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

Textile Design BA (Hons)

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


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

  • You will develop a broad range of design practice skills across print, mixed media, knit and woven textiles
  • You will gain confidence and employability skills through designing branding, promotional packages and harnessing your career ambitions
  • Our students have recently won awards at the I-Dott, Bradford Society of Textiles and New Designers competitions
  • Contemporary practitioners support the course team in developing your contemporary design practice and signature style
  • Graduates have gone onto careers with Aston Martin, Timberland and Jigsaw

The techniques you will learn include hand and machine knit, fabric manipulation, hand and machine embellishment, digital imaging and printing, digital embroidery, jacquard weaving and knitting, screen printing, weaving and textile dyeing.

Year one introduces the fundamentals of textile design including information gathering, exploring media and material and developing designs.

All pathways share elements of the first year which develops your skills in stitch, fabric manipulation, knit and weave and screen printing. This enables you to make an informed decision on which specialism to choose at the end of the year.

In year two you explore innovative design for a variety of different markets and applications. You will explore different design styles and employment options through projects and live briefs for interiors, fashion, card and wrap.

The final year encourages you to discover your own original design DNA while being commercially relevant and ambitious in the concept, process and realisation of your design.

Live commercial projects, national and international competitions and work placements give you the opportunity to build productive links with industry.

Mixed Media Textiles pathway: This textile surface manipulation 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 by making inventive use of printing and dyeing processes. Devore, discharge, acid and reactive printing, flocking, foiling and digital printing are just a few of the options open to you.

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



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.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

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 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 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 level 3 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

  • Textile Design and CAD
  • Design in Context
  • Observation and Interpretation

Second year

  • Textile Visions
  • Contemporary Design Practice
  • Technical Design Innovation

Third year

  • Portfolio Development
  • Major Project
  • Professional and Contextual Studies


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. 


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. 



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.


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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