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
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:
• Pattern Collective
• Acorn Conceptual
• Jimmy Choo
• Roger Oates
• 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