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BA (Hons) Textiles

BA (Hons) Textiles

'Made In Britain' is a label sought after throughout the world. The UK textile industry offers graduates an opportunity to work with businesses that range from fashion to interiors.

Course Information

This course is perfect for you if you have a love of colour, pattern, texture, fabric, materials, surface design, making, decorative drawing, decoration, constructing, manipulating, and practical engagement.

Textiles is a huge global industry that constantly surrounds us, on floors, walls, furniture, clothing & fashion, gift-wrap, cards, and even car interiors. It is one of the largest design skillsets used globally.

On this course you’ll learn practical, professional and entrepreneurial skills that equip you to work as part of a team, or even set up your own business in textiles.

You’ll study textiles in its widest sense and learn many skills, from print, stitch embellishment to dyeing and mixed media construction. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on a variety of specialist areas, including textiles for fashion, textiles for interiors and textiles as design/crafts.

Traditional skills are taught together with expertise in modern design development, production, and contemporary invention. Whether you go on to work for a retail brand, or an international design house, we will prepare you for the challenges that the creative textile industry holds.

We've also formed an AUB textiles Agency to promote student work at Premier Vision Paris and London Print Textile Trade Fairs. Students have engaged with industry – experiencing how the business buys and sells textiles.

Course duration

3-years (full-time)

UCAS course code


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Level 4 (first year)

Your first year provides you with a sound practical base for the study of the subject, contextualised by parallel study of aspects of contemporary, historical and visual culture.

Projects, lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, visits, case studies, guided reading and tutorials will be used to disseminate information and develop the necessary skills. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn through experimentation and discovery, and develop skills within a personal context.

You’ll be introduced to a variety of applications and to the fundamentals of critical theory and professional studies that will underpin your knowledge of textiles and their design, production and creative usage.

Work placements are run during the end of the first year of study, for a minimum of ten days and up to a maximum of one month. On your return, you’ll present a report based on your experience.


Matthew Williamson Fashion

Mary Kantranzou Fashion

Mirijam Rouden Fashion designs/print

Ralph & Russo Couture embroidery

Mollie Regan Textiles Couture Hand embroidery

Peter Pillotto Fashion

Tatty Devine Accessories

Custholm Wallpapers and interiors

Alexander McQueen Fashion

Zandra Rhodes Printed textiles/fashion

Timerous Beasties Wallpapers

Hallmark Gift

Bay and Brown Interior Print

Julien Macdonald Fashion

Mina Perhoven Fashion print

Fat Face Fashion


Missprint Interiors

House of Holland Interiors

Designers Guild Interiors

Kit Miles Interiors

Burberry Fashion

Jane Bowler Fashion

Level 5 (second year)

Your second year will focus on your individual interests and ensure that your professional and technical skills mature through first-hand experience with industry specialists.

The units anticipate that you will be able to apply the knowledge, concepts and skills addressed in your second year to fully exploit the range of opportunities for your personal creative development.

You’ll work with fellow students on live industry briefs and enter major national and international competitions.

Previous briefs have included: Hand and Lock, live fashion studio briefs Style Council NY, and live Gallery briefs.

Level 6 (third year)

Your third year allows you to refine your existing creative practice, develop your skills and reflect upon your experience and direction formed from previous study.

The course nurtures students to develop into original, mature and autonomous textile practitioners, encouraging them to lead rather than respond to industry trends.

The integration of theory and practice is promoted and reinforced through a team teaching approach. Lectures, seminars and tutorials may be delivered by team members, as appropriate, in the creative environment of the studio.

You’ll be encouraged to formulate and identify your particular skills and potential. Risk and ambition within the field will be crucial to your individual development. Intellectual and academic integrity will be further encouraged, both through written content and ‘thinking through practice’.

External experiences are highly prized throughout, from course trips to textile trade shows e.g. Premiere Vision Paris, to New York visits, to London exhibitions e.g. New Designers, Islington.

This year also focuses on employability, building professional portfolios and gives students the opportunity to participate in mock interviews.

All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons); however, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you will automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.

For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.

For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.

For the award of a BA (Hons) you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.

A BA without Honours may be awarded if you have achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.

Our team are specialists in disciplines that span the industry. You can read more about their experience by browsing their staff profiles below.

Course Leader, Anne-Marie Howat, was recently awarded the Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery and Textile design 2018 by the Embroiderers’ Guild.

