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Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles and Accessories

Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons)

Fashion Textiles and Accessories will provide you with the opportunity to design and produce textiles and accessories for the fashion industry. Focusing on a contemporary and innovative approach, you can explore and combine a range of practical skills, including printed textiles for fashion, mixed media textiles, knit for fashion and fashion accessory product design.


Reasons to study Fashion Textiles and Accessories at DMU:

  • Specialist practical course 
    developing your understanding of contemporary and innovative approaches to textiles and/or accessories for fashion.
  • Fantastic facilities
    including well-equipped workshops for print, knit, plastics, 3D and digital textile printing, metal, wood and leather.
  • Hugely successful graduates
    have gone on to postgraduate study here at DMU, and work at companies such as Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, and Jaguar Land Rover
  • Professional practice
    with portfolio skill support, CAD, digital promotion, CV writing and personal development planning.
  • Strong fashion contextual knowledge
    underpins the course by learning the fundamentals of pattern cutting, garment design and 3D prototyping.
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

This is a specialist course, providing you with the opportunity to develop in-depth textile design and accessory design expertise for the fashion industry. You will investigate and provide new creative directions for fashion forward, luxury and innovative design approaches for fashion materials.

We aim to produce versatile fashion specialists through the course's philosophy of exploring and combining a broad range of practical skills. You will investigate print (screen and digital), stitch, embellishment, knit, and accessory design, as well as learning the skills for CAD, promotion and professional practice.

A strong emphasis is placed on nurturing research, conceptual, creative and technical skills, coupled with development of essential contextual fashion skills such as pattern cutting and visualisation. This will give you the ability to become conversant in a broad fashion context, whilst developing your specialist textile design and accessories skills.

The course believes on creating an environment of choice, letting you determine your own creative direction. You will have the option to choose your technical specialism, in many differing contexts, and directing your studies as appropriate to their style, context, technical skills and market focus.



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Textile Design BA (Hons)
Fashion Design BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: WW2R

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

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

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

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 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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 inlcuding Art and Design

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

Access - Pass QAA Accredited with at least 15 credits in Art and Design at grade Merit and 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 Fashion Textiles and Accessories 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

  • Textiles Studies
  • Observation and Interpretation
  • Design Practice and Context

Second year

  • Creative Fashion Fabrics
  • Creative Design Communication
  • Contemporary Fashion Artefact

Third year

  • Portfolio Development
  • Major Project


Our expert course team covers a range of multi-disciplinary specialisms for the area of textiles for fashion and accessory design. In particular, specialisms such as fashion print, fashion knitwear, mixed media textiles for fashion and fashion artefact design are covered in depth.

You will also have the opportunity to meet and network with our many visiting lecturers from industry, who have included Phoebe English, Jane Bowler, Kat Marks and Sarah Williams.

In years one and two, you will learn in regular timetabled practical workshops, inductions, lectures, seminars, group tutorials, one-to-one tutorials, practical and theoretical talks. Most of your study time will be in practical workshops or studios. In year 3 there is a greater emphasis on independent study, with one to one tutorials being widely used.


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 21 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 21 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

You will have full access to all the faculty workshops.  A large print room is within the dedicated subject area with extensive facilities for dyeing and printing. There is a broad range of woven and knit equipment, sewing machines, digital embroidery facilities, heat transfer plotter and cutter. A digital production facility and CAD suites will allow you to engage with cutting edge production.  Access to our extensive workshops for working with plastics, woods, metal and ceramics is available. This covers a range of traditional and digital production methods with expert technical staff on hand, allowing you to develop innovative work using hybrid technical processes.

You will have access to your own personal studio space, which helps to create a strong working community and course identity. 


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



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.

There are many opportunities for work experience and to work on live projects set by industry, and we support you with your personal promotion (CV writing, portfolio support, online strategies, branding). An optional yearlong placement opportunity is available between years two and three and is supported via our faculty work based learning unit. 



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.

As part of the #DMUglobal initiative, the course provides opportunities to examine the global fashion industry. You will have the opportunity to take part in and visit the Textile Design/Fashion Textiles and Accessories stand at the Premiere Vision exhibition in Paris. This show puts some of your work from years two and three in front of an international industry audience. Preparing you for your career by giving you a chance to develop contacts and see first-hand how the fashion industry works.


Graduate careers

Graduates go on to careers in the textile and fashion industry, gaining employment in design agencies as freelance or in-house designers, developing their own businesses as bespoke designers or becoming high-end designer-makers. They also work for major UK fashion chains and design labels. The course has produced professional, multi-skilled graduates who have gone on to work at companies such as Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Cambridge Satchel Co. and Jaguar Land Rover.

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