What you’ll study

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.

These have ranged from working with fashion designers such as Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto and Zandra Rhodes, to design studios such as Mirjam Rouden and Eyefix. Other placements have included Mollie Regan – designer of bespoke textiles for interiors – and the contemporary British artist, Susan Stockwell.

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.