 2019 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Fashion Techniques and Processes

The introduction to Fashion Techniques and Processes module will present the foundations of fashion design, the basic principles of pattern cutting and the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction through holistic approaches. The module content is made up of two parts of equal weighting. These elements will be explored and developed through the induction of a range of creative and technical skills, materials and processes, including the use of specialist facilities. Combining these elements aims to develop fundamental aesthetic considerations to process and creative solutions, alongside practical skill development.

Fashion Concept, Development and Realisation

Continuing on from the Fashion Techniques and Processes module, Fashion Concept, Development and Realisation will consolidate and enrich previously acquired skills and foundation knowledge concerning the basic principles of fashion design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture. This module is made up of two parts of equal weighting. Your research will cultivate further exploration of design development themes, guiding the subsequent transition into pattern development and relevant three-dimensional garment realisation. Aesthetic responsiveness, intellectual enquiry and practical skill development will continue to support the exploration of a broad range of skills, specialist facilities and materials and processes to provide rigour in thought, method and creative solution including;

Critical Studies in Fashion

An understanding of past, present and future fashion design practice and globalisation theory is crucial in becoming a well-rounded, informed fashion designer. In this module you will learn about critical issues within the fashion industry and will develop your expertise in examining the concept of fashion, the theory and practice of fashion design and the mechanics of the industry. Through examination of key practices and literature, you will develop a critical understanding of the issues that affect design and manufacturing processes, fashion marketing and communications and managerial concepts and systems. You will develop an understanding of current practices and future opportunities within the industry and will reflect in a critical manner on both your own and other’s work. A focused lecture series will be supported by group discussions and tutorials and you will develop your writing and presentation skills. You will work with your peers and tutors to develop skills and personal interests which are relevant to your own specialism. The module will help you develop a critical vocabulary and the means through which to communicate your ideas. It will help you develop your academic writing skills and help you embed theoretical material into your specialist practice.

Textiles for Fashion Design

This module will introduce you to the basic textile embellishment materials and techniques for fashion design. This will include both historical and contemporary textiles used in fashion design, focusing upon fashion print, embroidery, manipulation and deconstruction of fabrics, patchwork, felting and other forms of embellishment. This module will encourage awareness of the vast and exciting design opportunities inherent in textile design for fashion. This will include a basic awareness of fibres, yarns and fabrics used in textile embellishment and an understanding of the basic techniques used for constructing, manipulating and embellishing textile materials and developing samples. You will also appreciate an understanding of the nature and properties of textile materials and sourcing for fashion design and have the ability to reflect upon these skills whilst writing about your own practice and its relationship to commercial practice.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please call our Clearing Helpline Team by emailing

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 on the course have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: LK Bennett - London; Matthew Williamson - London; Vivienne Westwood - London; Stella McCartney - London; Me and Thee - Huddersfield; Jo-Y-Jo - Manchester; Christy Group - Barnsley; Temperley - London; Oasis Stores- London; Emilia Wickstead - London , Faustine Steinmetz - London; Christopher Kane – Paris and Eliaz Bridal Fashion - Bulgaria.

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 placement here.

I started my placement year off at Temperley London as the Product Development Intern and learnt a great deal. After four months I decided that it would be beneficial to see how another company works and landed a Menswear Buying internship at Urban Outfitters which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Fashion Design graduate Sophie Smart

Sophie Smart, Fashion Design 2018 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 Fashion Design students. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

This course aims to help you develop the skills needed to go on to work in design, styling, merchandising, buying, selection, management, marketing and promotion, fashion journalism, product development and manufacturing. Some companies our graduates have gone on to work for include Bonmarche, Burberry, Christy's by design, IJP Design and Visage.**

Recent placements include Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, Faustine Steinmetz, Private White VC, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, LK Bennett, Matthew Williamson, Preen, Boohoo, and Christopher Kane (Paris).

Competitions and live briefs, along with an exciting schedule of visiting speakers from industry, will give you the opportunity to be inspired, and truly engage with this diverse industry.

 * Percentage of graduates from this course 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

85% 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.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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