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 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Fashion and Textiles at NTU is internationally recognised for the quality of its creative, industry-ready graduates

This textile design is unique in the UK, allowing 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.

As a young, ambitious designer, we'll 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.

The course has excellent links with industry, and students will get the chance to take 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 students 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 98% of students are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 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).

Student work

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

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Visit international trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris, and take part in industry competitions.

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

Textile Design students at the Pompidou as part of their study trip to Premier Vision, Paris (image credit: Yasmin Lari)

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

Studying overseas is a great way to experience new cultures and get an insight into global industries. The course 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

Textile Design student work showcased as part of NTU's 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 2019)

Careers and employability

Textile Design students pictured with their work as part of a live project with the international renowned company, Romo in which four students secured work placements

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

Studying a creative degree in a large university has many benefits, none more so than having access to a large 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

Textile Design students with their work as part of a live project with Fat Face

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

Work by Pheobe Bonnell - one of four NTU students to be offered internships with ANN INC. in New York (only six internships were available)

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

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

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications.

All applicants will need to apply through UCAS and will be expected to present a creative portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

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

Apply through UCAS.

We will ask you to provide a submission of work online.

If successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your creative portfolio.

Get some portfolio advice.

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 to 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).

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).

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