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Anne-Marie Howat

After completing her degree and MA studies in textiles Anne-Marie pursued a variety of projects within textiles as an embroiderer...

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Dr. Emma Shercliff

Emma worked as a freelance fashion textile designer in Paris prior to returning to the UK to pursue an academic career...

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Nicola Coyne

Graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Printed Textiles in 2001, I have since freelanced for various design agencies...

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Kelly Bailey

Kelly’s area of expertise is positioned in printed textiles for both fashion and interior applications...

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Carey Ellis

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2013 with a MA in Textiles for Fashion under direction of the late Professor Louise Wilson...

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Anna Konig

Having completed her first degree at Sussex University, Anna studied design at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion...

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Charlotte Hunt

Graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2007 with a BA in Textile Design, having specialised in printed textiles...

Gemma Summerell

Gemma Summerell

Gemma Summerell attended Arts University Bournemouth and has a BA (Hons) in Textiles...

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Aston Baker

Aston Graduated from BA (Hons) Textiles at The Arts University Bournemouth in 2016.

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Sarah Newsome

Sarah attended London college of fashion where she studied the craft of embroidery...

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Aimee Morrison

Aimee graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in 2017 with a BA in Textiles and is now working as a Technician Demonstrator...

Watch Our Videos

Watch BA (Hons) Textiles course leader Anne-Marie Howat explain what makes a great textiles designer. You can also preview student work from this course.

How to apply

Once you've found the perfect Undergraduate course, you can apply to study via UCAS, including direct entry applications to second and third year.

When applying through UCAS, use the institution code A66. All of our courses take place on one site, so we don't have a campus code. We'll then use your completed UCAS form to make decisions about your application. You can find out more on entry requirements in our apply section.

When you apply to one of our courses, it's important that you help us get a good picture of both you and your work – so you'll need a great personal statement. We want to know more about why you're interested in the course, your key influences, and what you hope to do after your studies.

If you're invited for an interview, many of our courses will ask to see a portfolio of your work so we can get more insight into your ideas and abilities. To help you, we've created guidelines outlining what we expect from your portfolio for each course.

Our Digital Catalogue

It is a great honour to introduce the 2021 Graduating Cohort from the BA (Hons) Textiles course at the Arts University Bournemouth.

The work presented in this book demonstrates the enthusiasm, determination and diligence that the students have employed over the past 3 years.

See our digital catalogue

Portfolio Requirements

You will be expected to show a real commitment to and enthusiasm for this subject. A lively interest in colour, surface, texture and drawing should be displayed, with a developed understanding of contemporary textiles and their usage. A general awareness of contemporary art and design is also desirable.

We look for enthusiasm, creativity and a fascination with all things fabric, together with a willingness to learn and to engage with others.

Top tips on how to prepare your portfolio:

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distance, we will not be able to offer on campus interviews to applicants this cycle. For courses that require a portfolio review or an audition, the Admissions team will be in touch with you and request a digital portfolio or audition.

We will hold Offer Holder days in Spring and invite applicants to visit the campus and meet the course team, or if you are unable to visit us you will be able to attend a virtual Offer Holder Day.

Evidence of a love for colour, pattern, texture and drawing, your portfolio might include the following; textual surfaces, colour photography, paper and fabric construction and experimentation.

Your portfolio should show examples of drawing and sketchbooks which demonstrate good use of colour and mixed media. Evidence of textile work is an advantage but not a necessity as we teach all the fundamental requirements of the discipline during the first year.

Drawing skills such as; mark making, colour collage and manipulation of surface design are also preferred. Textiles work from previous study is good, although not necessary, your ability to apply your experience from other disciplines is just as important.

Listed below is some guidance to help you when you are collecting your work together. Please regard this list as a general guide rather than specific requirements.

Please bring no more than 20 to 25 pieces of work.

  • Textile/mixed media colour and surface investigations. (Minimum 10)
  • General drawing, observation and life drawing, showing use of different media and colour (5 sheets)
  • Research and sketchbooks (maximum of 3)
  • Practical textile work, including collage, print, stitch, manipulation of materials and final outcomes.
  • Written work from your current or previous course - e.g. essay related to Textile / Fashion design history or a contemporary design issue.

