Master traditional processes, explore new technologies and discover your vision for the future of fabrics at Hereford College of Arts.
Our future-facing course is rooted in textile heritage. We believe in engaging with the history and materiality of textiles whilst embracing cutting-edge design techniques. Textile design is integral to fashion, and also to many other creative applications from lighting to architecture.
With sustainability and emerging technologies at the heart of contemporary design, this is an exciting time as we re-imagine the role of textiles across many aspects of modern life.
On this course you will explore innovative design across a variety of materials: from cloth to paper, plastic, wood, metal and more. In the design process, you will be encouraged to consider a wide range of issues such as: cultural narratives, sustainability and the growing desire for tactility and sensory experience in an increasingly virtual world.
This Key Information document gives you a summary of the core characteristics of the BA (Hons) Textile Design degree at HCA.
If you want to create materials that are innovative in form and function – you can here. You will explore a vast range of specialist textile processes, ranging from screen-printing to digital sublimation printing, and from hand weaving on a loom, through to digital electronic programming of stitch and 3D printing. Expert technical demonstrators will teach you new techniques and encourage you to experiment, test and play. You also have the opportunity to be inducted to other workshops such as photography, mould-making, 3D fabrication and more, as you discover how textiles can transcends its traditional origins.
You will develop excellent communication and collaboration skills by working on ‘Live’ projects – both internally, within HCA’s dynamic creative community and externally, with employers, galleries and design studios.
We encourage group discussions and hold regular peer-to-peer feedback sessions so that students can encourage and support each another. One-on-one tutor time means you get the individual help you need with a variety of projects. You could be working on anything from interior printed textile designs, to the fabrics and materials for a driverless car of the future!
Studying Textile Design at Hereford College of Arts offers individual workspaces throughout your studies, and extensive contact-time with an expert staff team who can share a wealth of industry experience through studio practice and workshops.
All students take Critical Studies, where you can gain fascinating insights into the subject you love. You will explore your specialism and the work of those you admire. We will help you to see your own practice in context with your peers and predecessors; leading to, not only a greater understanding the rich and varied practice of Textile Design, but who you want to be as a Textile Designer. The things you discover in Critical Studies will help you answer the question: where do I want to take my practice?
- Exceptional access to workshops across disciplines.
- A great level of individual support from tutors and technical demonstrators.
- Develop skills across multiple specialisms to boost your employability.
- Learn from a range of industry experts with our high-profile external partners and visiting speakers.
- A pioneering new module exploring colour, material and finish, co-developed with the industry.
- Live briefs – giving you professional experience before your graduate.
- Explore a topical issue such as sustainability and the transformational potential of textiles in contemporary design.
You will have the chance to learn from and work with a breadth of exciting external practitioners. Previous and current partnerships include: material research consultant and founder of Ma-tt-er Studio, Seetal Solanki (now a fellow of the HCA); surface pattern designer, Eve Campbell; a pioneer of ‘closed loop’ sustainable textile manufacturing, Kate Morris, the creator and designer of cruelty free vegan knitwear brand CROP; and Miles Johnson, previous creative director of global fashion brand Patagonia.
Throughout the course, you will work on live project briefs developed alongside design studios and brand head offices both locally, and nationally, often with the chance to have your work exhibited and sold across the globe at industry trade fairs such as Premier Vision in Paris and New York.
To date we have worked with the CMF Design team for Envisage Group, with a cash-prize and internship; Dash+Miller studio with work being taken on their New York Selling Trip; Sage Automotive to design a collection of fabrics and materials for Autonomous Drive Vehicles of the future.
We have superb Textile Design and 3D Workshops both on site at the College Road Campus and our other campus on Folly Lane. We have full length printing tables where you can print full repeats in large scale, hand and digital weaving looms, knitting machines, digital printing facilities, digital stitch, dye facilities, heat presses, sewing machines, over-lockers, laser cutters, 3D printers, small metals, wood and plastic forming workshops, ceramics, glass and drawing studios.
Students also benefit from excellent IT facilities and support that provides industry standard software on both PC and MAC systems. This includes the complete Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop and Illustrator and 3D rendering software.
You can begin to raise your profile as an emerging designer by entering national competitions in the subject field. Our students have won many prizes for their standout project concepts including, first prize and highly commended at the Bradford Textile Award in the category of Sustainable design thinking, as well as the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters’ prize with a cash-sum and year’s mentorship from an industry specialist.
On completion of the course, you will be well placed to access employment opportunities in the dynamic textiles industry, including: designing textiles for fashion and interiors; applications in the automotive and aviation sector; becoming a stylist and/or trend forecaster; or related marketing, media and retail opportunities. You might also choose to continue studying at postgraduate level.
Many of our alumni go on to run successful freelance businesses, and others have gone on to work with employers such as:
- Mirjam Rouden
- Laura Ashley
- Roger Oates
- Dash & Miller
- Elspeth Gibson
- Envisage CMF Design
- Material Lab
- Minimum age 18.
- Successful portfolio interview.
- Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
- 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
- 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) is required.
- Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.
NB for Top-Up students different entry requirements apply – please see our Top-Ups application page for more information.
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“My favourite thing about the Textile Design course is the opportunities that we get to experiment with various disciplines within the textiles industry, and not being confined to chasing a specialism early on. We also have amazing visiting lectures that come in regularly, and we get the opportunity to meet with them and have one to one tutorials with them.Read Megan's story3
"'Textiles' brings up so many images; many of us instantly think of a woman sat behind a sewing machine making curtains or clothing. However, for most of us that work as textile designers, this isn’t the case. In fact it is a satisfying and rewarding job to do, which requires a huge amount of handiwork, maths and a hint of physics." Seetal Solanki , founder of material research consultancy Ma-tt-er
Visiting lecturer and Honorary Fellow of HCA