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Bradford College

FdA Textiles Practice

Subject Area
Arts & Media
Qualification Gained
FdA Textiles Practice (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
4 years Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The Foundation Degree in Textiles Practice has been specifically developed for those wishing to develop professional practice in textile art, contemporary craft and designer-made products. The course will develop your technical skills in mixed media, stitch and constructed textiles, as well as focussing on researching ideas and developing original designs. Links between historical and contemporary practices in textiles will be made through guided research and individual practice.

The unique part-time course format has been designed for those from non-traditional learning routes and learners who need to organise study flexibly around other commitments.

“Over exceeded expectations of what we would learn, achieve and produce by the end of the course…loved the experimentation with techniques”
Year 1 Sketchbooks for Textiles module student

“More than met all expectations. Found that it has really helped develop my confidence and skills”
Year 1 Sketchbooks for Textiles module student

“Learning and teaching is exceptional with good practice as standard”
Sharon Watts, External Examiner report 2021

  Key Info

You will develop both practical skills as well as the theory and knowledge to put your techniques into place.

During teaching blocks at college, teaching takes the form of group critiques with peers, seminars, group presentations, lectures, workshop inductions, practical demonstrations and hands-on practical activity. The curriculum is enriched by external study visits, trips and visiting speakers. The on-site Bradford College Textile Archive is widely used for teaching and independent student research. Students also have access to industry-led talks and activities via our industry links with the Bradford Textile Society, and local art networks.

The programme is delivered part-time over four years. With level 4 modules studied in years 1 and 2, and level 5 modules completed in years 3 and 4.

Level 4:

  • Sketchbooks for Textiles (20 credits)
  • Mark and Surface (20 credits)
  • Colour and Material (20 credits)
  • Practice in Context 1 (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Creative Research (20 credits)
  • Textile Project 1 (20 credits)

Level 5:

  • Creative Research 2 (20 credits)
  • Constructed Textiles (20 credits)
  • Mixed Media Textiles (20 credits)
  • Textile Project 2: Individual Project (40 credits)
  • Practice in Context 2 (20 credits)

Entry to this course requires 80 UCAS tariff points.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short-course and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants will be interviewed with a portfolio of work and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application. Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are welcomed by the College. Students should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such recognition.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process.

Please note, there may be additional course costs:

  • Equipment,art materials, sketchbooks, display materials, printing and textile materials for project work: £800 – Maximum – most students will spend less than this (essential cost)
  • Trips/visit to exhibitions etc. – Maximum: £250 (essential cost)
  • Placement expenditure including travel : £0
  • Materials for final collection: £500 – Maximum – most students will spend less than this (essential cost)
  • Domestic sewing machine – basic model (if not already owned) – Maximum  (optional cost)

Total additional costs: £195o.

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes for each module and are completed by the end of the module. Assessments generally take the form of course work in the form of specific project briefs appropriate to each module, which may include some of the following:

  • Research files
  • Sketchbooks, drawing and visual journals
  • Illustrated reports
  • Textile sampling
  • Finished products
  • Verbal and visual presentations
  • Exhibitions or portfolios

Formative assessment takes place throughout the course, during feedback at one-to-one tutorials and through peer review at group critiques. This feedback is aimed to support the learner’s development and does not contribute to a final grade.

Written summative assessment will be provided by the module tutor after the module has been completed. Verbal feedback may also be offered during tutorials to provide clarification.

The curriculum is enriched by external study visits, trips and visiting speakers. Students also have access to industry-led talks and activities via our industry links with the Bradford Textile Society, and local art networks.

Successful completion of this course means that you would be eligible to apply to study at degree level, and could join our successful Arts and Media programmes, within the Art School. You can expect to become part of a community of creative learners. Our students value the Bradford School of Art community and becoming part of a wider network of creatives.

Graduates from our HE textiles programmes continue on to further study – ultimately to Masters study and PGCE. They continue careers as practising textile artists, crafts practitioners, archivists, teachers and designers in greetings, textiles and related industries.

Fees: £2,625 per year (60 credits).

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

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