Course Overview

Taught in a wonderful traditional Art School environment. This unique undergraduate programme has been specifically designed to develop expertise in textile design, craft and creativity. It focuses on developing independent and creative thinking and has been designed to be challenging both artistically and practically. Utilising weave, knit and embroidery as well as digital print and surface design techniques the course prepares you for the interdisciplinary nature of the creative design industry.

Designed to specifically enable you to be well placed to launch a career as a textile designer this creatively demanding course provides high quality creative learning utilising craft and technical skills at the same time as providing opportunities to explore and develop digital surface pattern techniques.

Course Structure

Over the duration of the course, you will utilise a combination of creative intuition and acquired technical skills, using programmes such as CAD, to fully execute your creativity in a professional outlet. To adhere to the employability aspect of the course, you will also learn about the business and marketing aspect of the sector and the development of a professional design portfolio.

During Levels Four and Five, you will build upon existing skills and learn how to utilise your creativity in an innovative and professional manner. The culmination of this will come at Level Six, where you will choose your own personal pathway, and use this to create an individually appropriate final degree collection.

Modules Covered

Level 4 modules include:

  • Creative Practice - Introduction
  • Creative Practice - Experimentation
  • Design Your Futures - Design Research
  • Design Context.

Level 5 modules include:

  • Creative Practice - Market Focus
  • Creative Practice - Trend & Innovation
  • Design Your Futures - Creative Careers
  • Design Matters - Historical & Contemporary Issues.

Level 6 modules include:

  • Major Design Project
  • Design Focus
  • Dissertation
  • Design Your Futures - Promotion & Product.

Learning Methods

Over the duration of the course, you will be encouraged to become increasingly independent, and conduct self-led learning with the support of your tutors, in order for your individual creative potential to flourish. The opportunity for work experience placements, use of professional quality equipment and the support of our diverse team will also aid your creative output.

Teaching Methods

Our experienced programme team boast a diverse range of expertise, from practising designer-makers, to trend forecasting consultants and retail professionals. Our valuable connections with local and national businesses will allow you to access exclusive design resources and a wide range of work experience opportunities. The diversity of teaching will enable you to acquire a wide range of skills associated with textile design, surface pattern and decoration.


In keeping with the challenges and pace of the course, you will be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assignments, in order to maintain a level of creative input and develop skills. The majority of assessable work is practical, and will often be assessed through the presentation of an exhibition or portfolio. The remainder of the course will be based on theory, the assignments for which will be delivered through essays, reports or journals.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

You will have the opportunity to work on live projects from industry, win sponsorships and participate in a work experience scheme. You will benefit greatly from visits by practising designers, textile artists, designer-makers and business professionals. Visits to professional trade fairs for fashion and interiors and the opportunity to study abroad in beautiful cities such as Florence, Barcelona, Paris, Venice or Frankfurt all provide you with a realistic and broad knowledge of the subject and help you prepare for your future employment.

What's Next?

Our programme has an excellent track record of successful graduate careers in design-related industries. As a versatile and independent graduate you will be able to pursue a career within any of a wide variety of textile and surface design-related professions. Recent graduate destinations have included designers, marketing assistants, merchandisers, costumer makers and gallery management. Alternatively, the versatility of the degree also lends itself to postgraduate study, or to teacher training.

Did You Know?

As an Arts and Media student you will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals. You will work with artists and designers a well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions.

You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities.

In 2010, 59% of our BA (Hons) Arts and Media graduates achieved a First or 2:1 degree.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points and GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

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Admission is normally based on your portfolio and interview. 

Applications are encouraged through non-traditional routes. An appropriate level of study will be identified through a portfolio presentation and evidence of professional practice experience at interview (APEL).

Applications are also encouraged from those who have completed an Art & Design Access Certificate course.

For mature candidates, we require appropriate work experience supported by a demonstrated commitment to pursue a specialist area of study.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999

For all other queries call 01274 433333

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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