23 September 2019
3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
A Level - BBB
BTEC - DMM
74 across all three Textile Practice course routes
Whether you’re hoping to go into the fashion industry or work in interiors, our Textile Practice (Textile Design) BA/BSc(Hons) course gives you the opportunity to experiment with a breadth of materials. From creating new and innovative fabric designs to thinking about the textiles all around us, you’ll be able to develop your aesthetic, commercial and professional awareness.
Yarns, fibres, materials, this course aims to get you thinking about textiles, techniques and processes, and thinking creatively about the possibilities that textiles open up.
We’ll look at digital design, knitting, weaving, embroidery/stitching and printing/dying. You’ll have the opportunity to try out each technique, and understand how you can develop your practical approaches for the fashion and interior industries. We’ll look at current and predicted global trends in fashion and interiors, and you might well have the chance to explore new technologies alongside the more traditional approaches.
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 creative, professional, intellectual and personal skills, all of which could help you become a contemporary textile practitioner, designer maker or commercial designer. Sustainability and design ethics are an important part of the course, both in theory and practice, and we’ll give you the chance to learn how you can use your creativity to develop solutions to real-world problems.
Textile Practice (Textile Design) BA/BSc(Hons) is part of a suite of three textile practice courses.
Once you’ve enrolled on one of the textile practice courses, you’re free to switch to another during the final year (with the agreement of your tutors)if your interests change.
The course is accredited by the Textile Institute.
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, Course Leader
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 focused, 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).
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 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.
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).
This module will be directly informed by your advanced materials and process module and allows you to explore a series of outcomes which will expand and develop methods of research, sampling, making and presentation within your practice area of: - designer maker (for textile, craft, art, design or surface design) - commercial designer (for textile or surface design) - contemporary practice (for textile craft, art or surface design)
You will have the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of selected textiles, surface and craft techniques through exploration and experimentation in the workshops, in relation to your chosen specialism. The emphasis will be on learning through an inventive, creative and experimental approach through a series of practical projects, with emphasis on using visual research and development skills to produce challenging outcomes to briefs. You will be asked to produce a portfolio of work (100% of the module marks) that comprises visual research and development, initial concepts, experimental and innovative samples and supporting technical information.
This module aims to build on the knowledge and skills obtained at Foundation level and develop your ability to understand and engage critically with a range of visual, oral and written contexts that inform textiles and surface design. You will have the opportunity to research, appraise and analyse cultural debates and critical conventions, and use these selectively to define and evaluate your own work within wider contexts. 50%/50%.
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
This module is designed to establish and inform your major project. Within it you will be encouraged to identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module aims to re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will be encouraged to demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. You’ll be able to define the context and parameters of this module through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. 100% portfolio.
You’ll be encouraged to concentrate your work on a mature and self-motivated approach, based on a self-prepared and realistic design brief, including an action plan. You will have the opportunity to build upon and test research developed in THD1340 Research and Development. You will be encouraged to channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create, innovate original or highly professional propositions appropriate to textile design for fashion or interiors. You will be supported in realising the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. All the studies will be directed towards the presentation of work for an exhibition and an enhanced portfolio. 100%.
Choose either -
The module is specifically designed to unfold throughout the final year reflecting theoretical, technical and professional issues appropriate to your practice. The module is intended to be a critical and diagnostic tool with which to examine your work. It can be made up of a series of outputs and will help you to determine and contextualise the direction of your practice-based modules. The process of reflection, research and critical analysis is vital to the module. It will help you to identify connections between concept, method, realisation and mediation of your major project. It will allow you to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge and insight into your specialism enabling you to make informed decisions/judgments related to your practical outputs. 20% verbal presentation/80% project
This module enables you to complement your major project by undertaking an in-depth market/technical analysis and evaluation of your finalised design. You will be encouraged to extend and apply your knowledge of manufacturing, production and specification design to your design practice: products, environments, buildings, materials etc. You will be asked to demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of market, technical, manufacturing and economic aspects relating to your design solutions. 20% oral presentation / 80% project package.
28.7% of the study time on this course is spent in workshop demonstrations, taught classes and lectures etc.
You will 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.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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.
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.
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A gallery of work by our students and graduates, from our suite of Textile Practice courses. Click on each image to find out more.
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