Textile Practice (Surface Design) BA/BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Textile Practice (Surface Design) lets you study innovative textile-based thinking to design new materials and surfaces for a broad range of industries.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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Places available (subject to change)

74 across all three Textile Practice course routes

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472114

About the course

Exciting developments in textiles and fabrics are opening up a world of possibilities. Textile Practice (Surface Design) BA/BSc(Hons) gives you the chance to explore the potential, as well as new materials and surfaces, thanks to innovative textile-based thinking.

The course aims to get you thinking creatively and looking into the possibilities that textiles and surface design open up. We’ll look at how digital design, embroidery/stitching or printing/dying could be applied to a range of surfaces, and you will also have the opportunity to try out knitting, weaving and future materials too. This should help you understand how to develop your practical approaches suitably for the interiors or fashion industry.

You’ll have the chance to work on projects with businesses in the industry, not to mention design innovators too. And perhaps even exhibit your products at a key industry tradeshow. We’ll also give you the opportunity to go on field trips to trade shows and exhibitions so you can see the latest thinking and techniques.

While you get a feel for the practical side of things we’ll aim to develop some key skills that will be useful for lots of careers. Like your visual communication skills and conceptual thinking. It’s all focused on equipping you with the knowledge and abilities that will help you stand out as a future designer-maker or commercial designer in the industry.

The course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear. At the end of your studies, you will have had the opportunity to built your personal vision alongside research, innovative thinking and practical skills and know how to push the boundaries of your ideas.

We believe in keeping your options open as you study too. Textile Practice (Surface Design) BA/BSc(Hons) is part of a suite of three courses that includes Textile Practice (Textile Design) BA/BSc(Hons) and Textile Practice (Textile Crafts and Art) BA/BSc(Hons). Once you’ve enrolled on one of the courses, you’re free to switch to another during the final year (with the agreement of your tutors) if your interests change. You only have to apply for one course within the suite we offer.

A student of Textile Practice has the chance to develop their passion for textiles, crafts or surfaces into a portfolio preparing them for a future career within their industry. The textiles team has the knowledge and experience to help develop the skills of students, revealing their potential as the designers, makers and contemporary practitioners of tomorrow.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor, Course Leader


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) 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 Textile Practice 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.

During my placement year I gained a wealth of experience living and working abroad. Working for Adidas was amazing. I was able to enhance my design skills and learn about different business aspects.

Sophie Wilkinson

Sophie Wilkinson, Textiles with Surface Design BSc(Hons), placement with Adidas in Nuremberg, Germany

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.

You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview, when strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Explore our facilities

Explore the facilities and technical resources available to art, design and architecture students at the University of Huddersfield including laser cutting and 3D printing.

You’ll see the spaces in which our students work from design suites to textile workshops and photography studios, plus examples of the inspiring work they produce.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module is 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 the Designer Maker, Designer for Industry and Contemporary Practitioner. Working on a range of industry led, self-written and independent projects you will begin to establish an understanding of material process, colour, theory, technical, expressive, analytical and applied research skills and produce a portfolio of work (worth 100% of module marks).

Introduction to Materials and Process

This module introduces you to the fundamental processes of textiles and surface materials through a series of practical workshop activities. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding and working knowledge of both hard and soft materials using the print, dye, knit, embroidery and weave workshops. You will be able to explore new technologies alongside traditional hand processes to produce a portfolio of creative samples and technical knowledge (worth 100% of the module marks) which are 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 (worth 100% of the module marks) with an emphasis on developing your own personal vocabulary. A diverse range of colour application/theory, drawing, mixed-media, 3-D and digital techniques will be explored to foster an experimental and analytical approach and develop an aesthetic understanding in relation to 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 and surface design 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. We’ll also help you to 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 (worth 100% of the module marks).

32% of the study time on this course is spent in workshop demonstrations, taught classes and lectures etc.

You'll learn through studio-based projects, workshop demonstrations, workshop practicals, lectures and group work. We adopt a range of assessment methods to test the learning outcomes within each module, and your assessment will include production of portfolios, research and development work, presentations, technical records and written assignments.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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 number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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 students and graduates, from our suite of Textile Practice courses. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available, 86% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

80-86%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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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