Fashion and Textiles courses Textiles by David Palmer

Fashion and Textiles courses

The textile industry is part of Bradford’s rich heritage and our fantastic facilities and unique Textile Archive truly reflect this.


Focus on crafting your personal style and developing independent thinking and creativity. We’ll prepare you for the ever-changing interdisciplinary nature of the wider fashion design industry. You’ll learn contemporary fashion design techniques, commercial and creative pattern cutting and study artisan skills for craft and technical applications.

Engage with the entire fashion process, from the formation and expression of your initial ideas through to your graduate collection.

During your course, local and national designers will set you briefs to work towards, providing invaluable experience and professional development. You’ll have the opportunity to enter competitions held by industry giants such as River Island and Marks & Spencer.


From fashion and accessories to home furnishings and giftware, designers for textiles and surface design create the material world we live in.

You’ll have access to a range of facilities, from traditional floor looms to modern digital textile printers and we are one of only two educational institutions to have a powered jacquard loom on-site. Our Textile Archive holds textiles and related materials including fine silk jacquards, rayon, velvets, mohair and woollens and worsteds dating back from over the last 150 years.

Our staff have expertise in surface pattern design and constructed textiles, including printed and embroidered textiles, woven and knitted textiles, and experimental material surfaces.

Textile students work

Earning potential

The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30.


Average salaries per annum 
Fashion designer£20,000 to £80,000
Retail merchandiser£16,000 to £60,000
Visual merchandiser£12,000 to £55,000
Textile Dyeing Technician£17,000 to £35,000
Garment technologist£16,000 to £30,000