‘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.
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.
What you'll study
The syllabus of this course is a broad reaching creative study of the discipline and its applications including: surface print, stitch embellishment, dyeing and mixed media construction. You’ll have the chance to focus on a variety of specialist areas, including textiles for fashion, textiles for interiors and textiles as design/crafts.
You can download the full programme specification here.
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.
What students are doing
Looking for inspiration? Browse our gallery of student work to take a look at some of the projects that our current students have been working on.
Students studying this course achieve great things and have won prestigious and high profile awards, such as:
- The Hand & Lock Wilcom Prize for Digital Embroidery 2018: Winner
- Texselect 2018: Winner
- Batsford Prizes 2018 – 2nd Fashion prize & 2nd Textiles and surface pattern
- Quilters Guild Student Bursary Award 2016/17/18: Winner
- Lucienne Day & AUB Textiles prize 2017/18: Winner
- Hand & Lock Embroidery Competition 2016/17/18: Winner
- New Designers Wilcom Prize for CAD embroidery 2017: Winner
- New Designers Bianco Turner prize for Homeware 2017: Winner
- Roces Graphic Competition winner 2017: Winner
- Textile Society Bursary Award 2016: Winner
- Creative Pool Design Award 2015: Winner
- Who’s Next Paris – Fashion 2015: Winner
- Mamas and Papas Award 2014: Winner
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.
A window into our community...
Staff on the course
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.
1ST Class BA Hons Textiles, Loughborough College of Art & Design, Post Graduate Diploma Textiles/Fashion from University Central England, and MA Textiles/Fashion from University Central England.
Anne-Marie Howat – Course Leader. After graduating from her degree with a 1st class Hons, a Post Graduate Diploma and an MA in Textiles, Anne-Marie pursued a variety of projects within textiles and design, predominantly using her skill set of embroidery and surface manipulation. Anne-Marie has been employed as a full-time print designer in the UK’s fashion industry, (high street brands including the Conran Studios and M & S). She was employed as a freelance designer for many...Full profile
What Graduates Are Doing
Previous AUB Textiles graduates now have careers in the following:
- Textile Print designers for fashion and interiors – Top Shop, Blendworth Interiors, Victoria Beckham, Bay & Brown textile print
- 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
Your Interview and Portfolio
If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you for an interview and we ask you to bring your portfolio with you. We’re looking for enthusiasm, creativity and a fascination with all things fabric, together with a willingness to learn and to engage with others. You can download our portfolio guidelines for BA (Hons) Textiles to help you prepare.
Studying at AUB
- Read more about learning and teaching at AUB and when you will receive your timetable here
- Find out about accommodation
- Read about managing your money as a student and find out more about any course costs
- Read our Admissions Policy
Our Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to supporting you in turning your creativity into a great career. You can read more about this here.