Course Overview

The top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full BA honours qualification.

This flexible way of studying allows students from other institutions the opportunity to join our existing 3rd year BA (Hons) students for the final year. It also provides a natural progression route for students completing one of our own foundation degrees

You will be encouraged to develop your thinking and understanding to become an independent and critically aware practitioner in your chosen field. This will include undertaking a major piece of theoretical work, as well as improving your technical and creative skills through a programme of negotiated projects.

You will also be expected to exhibit, take up live briefs and competitions, together with any opportunities that will improve your understanding of the creative industries and their own professional development. There will also be the opportunity to exhibit at a national level at major events such as New Designers.

Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.

Progression and Careers

The BA (Hons) Textile Design Top up will improve student awareness of the working environment and although it is a subject specific course many of the skills developed will be transferable.

Students can find employment in the following areas:

Studio Designer in industry or Freelance work relating to both Fashion and Interiors
Design based work related to the textile industry such as retail buying and visual merchandising
Retail styling for publications and magazines
Trend/Colour forecasting
Teaching, Lecturing
Textile Technical Demonstrator/Instructor
Arts or Craft Officers for museums/galleries
Community Arts Projects
Art Therapy

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Foundation Degree (FdA) or HND related subject.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English – proof of an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements (evidence of prior learning will need to be provided).



What you will study:

The year provides a platform on which you are able to consolidate your prior learning, integrate and apply this knowledge and continue to develop a personal pathway. You will combine and further your skills and contextual understanding in order to meet the vocational demands and opportunities available in your career development. The curriculum will encourage students to develop innovative processes and designs and to then communicate these ideas effectively in professional situations. Throughout this level the main emphasis will be on you developing and undertaking independent learning, whilst following individual programmes of study. Personal, relevant, in depth contextual referencing and research will substantiate and advance both critical thinking and professional practice. The development of personal attributes will be encouraged to enable you to confidently approach career opportunities.