Please note the portfolio is your opportunity to show a variety of your work and skills. We want to see evidence of creativity, a commitment to studying textiles and enthusiasm for the subject (even if you have not studied the subject before) and originality. Make sure that you choose pieces that you can talk about and which illustrate any of the above.

Universities interviewing for creative courses will expect to be presented with a portfolio to help them understand your ability and range of work. Your portfolio could be your golden ticket into receiving an offer so making sure it’s presentable, well-organised and accessible is essential.

Textiles is a hidden design form. You get up in the morning, you get out of bed — your duvet is covered in pattern and colour. You go down the stairs — the wallpaper is the same, and the curtains, the clothes that you are wearing everyday are designed with colour and pattern, even down to the patterns for gift wrap and on the front of the book you're reading. An absolute love and passion for colour, detail and craft are the core traits of a fantastically inventive and creative textile designer.

Anne Marie Howat, Course Leader

Fees and Funding

The fee that you pay the Arts University Bournemouth provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course.

You may also choose to buy some items of personal equipment such as a laptop or tablet computer, but this is not required; desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.

Studios and Resources

Our studios work in a way that mirrors industry. Students working together in a high-energy environment, with industry-standard facilities and excellent tools and equipment.

As well as dedicated studios for each year, we have a dedicated print room, stitch room and dye room with specialist, industry–standard equipment.

Textiles Studio

Students will be working together in a high-energy studio, with industry-standard facilities and excellent tools and equipment

Textiles sewing machine

Textiles Resources

Students will have access to a dedicated print room, stitch room and dye room with specialist, industry-standard equipment

Computer digital suite with

Digital Suites

Our Digital Suites offer a dedicated digital post-production facility and digital teaching space.

Teaching and Learning

The course objectives will be met by deploying a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including workshop/studio practice, lectures, seminars, group critiques, guided reading, tutorials, projects, demonstrations, learning teams, personal planning and reflection, work related learning and independent study.

Unit tutors in consultation with the Course Leader will be responsible for co-ordinating the course for individual units of study and for selecting appropriate methods of delivery according to the subject matter and student experience.

The methods employed will, wherever possible, induct you in the disciplines required of a creative practitioner in textiles design and making along with transferable skills (managing self, professional skills and team working), and value and credit any relevant previous experience. A key method will be the promotion of work related learning, including work placements; visits to the workshops or studios of relevant practitioners or organisations; guest lectures or workshops led by visiting practitioners; ‘live’ or simulated project briefs; and the mentoring of individual students or small groups by practising designers and other industry professionals. Your learning and career planning will be consolidated through the encouragement of skills in personal planning, reflection and development.

The study time allocated to each unit in the course incorporates a balance of teaching support and learning. The progressive promotion of student–centred learning reflects the anticipated maturity of students and allows you to direct your learning towards individual goals. The teaching in Level 4 is directed at providing you with the knowledge, concepts and skills to take increasing responsibility for the management of your own learning.

Teaching is directed at supporting individual engagement in learning although there will be opportunities for you to work in teams to enable you to learn the value of peer co-operation. Also, it is anticipated that, due to the professional orientation of the degree and to enable you to benefit from the range of resources and disciplines within the University, opportunities will exist for you to collaborate in teams with peers in, for example, fashion or architecture. It is also envisaged that live project work may benefit from the collaboration of students from all levels of the course.

Guidance and counselling to help you in realising your learning potential will be provided at the start of each term.

Contact hours include all scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. In line with national guidance, we include in our calculation of contact hours all the time which is scheduled in the studio for independent study which is also supported by staff (either academic staff, or technicians).

The information provided below gives the proportion of your study time which constitutes contact hours. Where there are optional routes through the course, we have used the figures for the most popular option.

Year 1 (% time) Year 2 (% time) Year 3 (% time)




As a course we invite industry professionals to share their knowledge, practice and design journey with our students on a regular basis. Recent contributors have included Jenny King Embroidery, Hand & Lock, Ralf & Russo and Stoff Studio.

Collaborations and creative events are held across the three years also, e.g. cross-course collaboration projects with Architecture, and Commercial Photography.

We also run Creative Match Night events with Fashion, Make-up, and Commercial Photography to encourage students to set-up independent collaborative projects and to listen to our industry guest advise for their futures.

Assessment and Feedback

Each unit is assessed separately, and the assessment forms part of the unit. Assessment both provides a measure of your achievement, and also gives you regular feedback on how your learning is developing.

