BA (Hons)

Textile Design

Textile Design
  • UCAS code(s): W221
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course offers you the opportunity to explore and develop skills in the creative areas of printing, embroidery, weaving, and knitting. Supported by expert academic and technical staff, you will learn hand-crafting and digital techniques in our extensive facilities.

We have a rich heritage and long history of teaching textile design, offering expertise and exceptional links with industry. This award-winning course covers design for both fashion and interiors, and allows you to explore the different areas of textile design before specialising as your work develops.

Key features

  • Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only textile design degree course in the UK that’s accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.
  • Fashion and Textiles at NTU is ranked 5th in the UK in the university subject tables (2017 The Guardian university league table).
  • Learn hand-crafting techniques, and work with industry-standard digital machinery.
  • Take part in industry competitions with professional bodies such as the Bradford Textile Society, Texprint, and the Society of Dyers and Colourists.
  • Get involved with live projects with companies such as Graham & Brown, Romo, South African Mohair, Next, Fat Face, and internationally recognised Stephen Walters and Sons Ltd. Projects can often lead to work placements and seeing your designs put into production.
  • Undertake periods of valuable work experience around your studies.
  • Visit international trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris.
  • Apply for a year-long paid graduate internship in New York working for the ANN INC. brands – Ann Taylor, LOFT, or Lou & Grey.
  • Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham and be selected for New Designers in London, and SPINEXPO in Shanghai.
  • Have the option to transfer to our BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design or BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles courses in Year Two.
  • Be assured that 98% of students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2015/16)

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What you'll study

  • Year One

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Fundamentals: Materials and Concepts (100 credit points)
    You’ll be introduced to the different areas of the textiles industry through workshop rotations in embroidery, print, weave, knit, and multimedia.

    You’ll cover the design fundamentals and explore principles such as colour, form, pattern, composition, and scale. This module will form the foundation of all your design work in Year Two and your final year.

    Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)
    You will be encouraged to test your research, presentation and writing skills, and to be socially and culturally aware when considering your own environment and design decisions.

    You will learn about the power of images, objects, and materials in visual and material culture, and find out how these are central to the way textile designers work.

  • Year Two

    These two year-long modules run side by side.

    Directions: Market and Process (100 credit points)
    You will develop more awareness of the practice of design within the international textile industry.

    You will complete three different projects that focus on different aspects of the design process,deepening your knowledge in your specialised area of print embroidery, weave, or knit.

    You will have the chance to investigate other areas of the industry, including interior and lifestyle trends, ethical fashion, and trend tracking.

    You’ll also get to engage with industry through live projects, work experience, and an overseas visit to an international trade fair.

    Design, Culture and Context 2 (20 credit points)
    In the first half of the year you will focus on how the commercial context affects design culture. You’ll consider the role played by design in the creation of desire in trend-driven consumer culture, the need for sustainability in an era of mass production and consumption, and the responsibility to make design a force for positive change.

    In the second half of the year, you will focus on creating a negotiated, individual brief in preparation for your final year project.

  • Final year

    Resolutions: Practice and Context (120 credit points)
    You will complete projects that relate to your career aspirations, developing work that shows your personal interests and strengths for your portfolio.

    You will also be encouraged to get involved with external competitions, trade fairs, and live projects.

    An individual research project will let you explore an aspect of design that interests you, and you can present this as a dissertation or as a visual product.

Course specification

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Explore the creative areas of printing, embroidery, weaving and knitting.

How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

  • briefings
  • lectures
  • studio workshops
  • textile demonstrations and workshops
  • tutorials
  • study visits
  • seminars
  • presentations

Assessment

Assessment includes:

  • a portfolio
  • sketchbooks
  • presented and resolved projects
  • technical, contextual, and career planning
  • a reflective learning journal
  • essays (written and visual)
  • presentations
  • an individual research project.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Trips and study visits

You will have the opportunity to go on national and international trips. In Year One, you will visit a UK destination such as Manchester or London. In Year Two, you will have the option to visit an international trade fair such as Première Vision in Paris. Selected final year students are sponsored to travel out to Shanghai to work with the SPINEXPO marketing team, helping them to present the show.

