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Textile Design BA (Hons)

Textile Design at DMU encourages your creativity and helps you to find a personal design direction.

Overview

Reasons to study Textile Design BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Develop a broad range of design practice skills and informed practice
    across print, mixed media, knit and woven textiles
  • Gain confidence and employability skills 
    with access to industry partners and visiting lecturers
  • Advance your industry understanding
    through designing branding and promotional packages
  • Work placement
    sare offered as part of this course and a great opportunity to boost your skills and experience while studying
  • Aston Martin, Timberland, Jigsaw, Zoffany, Arcadia Group and Next
    are some of the diverse and creative jobs that our graduates have gone onto
  • The new Vijay Patel Building
    has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses - find out more
  • Core workshop materials
    available at no cost to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials - find out more
  • Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300 
    for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*

The Textile Design BA (Hons) covers an extensive programme of study, which instills relevant knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a practicing designer in a global market. The curriculum responds to a diverse range of employment opportunities and the need to be relevant in a varied and changing industry.

All students share the first year where you will develop your drawing and design skills, alongside enabling you to learn how to develop concepts and understand the context in which you design. You have the opportunity to experience all four specialist areas of print, weave, knit and Mixed media. In these you will use the associated equipment and technologies on offer which will enable you to make an informed decision about the pathway you will choose for your second and third year.

In year two, you will explore concept development, specialist technical knowledge, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information, develop design collections for both fashion and interiors and work with live briefs from both fashion and interior industry, demonstrating the ability to generate innovation and design outcomes within your specialism.

The final year encourages you to discover your own personal design identity.

Teaching is centered within group tutorials, one to one tutorials and smaller workshop activities. We actively support research and innovation so you can demonstrate the skills you have gained. We encourage you to have the confidence to ask questions, experiment, and utilise the expertise and specialised skills that staff and visiting lecturers have to offer.

Mixed Media Textiles pathway: This pathway focuses on creating contemporary, innovative collections of textiles and products for interiors and fashion. You will use processes such as Cornelli and Irish stitch (hand, machine and digital), fabric manipulation, sculptural textile construction and embellishment.

Printed Textiles pathway: This pathway translates imagery onto textile surfaces for both fashion and interior markets.  You will explore inventive use of screen printing and dyeing processes. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of Devore, discharge, acid and reactive printing, flocking, foiling and digital printing.

Constructed Textiles pathway: You will focus on woven and knitted textile design for fashion and interior markets. You will develop innovative collections through your use of yarn, fibres and dyeing and explore structure to its fullest extent.

In knit you will gain experience in the use of domestic knitting machines through to Dubieds V-bed hand knitting machines in various gauges, and you will be introduced to the latest Shima Seiki industrial compact knitting machine.

In weave you will gain experience in the table top handlooms.

You will also learn the full technical process of planning a warp and setting up the loom, progressing on to Dobby looms and Jacquard weaving. 

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W231

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval).

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students.  Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2017/18: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students.  Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A ‘levels and including grade C in Art and Design or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM in an Art and Design related subject or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points including Art and Design

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access  - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. Please see our Textile Design BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Visual Enquiry
  • Textile Design Rotation
  • Define 
  • Textile Contexts
  • Design Cultures 

Second year

  • Technical Block
  • Live Project
  • Consolidation
  • Textile Visions
  • Design Cultures 2

Third year

  • Portfolio
  • Final Major Project by Practice
  • Final Major Project by Dissertation
  • Professional Practice
  • Design Cultures 3

Structure

This includes lectures, demonstrations, individual and group tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, critical reviews, presentations and self-directed studio practice.

Each year you will participate in various national and international competitions such as the Hand and Lock, Hallmark cards and New York SURTEX Exhibition Design competition. Students regularly win awards at New Designers. Their work has also been exhibited in showcases such as The Discerning Eye, and selected for Licentiates with the Society of Designer Craftsmen, One Year On and Graduate Showcase with the Embroiderers Guild.  

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 19 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 22 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

You will share a lively studio area which is used for drawing and painting. There is a digital fabric print facility, a CAD area and open access to sewing machines, paper-making, felt making, batik and tapestry-weaving facilities. The course also has a large print room with extensive facilities for dyeing and printing. 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations. 

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

Opportunities include freelance designer/maker, designer for industry, buying and production, gallery exhibitions, private and public commission work, demonstrators, art therapy, gallery and retail opportunities and teaching.

Graduates work for companies such as Hallmark, George, Lucy Woodhouse Studio, Gilbey and Cheyne, Tiger Print, Osborne & Little, H&M and Warner Fabrics.

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The new Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses.

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