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

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19)

Start date

23 September 2019


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


See full entry requirements



Places available (subject to change)

74 across all three Textile Practice course routes

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472114

About the course

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

Matthew Taylor, Course Leader

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 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).

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).

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.

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.
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

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 Barbara Hepworth Building

The new Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield brings together our Art, Design and Architecture programmes under one roof.

The £30million investment embodies all that is current, contemporary and creative. It offers huge potential to act as a catalyst for future connectivity, setting the scene for collaboration and learning.

Due to open in late 2019, our students will experience a completely new way of working, revolutionising partnerships and creative exchanges from their first day of study.

For more information, please visit: hud.ac/edm

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.


The course offers an optional one-year (36 week 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 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.

Whilst working for Topshop I was involved with the in-house designers to develop new season prints. One of my designs was selected for the Boutique range. I can’t begin to convey how much I learned.

Hannah Reuter

Hannah Reuter, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors BSc(Hons), placement with Topshop, London

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. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
  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.

HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018. *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).

* Source: 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.

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

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