For every unit of your course, we will inform you of what you are expected to learn; what you have to submit; how your work will be assessed; and the deadline for presenting your work for assessment. This is made available through Unit Information, which is on your course blog.

You will receive a final mark for each unit in the form of a percentage, which will be recorded on your formal record of achievement (transcript). Each component of assessment is graded using a notched marking scale, whereby only certain marks are used within each grade. The only marks available within any ten-point band are *2, *5 and *8 (e.g. 62, 65, 68). These marks correspond to a low, mid, and high level of achievement within each grade band.

The University has agreed that, during 2019/20, it will run a pilot project. This will mean that on some courses, one unit at Level 4 will be assessed on a Pass / Fail basis only, with written feedback but no numerical grade. If your course has been selected for the pilot, your Course Leader will tell you this, and the details will be clearly expressed on the Unit Information Sheet.

All learning outcomes must be passed to successfully complete the unit.

On successful completion of your Honours degree course, you will be awarded a degree classification based on your unit marks. The final classification is determined using all unit marks at Levels 5 and 6 using two different algorithms, which are detailed in the HE Student Regulations. If the two algorithms produce different results, you will be awarded the higher class of degree.

If you have joined Level 6 through either the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route or having completed a Foundation Degree (FdA), the final classification is determined using only your unit marks at Level 6.

For further information on assessment, progression, awards and classifications, please visit

What our Graduates Are Doing

Previous AUB Textiles graduates now have careers in the following:

  • Textile Print designers for fashion and interiors – Topshop, Blendworth Interiors, Victoria Beckham, Bay & Brown textile print and Alexander McQueen.
  • Embroidery designers – Ralph and Russo, Hand & Lock, Pretty Green
  • Trends – WGSN
  • Freelance designers and Self employed -Sharon Marston Lighting, MOOD, Mixmag, NEC
  • Design collection of interior fabrics and products sales to Liberty’s, Heals London
  • Post Grad. Internships – Hand & Lock, WGSN, Sandersons’s, Next etc
  • PGCE’s and art/textiles teachers.
  • Visual merchandisers & buyers – for fashion/interiors e.g. (Ikea, House of Fraser)
  • Textile Designers – Working within other disciplines e.g. Clarkes shoes, Rolls Royce, McLarens cars, Declux
  • Graphic Designers – Spec Saver, Clarkes Shoes
  • MA’s, PHD’s – Royal College of Art, Glasgow, Gottenburg, Kolding University Dk

Diverse career destinations- including designers, designer-makers, buyers, trend forecasters, researchers, teachers and stylists. Others have set up their own businesses or gone on to postgraduate study including renowned institutions such as The Royal College of Art, Kolding University DK, AUB etc.

  • Winner – New Designer – Winnovate Prize for Print 2019
  • Winner New Designers - Wilcom Prize for CAD embroidery (fashion) 2018
  • Winner New Designers - Bianco Turner prize for Homeware 2018
  • i-Dott – Print Prize 2019
  • Hand & Lock Embroidery winners/runners up Bishops gate 2016/17/18/19
  • Quilters Guild – Student Bursary Award 2016/17/18/19 NEC Quilt exhibition
  • Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation & AUB Prize for Textiles – 2017/18/19
  • Texselect Prize Winner 2018/19
  • Runner-up SBID Design for Business Student Design Competition 2018
  • Winner - Roces Graphic Competition winner 2017
  • Winner - Textiles Society Student Bursary Award 2016 (fashion fabrics)
  • Winner - Costume Society Award 2016 (writing)
  • Winner - Creative Pool Award 2016 (product design)
  • Overall Winner - One Year On New Designer of the year
  • Winner - New British Design Award for Furnishing Fabrics
  • Winner - Homebase Wallpaper Design Competition
  • Winner – Mamas and Papas Design Award
  • Winner - Who’s Next Paris Award for Fashion Fabrics
  • Selected by the Design Council - One to Watch

Trips and Visits

As part of your course you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips, previous trips have included:

  • Paris
  • Florence
  • Barcelona
  • New York
  • London
  • Brownsea Island

*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs

Due to the current travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it is unlikely that any trips will be planned in the first half of the new academic year. We will follow Government advice as soon as it is available for the remainder of the year.

BA (Hons) Textiles news

See more of our student work

The UK textile industry offers graduates an opportunity to work with businesses that range from fashion to interiors.