Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons)

About the course

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This course provides opportunities for you to investigate textile and accessory specialisms purely focused at 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.

You will also develop expertise in the design and manufacture of fashion accessories, including bag and luggage concepts, body adornment and fashion jewellery.


Reasons to study Fashion Textiles and Accessories at DMU

  • Develop specialist design and production knowledge in fashion textiles, including print, knit and mixed media
  • Expertise in the design and manufacture of fashion accessories including bag and luggage concepts, body adornment, and fashion jewellery
  • Exceptionally well equipped workshops - plastics, wood, metal, ceramics, glass, laser cutting, water jet cutting and leather working specialist equipment

Winner of the BDC New Designer of the Year 2013

Kate Turton, BDC New Designer of the Year 2013

Graduate Kate Turton won the BDC New Designer of the Year 2013

The course will give you an opportunity to design and realise innovative fashion textiles and fashion artefacts. You will explore image, placement, colour, scale and textile materials in the broadest fashion context possible throughout the course. You will also be exposed to a wide range of textile and accessory design elements including:

  • Knitted textiles 
  • Digital, machine and hand-made stitch/embellishment
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Print (screen and digital)
  • 3D design and accessory product construction 
  • Material experimentation covering fabrics, leather, plastics, wood, metal etc

These elements are developed in context with the needs of the contemporary fashion industry, and complemented by instruction in the fundamentals of pattern cutting, garment design and accessory design. This will enable you to see how your designs work in 3D and to understand how they relate to the body. You will build a working knowledge of fashion design, but will ultimately be training to be a textile and/or accessory designer, developing the appropriate skills base for this.

Through this hybrid skills base that you will develop, you are encouraged to produce experimental and highly individual cutting edge creations to adorn the body. You will undertake a wide range of project briefs (internal, external and competition) as well as developing groundbreaking design work through self-negotiated briefs. Live projects are a key part of the course, as is professional practice investigation, which includes guidance in securing internships/placements and personal promotion and communication.

There is a strong emphasis on concept development, visual research and design interpretation. All design work is underpinned by access to a diverse range of well equipped textiles, product and fashion workshops, CAD suites and studios.

Key facts

UCAS course code: WW2R

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

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria


A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 260 points with a minimum of 160 points from 2 full A levels and including grade C in Art and Design (AS/A level) or
  • National Diploma MMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

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

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

Interview and Portfolio

UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to bring their portfolio of work to an open day and interview (please see our Fashion Textiles and Accessories/Textile Design portfolio advice| for full details).

Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work. For further details check our international students portfolio page.

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.

Teaching and assessment

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, who have included Nicola Taylor, Jane Bowler, Rosie Hawley, Kat Marks and Oliver Ruuger.

In years one and two, the majority of your time will be spent in timetabled sessions, with a greater emphasis on independent study in year three. A variety of assessment methods are used, covering extensive practical coursework, written essays or reports and presentations.

Practical coursework includes visual research, sketchbooks and design development work, 3D prototyping, final products/samples, portfolio work, and reports. 

Course modules

Year one

Textiles Studies
Allowing the acquisition of the fundamental skill in textile design, covering printed, constructed and mixed media textile skills.

Observation and Interpretation
The enhancement of visual research skills, focusing on information gathering, drawing, photography, image making and visualisation techniques

Design Practice and Context
An introduction to fashion development skills; covering pattern cutting, 3D prototyping, fashion illustration and portfolio skills. This is further underpinned by critical and contextual studies in fashion and textiles design.

Year two

Creative Fashion Fabrics
A programme of projects further exploring textile design for fashion. Focusing on print, knit and mixed media textiles for various market contexts within contemporary fashion.

Creative Design Communication
A module focusing on skills in design presentation, conceptual development, CAD skills and personal promotion. This lays the foundations for development of CV writing, online promotion and career planning

Contemporary Fashion Artefact
A module specialising in the development of fashion accessory and 3D design skills, whilst broadening an investigation into their fashion context. This is supported via access to new materials and workshops including, plastics, wood, metal, leather and ceramics.

Year three

Portfolio Development
The platform to experiment, specialise and deepen specific aesthetic and technical knowledge for fashion textiles and/or  accessory design. Focusing on creating a body of directional and varied creative work,  while further refining portfolio and promotion skills for exit.

Major Project
The creation of a coherent and contemporary capsule collection of refined samples and product, which demonstrates your personal style, specialisms and direction for graduation. The project may encompass a range of areas such as print, knit and mixed media textiles, accessories, luggage concepts and body adornment.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Work experience and placements

You will participate in a range of activities and projects that support the development of your professional practice knowledge, including material-sourcing and research skills, along with trips to London, Paris (Premiere Vision) and Florence (Pitti Filati). There are also many opportunities for work experience, and to work on live projects set by industry and personal promotion assistance (CV writing, portfolio support, online strategies, branding). 

Opportunities are provided every year to take part in the Textile Design/Fashion Textiles and Accessories stand at Indigo Paris. This show along with the annual graduate shows at New Designers London and Graduate Fashion Week put you in front of an international and contemporary industry audience each year. This will help you to develop contacts and see how the industry works at various levels.

Graduate careers

Graduates go on to careers in the textile and fashion industry, gaining employment within design agencies as freelance or in-house designers, developing their own businesses as bespoke designers and high-end designer-makers. They can also go on to work for major UK fashion chains and design labels. Recent graduates have gone on to enjoy careers such as assistant buyer for George, boutique owner, design assistant for Cocomo in Italy, designer for Secretopia in Australia and a product developer for Calvin Klein. 

Many of our graduates also go on to study a postgraduate course at De Montfort University or other institutions including Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

Fees and funding

2014 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees:  £11,250 per year 

Learn more about fees and funding information 2014|


You will have full access to all the fashion and textile workshops, covering screen and digital print, mixed media, knit and weave, colouration and fashion construction. A large print room is dedicated to the course, 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. The course is also equipped with a digital fabric printing facility and CAD suites. You will also have access to our extensive workshops, supporting work with plastics, woods, metal and ceramics. 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. The dedicated home base creates a strong working community and course identity.



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Featured GalleryKate Turton, New Designer of the Year 2013|

Features New Designer of the Year 2013 Kate Turton|

Portfolio advice

Fashion Fabrics and Accessories, and Textile Design portfolio advice|

Fashion Textiles and Accessories/Textile Design portfolio advice|

International applicants should refer to our School of Fashion and Textiles portfolio advice

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