BA (Hons)

Textile Design

Textile Design
Top
5
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • 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 is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

This award-winning course is one of the few textile design degrees in the UK which allows you to explore the different areas of textile design before specialising in the creative areas of textile print, embroidery, weave and knit, as your work develops.

Our internationally recognised textile design degree will introduce you to all aspects of textile design, investigating fundamental principles in colour, form, scale, pattern and composition.

Supported by our expert academic and technical staff, you’ll learn traditional and digital techniques with access to our industry-standard facilities.

Benefit from the course’s excellent links with industry by taking part in live projects and competitions, gain work experience, and have the opportunity to visit fashion and textiles events overseas, such as Première Vision.

Key features

  • Explore all aspects of textile design before choosing to specialise in print, embroidery, weave or knit.
  • NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • Our graduates are in demand by industry with 100% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Be assured that 94% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2018)
  • Learn traditional and digital techniques, working with industry-standard digital machinery.
  • Experience live projects with companies like Romo, South African Mohair, Next and Fat Face.
  • Take part in industry competitions with professional bodies such as Texprint, the Society of Dyers and Colourists, i-dott and Bradford Textile Society.
  • Visit international trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris, and take part in industry competitions.
  • There is an opportunity to apply for sponsorship with The Worshipful Company of Weavers.
  • Apply for a year-long paid graduate internship in New York working for the ASCENA brands.
  • Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.
  • Exhibit your work in your final year at our Degree Show in Nottingham, with the opportunity to be selected for New Designers, London.
  • Gain a professionally accredited degree – this is the only textile design degree in the UK accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD).

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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. 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 final year.

    Design, Culture and Context 1 (20 credit points)
    You’ll 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’ll 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)
    Develop more awareness of the practice of design within the international textile industry. 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'll have the chance to investigate other areas of the industry, including interior and lifestyle trends, ethical fashion, and trend tracking. 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 explore 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)
    Complete projects that relate to your career aspirations, developing work that shows your personal interests and strengths for your portfolio. You’ll 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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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Explore all aspects of textile design before choosing to specialise in print, embroidery, weave or knit.

How you’re taught

You’ll spend most of your time in a creative studio environment. Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • briefings
  • lectures
  • studio workshops
  • textile demonstrations and workshops
  • tutorials
  • study visits
  • seminars
  • presentations
  • self-directed study.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • a portfolio
  • professional development and career planning
  • sketchbooks
  • presented and resolved projects
  • technical and contextual research
  • 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’ll have the opportunity to go on national and international trips.

In Year One, you’ll visit a UK destination such as Manchester or London. In Year Two, you’ll have the option to visit an international trade fair such as Première Vision in Paris.

In recent years, our final year students have had the opportunity to be sponsored to travel to the SPINEXPO tradeshow in Shanghai, where some students have worked with their marketing team to help present the show.

Exchange opportunities

You may want to consider studying part of your degree abroad. The BA (Hons) Textile Design course within the School of Art & Design has exchange agreements with RMIT in Australia, Amsterdam Fashion Institute, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

The university is part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme and has agreements with partner institutions throughout Europe.

Degree Show

In your final year you’ll 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’ll also have the opportunity to be selected to showcase 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%).

NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked 4th in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2018)

Careers and employability

This course has an enviable international reputation thanks to the success of its graduates – 100% of students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

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.

Graduates go into a variety of roles, including designing, buying and merchandising, global sourcing, textiles product development, styling and trend prediction, marketing and teaching.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Boden
  • Debenhams
  • DFS
  • F&F
  • French Connection
  • Hillarys Blinds
  • John Smedley
  • Laura Ashley
  • Liberty London
  • Next
  • Paul Smith
  • Romo
  • Ted Baker
  • Tom Cody Design
  • Topshop
  • Whiston & Wright.

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’ll also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.

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.

Connecting 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.

Working on live projects with industry can often lead to opportunities for work placements, and the chance to see your designs go into production. Sometimes these experiences lead to graduate employment with companies like Next, DFS, and Romo. A 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.

Other recent live projects include Graham & Brown and Fat Face. 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 in Shanghai, Paris and New York.

Hear from our Textile Design alumni

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:

  • ANN INC (Read our students' story)
  • Anstey Wallpaper
  • Fat Face
  • George
  • Graham & Brown
  • Hand & Lock
  • Julien Macdonald
  • Joules
  • Margo Selby
  • Paul Smith
  • Penn & Fletcher
  • Romo
  • Thornback & Peel.

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
  • i-dott
  • Texprint.

Our students are in demand by industry with 100% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Learn traditional and digital techniques, working with industry-standard digital machinery.

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 can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. 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 the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International 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. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for 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.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from non-standard students (such as if you are over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a non-standard applicant, 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.

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 the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International 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. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for 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
  • receive £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 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