Course Overview

The Foundation Degree in Textiles Practice has been specifically developed for those wishing to develop a 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. Distinctive aspects of the course include:

  • Part-time blended learning delivery
  • Delivery of specialist teaching in college during weekend teaching blocks
  • Flexible study to fit around students' other commitments
  • Employment focus on portfolio careers in textile art and craft
  • Connections between theory and creative practice
  • Links with local and national textile organisations

Skills You Will Develop:

The principal aims of the programme are to:

  •  Develop practical skills and knowledge of textile techniques and the ability to apply these creatively.
  •  Build knowledge of historical and contemporary influences on textile practice.
  • Investigate visual and critical ideas in response to self-initiated activity and set briefs.
  • Develop critical abilities in developing from initial ideas into resolved textile outcomes or products.
  • Enable you to situate your practice within the context of contemporary textile art and design practice.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered part-time over 4 years. With level 4 modules studied in years 1 and 2, and level 5 modules completed in years 3 and 4.
The unique blended learning structure means that students attend for short blocks of teaching at weekends, during which a project brief is set with workshops, lectures and seminars necessary to the module. Students then work at home on their projects, guided by regular tutorials (by email, phone, or at college) with a dedicated tutor.
Year 1 (level 4)

Mark & Surface (20 credits)
Semester 1

Sketchbooks for Textiles 
(20 Credits)

Semester 1 & 2

Colour & Material (20 credits)
Semester 2

Year 2 (level 4)

Introduction to Creative research (20 Credits)
Semester 2

Practice in Context 1
(20 credits)

Semester 1 & 2

Textile Project 1 (20 credits)
Semester 2 

Year 3 (level 5)

Constructed Textiles (20 credits)
Semester 1

Creative Research 2
(20 credits)

Semester 1 & 2

Mixed Media Textiles (20 credits)
Semester 2

Year 4 (level 5)

Textile Project 2: Individual Project
(40 credits)

Practice in Context 2
(20 credits)
Semester 1 & 2 


At Bradford School of Art we place a strong emphasis on experimental, workshop based learning and we have exceptionally well equipped workshop facilities with many computer-interfaced machines. All workshop areas are supported by specialist technicians.

Printed Textiles:

The school has an excellent screen printing workshop with facilities for printing textile samples, full length repeats, colour separation and print for paper (e.g. wallpaper). We also have two digital textile printers, able to print on a wide range of substrates.

Constructed Textiles:

The constructed textile workshop is well equipped with table looms, George Wood Dobby, computer linked 24 shaft looms and a Bonas power Jacquard for woven textiles. Brother machines, Dubied and Passap 8000 jacquard machines for knitted textiles.

Embroidered Textiles:

The sewing area is equipped with extensive machinery and specialised embroidery and embellishment machines including domestic Bernina, Cornelli, Irish, smocker-pleater machines and embellishers.

Digital Suite:

Students have access to specialist software which includes Apso, 3Di, Weave-It, Design-a Knit, Adobe suite (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign). We have excellent digital print facilities up to A0 and can print onto a wide range of substrates.

Laser Cutter:

Our popular large-scale laser cutter enables digital designs to be engraved and cut through a wide range of materials including wood, plastics, textile, foam and leather.

Bradford Textile Archive

The School is also the home of the Bradford Textile Archive, an invaluable research resource for students, which contains important historic textiles including an extensive collection of 18th century silks, woven and printed pattern books from 19th century onwards and a unique collection of 26 volumes of Indian textiles, dating from 1868, donated to the College by the Secretary of State for India. Another highlight is a collection of rare, original dress fabrics designed by Salvador Dali.

As well as these specialised resources and facilities, the programme enjoys its place within the Bradford School of Art with access to workshop facilities in ceramics, graphic/digital media, fashion, fine art and printmaking. Students are encouraged to make full use of open access workshop sessions across the School.

Modules Covered

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)

Learning Methods

The programme is delivered via blended learning, including short, intensive blocks of delivery at college during long weekends, followed by email, telephone, Skype or face-to-face tutorials. Moodle is also integral to providing support to learners.

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, Cloth Workers Guild, and local art networks.



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.

What's Next?

Following completion of this course you would be eligible to apply to study at level 6 (degree), and could join our successful BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design or BA (Hons) Visual Arts programmes, within the Art School.

Graduates from our successful 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.

You can expect to become part of a community of creative learners. Our part-time blended learning programmes give you the chance to make friends with like-minded people, share ideas and work together with others. Our students value the Bradford School of Art community and becoming part of a wider network of creatives.

Additional Costs

You will need to be able to work on projects at home. It is recommended that you have access to a sewing machine at home.

Please see below a list of 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: £1950


Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points or equivalent of:

  • A BTEC or UAL Level 3 qualification in an Arts related subject
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (9-4) (or equivalent) or other related Level 3 qualifications.
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

Additional Criteria:

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.

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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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