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Textiles – An Introduction

Whether you’re interested in textiles for fashion, interiors or products, this 10-week introductory course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge in a short space of time.

Course overview


Autumn term
Tuesday 5 October - Tuesday 7 December 2021

Spring term
Tuesday 25 January - Tuesday 29 March 2022

10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00


Chloe Scrivener



Course details

Throughout the course you will learn about the nature and context of textiles, develop your visual skills and explore different methods of using materials and tools for your own textile ideas through drawing, collage and manipulation techniques.

Each week will be composed of hands-on workshops, discussions, individual assignments with personal feedback from your tutor and further information on the making of textile fabrics.

You will work through a theme, exploring how you can develop initial ideas into your own expressive textiles and artwork. You will explore traditional and manual techniques. This course will look at how Textiles are made within the Industry and the new technologies being used. By the end of the course you will gain an appreciation and understanding that can be used to develop and print your own beautiful textiles.

During your course you shall also be provided a tour and talk by BA Textiles team member.

Whether you are starting in the textile industry or you are a creative student looking to increase or develop new skills for a higher level of study, this course is ideal for anyone with an interest in fabrics, design and the textile production process.

  • Types of fibres, fabrics and processes
  • Colours, finishing & designs
  • Weaving & knitting
  • Dyeing & printing techniques
  • Fabrics and environment
  • An insight into Digital textile design
  • Sustainable textiles
  • Fabric testing & analysis

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Chloe Scrivener

Chloe started as a Milliner in 1996 with The Queen’s former Milliner, Philip Somerville.

  • Introduce you to new ways of developing visual work appropriate for textiles.
  • Use a range of media, techniques and approaches in your work.
  • Encourage you to experiment and develop your own visual vocabulary
  • See your work in a broader context of contemporary practice

  • Learned about raw materials for textiles and their origin
  • Understood what it means when a fabric is woven or knitted, dyed or printed
  • Learned the properties of fabrics, how they can be enhanced and what they can be used for
  • Developed an understanding of the environmental impact of textile raw materials and their processing
  • Learned the terminology used in fabric processes and be able to explain what happens in the making of fabrics
  • Understood how you go about analysing a fabric to find out how it is made and what it is made from

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners

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All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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