Exchange opportunities

The University is part of the Erasmus+ programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.

If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final-year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

You will also have the opportunity to be selected to exhibit your work to industry at New Designers in London, one of the UK’s most important graduate exhibitions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).

Get involved in live projects and industry competitions.

Careers and employability

This course has an enviable international reputation thanks to the success of its graduates - 100% of students go into employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2015/16).

Employability is a key focus, with modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career. This includes live projects, visiting professionals, work experience, exhibition opportunities, and competitions.

After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including: designing, buying, sourcing and merchandising, production management for textiles, product development, styling, journalism, trend prediction, marketing, and teaching.

Recent graduate destinations and job roles include:

  • Boden, textile design assistant
  • Debenhams, trainee assistant buyer
  • DFS, junior designer
  • Edina Ronay, studio assistant
  • F&F, trainee designer
  • Hillarys Blinds, product assistant
  • Laura Ashley, assistant designer
  • Liberty London, print designer
  • Mamas & Papas, fashion adviser
  • Next, home design consultant
  • Nina Campbell, studio assistant
  • Paul Smith, print assistant
  • Romo, junior designer
  • Tom Cody Design, design assistant
  • Topshop, merchandiser.

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Links with industry

We continue to develop strong links with industry through our alumni and staff contacts. Live projects, competitions, and professional bodies are central to the course, giving you exposure to current practices within industry.

SPINEXPO, held in Shanghai every March and September, and in New York in July, is a world-leading yarn and trend trade show. Final year students have recently undertaken sponsored projects, in collaboration with SPINEXPO, to design and produce trend-leading work to be exhibited at the spring / summer show. There is also the opportunity to be selected to exhibit graduate collections at the autumn / winter show, where NTU present emerging talent, giving you international exposure.

This is the only Textile Design degree course in the UK that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You will also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.

Work placements and internship opportunities

You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. You’ll be supported with access to our database containing a range of contacts for potential work placements. We’ll also give you tips on how best to approach companies and designers, and get the most from your experience.

Our Textile Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as:

  • Paul Smith
  • Thornback & Peel
  • George
  • Margo Selby
  • Anstey Wallpaper
  • Julien Macdonald
  • Hand & Lock
  • Joules
  • Penn & Fletcher
  • Romo.

Live projects on the course may also offer opportunities for work placements. Sometimes these experiences lead to graduate employment with companies like Next and Romo.

A recent project with South African Mohair led to an international study trip to South Africa to see sustainable mohair farming.

Our students have also received yarn sponsorship and had the opportunity to exhibit their work at Donghua University in Shanghai.

Competitions

You will have the opportunity to enter or be nominated for a variety of industry competitions. These have recently included:

  • Society of Dyers and Colourists' Colour Award
  • Bradford Textile Society Design Competition
  • RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Student Design Competition
  • Texprint.

100% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2015-16).

Work in our extensive Textile Design facilities with access to traditional and digital equipment.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels  or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You'll find our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests here. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. You can also speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

You will need a creative portfolio to apply for this course.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where invited, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Textile Design interview and portfolio information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You've got 4,000 characters to impress us, so make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our  Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the international entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form and, where applicable, online work submission, interview and portfolio.

If you are resident in the UK and invited to attend an interview at the University, you will need to bring your portfolio with you for assessment. For more information about what we look for during an interview, and some useful tips for your portfolio, download our BA (Hons) Textile Design interview and portfolio information.

If you aren't resident in the UK we'll ask you to make an online work submission. Download our BA (Hons) Textile Design work submission information.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements. You must, however, have a portfolio to present at interview.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You've got 4,000 characters to impress us, so make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for.

For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. You can also speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those international students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion, and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our International students page for information about fees, scholarships for international students, visas, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • infrastructure costs for final year Degree Shows within Nottingham (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418