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BA (Hons)

Textile Design

BA Textile Design
Top
10
In the UK for Fashion and textiles
in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • UCAS code(s): W221
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2020, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

FIND US ON

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 as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2020).
  • 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 97% of textile design students would recommend studying at NTU, and 98% are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2020)
  • 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 a European or 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

Accredited by:

Chartered Society of Designers logo

What you'll study

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers, this course is one of the few textile design degrees in the UK that allows you to explore the different areas of textile design before specialising in the creative areas of textile print, embroidery, weave, knit and multimedia, as your work develops.

  • Year One

    Curiosity: Creative Exploration and Research

    (40 credit points, full year)

    Working with students from fashion, textiles and knitwear, explore core design components such as concept, drawing, materials, colour and future thinking. Question how fundamental aspects of design practice can be used as both research tools and a means to develop your design philosophy or identity in a creative, playful and hands-on way. Begin to see the future as something you can shape, rather than something that just happens.

    Curiosity: Creative Development and Application for Textile Design

    (80 credit points, full year)

    Develop your creative design ideas and apply fundamentals of textile design practice including, pattern, repeat and composition, through a series of workshop rotations in print, weave, knit, embroidery and multimedia. A pathways project at the end of the year will consolidate your strengths and choice of textile specialism for Year Two. There is the option to transfer to Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles for those that love knit.

  • Year Two

    Directions: Industry and Context for Textile Design

    (40 credit points, first half of the year)

    Develop awareness of the practice of design within the international textile industry. Advance creative design and technical skills in your specialised area of print, weave, embroidery or multimedia. Deepen your research skills and knowledge of emerging cultural issues including responsible design practice, trends, markets and professional communication, and engage with industry through live projects, work experience and an optional overseas trip to an international trade fair.

    Directions: Innovation and Transition for Textile Design

    (40 credit points, second half of the year)

    This module supports your transition to your final year, enhancing your ability to develop individual research proposals that reflect personal design interests and building on theory and practice. You will extend and test innovative approaches to your specialist textile area, working beyond discipline boundaries where appropriate.

    Co Lab: Research, Exploration and Risk-taking

    (20 credit points, second half of the year)

    Through active participation with team-based problem solving, you will work together in mixed teams on a project where you will use your creative ideas to generate solutions to a challenge or brief. This collaborative learning experience will expose you to a range of new processes and approaches that will develop your creative thinking.

    Optional module

    You will also choose one 20-credit module from:

    • Material Stories
    • 3D Materials and Exploration
    • Trend Forecasting
    • Buying, Merchandising and Product Fundamentals
  • Final year

    Resolutions: Culture and Context

    (20 / 40 credit points, full year)

    Develop an individual research concept established at the end of second year that advances your knowledge of contextual issues, cultural theories and debates. You will present this as a dissertation or in the alternative format of a visual product. Students choosing the 40-credit option will complete an extended body of research work for exhibition or publication.

    Resolutions: Practice and Context for Textile Design

    (100 / 80 credit points, full year)

    Write your own design brief that enables you to produce an extensive body of work, relating to your career aspirations and reflecting responsible design practices. You will be encouraged to use theories explored in your individual research project to inform your final design collections. You will have opportunities to engage with live projects, competitions and professional bodies to broaden your portfolio and strategically enhance career directions. Students choosing the 80-credit option will produce a smaller design portfolio to reflect the balance of work suitable for alternative career directions.

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 predominantly through coursework. You will experience award-winning teaching, learning and assessment methods that integrate theory and practice. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade. Depending on the module, you may be assessed through a portfolio, sketchbooks, presented and resolved projects, technical and contextual research, a reflective learning journal, essays, presentations, and an individual research project.

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

International exchanges and study trips

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.

This course has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world, including RMIT in Australia. You can apply to go on exchange in Year Two for one semester.

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.

COVID-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by COVID-19.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (90%), practical exams (10%).
  • 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 (21%), independent study (79%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%).

NTU has a rich heritage and is ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the UK for Fashion and Textiles. (Guardian University League Tables 2020)

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

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 have the opportunity to complete work experience or longer placement, with the chance to gain an additional Diploma or Certificate in Professional Practice, dependent on duration. Course tutors and our Employability team are on hand to support you in applying for placement and professional practice opportunities. 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 equivalent; 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

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

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 portfolio if invited to attend an interview.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Other requirements

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Foundation courses

If you need to do an art and design foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

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 speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS. If your application is successful, you'll be invited to an interview where you'll need to bring with you your portfolio.

Download our portfolio checklist.

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

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU applicant portal

If you aren't a resident in the UK, we'll ask you to submit a digital portfolio in lieu of an interview.

Get some digital 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 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.

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 School of Art & Design will provide you with £100 of credit each year (for a maximum of three years) to use in our art shop, school workshops and school printing facilities.

The School will cover the costs of any mandatory study trips.

In Final Year, the School of Art & Design will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including exhibition set-up costs.

If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Additional costs

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We advise you to budget between £150 - £360 per year for printing costs.

Material costs

Depending on the materials you choose to work with, you should budget a minimum of £500 (Year One), £800 (Year Two), and £1000 (Final Year) to cover the production costs associated to you course, including things like your final year project.

Student feedback suggest final year costs range from £650-£1800 depending on your collection. There are opportunities for material sponsorship with some projects.

Stationery and reading materials

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s.

A good supply of these essential text books are available in the University libraries, which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You should budget between £150 - £220 per year (minimum) for stationery and reading materials.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

If you choose to join optional international study trips, you’ll need to budget £475 (minimum) in Year Two. If you choose to join an optional UK study trip in Final Year, you’ll need to budget £120 (minimum).

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

If you undertake work experience or a longer placement, you will have the chance to gain an additional Certificate or Diploma in Professional Practice, dependent on duration.  The Diploma in Professional Practice incurs a fee for the additional placement year.

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 School of Art & Design will provide you with £100 of credit each year (for a maximum of three years) to use in our art shop, school workshops and school printing facilities.

The School will cover the costs of any mandatory study trips.

In Final Year, the School of Art & Design will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including exhibition set-up costs.

If you’re selected to exhibit your work at a graduate show in London, the School will cover the cost of transporting your work, the exhibition stand and event set-up.

Additional costs

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We advise you to budget between £150 - £360 per year for printing costs.

Material costs

Depending on the materials you choose to work with, you should budget a minimum of £500 (Year One), £800 (Year Two), and £1000 (Final Year) to cover the production costs associated to you course, including things like your final year project.

Student feedback suggest final year costs range from £650-£1800 depending on your collection. There are opportunities for material sponsorship with some projects.

Stationery and reading materials

Most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop, Blackwell’s.

A good supply of these essential text books are available in the University libraries, which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

You should budget between £150 - £220 per year (minimum) for stationery and reading materials.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

If you choose to join optional international study trips, you’ll need to budget £475 (minimum) in Year Two. If you choose to join an optional UK study trip in Final Year, you’ll need to budget £120 (minimum).

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

If you undertake work experience or a longer placement, you will have the chance to gain an additional Certificate or Diploma in Professional Practice, dependent on duration.  The Diploma in Professional Practice incurs a fee for the additional placement year.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418