Course Overview

Textile Design covers a broad range of design disciplines under the heading of ‘textiles’. We are principally focused upon the creative application of design to a wide range of surfaces for Fashion and interiors. We see ‘textile’ as more than cloth; it can be paper, plastic, wood, metal and these surface designs can form a part of many different aspects of people’s lives, be they Fashion, interior or exterior application. We encourage exploration and experimentation, combining techniques and materials to create innovative design developed from drawing.


The course enables you to develop your own creative pathway underpinned by traditional and contemporary textile and fashion design processes, contextual engagement and the production of outcomes. You will gain a broad range of skills so you are able to move in to the creative industries equipped with the expertise that will enable you to gain employment in a wide range of areas. Being located with other creative courses means it is easy to cross boundaries, work with students in other disciplines and undertake collaborative projects.

Students are able to work on ‘real’ industry projects throughout the course as well as focus on developing their own personal practice. We have well developed links with textile and Fashion industries in the region, nationally and internationally and you will be able to gain invaluable professional experience and work placements. All our Graduates have the opportunity to exhibit at New Designers in London

When you graduate you will leave with the confidence that you can apply your knowledge to a diverse range of career opportunities and design briefs. A key part of the course is to deliver professional application and key ‘design’ skills which cross over disciplines which includes a work placement in Year 2.


What you will experience
  • We encourage our students to enter national and international awards and competitions such as the Bradford Textile Society and Indesign
  • We go to some great places including Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Venice
  • We work with top designers and companies such as Superdry and Celia Birtwell
  • We sell work direct to top designers in New York such as Reed Krakoff, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Armani, Gap, Diane von Furstenberg
  • We actively support students by providing a diverse set of 'live' or client-led briefs
  • We encourage students to develop and refine their own personal practice, we don’t have a ‘house style’, and we focus on students as individual design practitioners and work with them to achieve their own goals
  • The course is delivered by experienced, practicing creative industry professionals whose work includes printed, woven, digital and mixed media textile design
  • You can collaborate on projects with other students including jewellers, ceramicists, furniture & product designers, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and fine artists

  • The course enjoys excellent connections with external employers who provide plenty of opportunities for work and commissions with real and current outcomes within the curriculum

  • Sustainability and the environment are central to good design and you can explore them in relation to contemporary social and cultural contexts

Workshops & Studios

We have superb Textile Design and 3D Workshops both on site at the new College Road Campus and at our other Campus on Folly Lane. We have large scale printing tables where you can print in large scale, full repeat, dye facilities, heat presses, digital printing facilities, digital stitch, hand and digital looms, sewing machines, over lockers, laser cutters, 3D printers, small metals, wood and plastic forming workshops, ceramics, glass and drawing studios. We are proud that all our students, regardless of their chosen degree pathway are able to access all our workshops to develop and advance their practice. We also have dedicated IT suites with both Mac and PC’s, large scale digital printers and the full range of high end programmers to support your practice including Adobe and Weavepoint. The Textiles Studio is a truly stunning space where students get their own dedicated workspace and are able to share practice with fellow textile students.


Careers and Progression

  Our students go on to achieve employment success across the creative industries and/or study at postgraduate level.

Some of the employers our graduate students have worked for include:
• Armani
• Pattern Collective
• Acorn Conceptual
• Jimmy Choo
• Roger Oates
• Indesign
• Not on the High Street
• Artsite 3
• Gallery 25

The course will improve student awareness of the working environment and although it is a subject specific course many of the skills developed will be transferable.  Key areas of employment our graduates go on to:

• 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


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Successful portfolio interview
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit
  • Mature Students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall 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

Critical Studies

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.


You will be well-placed to access employment opportunities in the dynamic textiles industry, including: designing for fashion, textiles, and interior; applications in automotive and aviation sector; stylist, trend forecaster; as well as related marketing, media, and retail.

What you will study:

Investigative, experimental and analytical

You will be introduced to a range of thinking processes with which to expand upon during your course. You will develop a solid foundation in the skills relevant to the discipline of Textiles through workshops, critiques, seminars and lectures. In Level 4 you will gain an in-depth technical understanding on which you can build your creative skills in Level 5. Alongside this you will engage in Drawing for Textile Design which will link directly with Practice in Context 1 where you will be introduced to the historical and contemporary contextual practice of Textile & Fashion Design. Alongside your second technical module you will begin to develop design skills in the Design Development Module.

Establishing practice

Level 5 continues to build upon learning in Level 4 whilst encouraging you to place and appreciate Textiles and Fashion practice with relation to a wider global and cultural arena. Your skills and knowledge are developed within a chosen specialist pathway where individual and innovative approaches are supported and encouraged.

As you move through the year you will be encouraged to work independently using your research skills to self-motivate. In Semester 3 you will engage in further technical and design process development alongside the exciting Exploration Module which will allow you to seek out individual and creative responses to a range of set projects. In Semester Four all of you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement alongside the development of professional practice, marketing and business skills. In this Semester students you will also undertake external, live and competition briefs to further develop your professional practice skills and develop professional links.

Resolution of practice

Level 6 aims to enable you to embed your learning across Level 4 and 5 whilst encouraging engagement, through practice, within a national and international Textiles and Fashion arena. You will develop your own projects based upon your research and develop your ideas through a personalised design process and negotiated practice. Alongside this there are opportunities for you to engage in external Live Briefs such as the highly successful Indesign Brief which has yielded superb results in recent years. Your final outcomes will include an individual body of personal work aimed at specific Textile, Fashion & Interior Design contexts. Skills at negotiating an appropriate course of study with tutors and peers will also be developed within this part in order to establish a personal learning strategy and programme of study. The year culminates in a public exhibition of your Final Major Project and the opportunity to launch your career in Design at New Designers in London.