On this course, you’ll learn the practical, professional and entrepreneurial skills 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.
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.
Previous placements obtained by students:
|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
|Bay and Brown Interior Print
Julien Macdonald Fashion
Mina Perhoven Fashion print
Fat Face Fashion
House of Holland Interiors
Designers Guild Interiors
Kit Miles Interiors
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.
As part of your course you may also get the opportunity to take part in course trips, previous trips have included:
- New York
- Brownsea Island
*These trips are optional and some may incur additional costs