Undergraduate study

The School of Fashion and Textiles has its roots in the formation of the School of Art which was founded in 1870, and directed at the thriving textile industries in the region during the period.

Undergraduate courses:

About the School

The School of Textiles was officially founded in 1885, with clothing manufacture developing in the 1930s, later becoming the Fashion Design programme, and our world renowned Contour Fashion programme established in 1947. This was followed in the 1950s by the establishment of a Footwear Design programme.

Today, both of these unique programmes form a distinctive and significant element of the School of Fashion and Textiles, with a wide range of expert staff with industry experience to help students achieve their ambitions. The School has retained a strong Textile Design programme, which is complemented by Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons), one of the newest programmes in the School. Indeed, the School works closely with industry to maintain subject relevance, and ensure that our graduates are highly sought after.

The Fashion Buying BA (Hons) has been another success story, with graduates working directly with industry throughout their programme.

The School is constantly upgrading its wide range of equipment and resources to meet industry standards, investing in digital printers, laser cutters and CAD CAM systems. Such investment enables students to experience industry standard practices to ensure they are as well prepared for their first job as possible. We have regular inspirational talks from some of the biggest names in the industry including Jimmy Choo, Kate Bostock, Executive Director at Marks and Spencer, and Dan O’Sullivan, founder of Irregular Choice shoes.

The School of Fashion and Textiles today continues the tradition on which it was founded, to produce some of the best, world class graduates in a variety of challenging disciplines, in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.


Our graduates can be found in leading and influential positions around the world, from local companies such as Next and George at Asda, to national brands such as Marks and Spencer, Clarks, River Island, Kurt Geiger and Topshop. International brands and designers have recruited our graduates who are based around the world, at Tommy Hilfiger in Amsterdam, Abercrombie and Fitch in Columbus, Ohio, Donna Karan in New York and Alberta Ferretti in Italy.

Many graduates have established their own brands, including Obey My Demand which recently dressed Lady Gaga, Nicole De Carle, whose designs are sold in exclusive stores worldwide, and Katie Eary who has had work featured on Kate Moss in Vogue.

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Design by Katie Williams BA (Hons) Fashion DesignDesign by Katie Williams 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design 

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