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Fashion Textile Design BA (Hons)

Are you passionate about a career in the multibillion-pound fashion industry? This creative and dynamic course equips you with in-depth textile design expertise for the exciting world of fashion.

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Overview

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Become a fashion material specialist by exploring and combining a broad range of practical skills across print, stitch, embellishment and knit. Develop research, conceptual, creative and technical abilities, alongside practical skills such as pattern cutting, construction, fashion illustration and digital portfolio promotion. 

Determine your own creative direction by choosing or mixing technical specialisms to your style, context, technical skills and market focus. This will help prepare you for a career in the multibillion-pound fashion industry, where you can benefit from countless opportunities to develop, progress and learn new skills. 

We encourage you to become conversant in a broad fashion context, while honing your specialist fashion textile design skills. There will be opportunities to broaden your creative thinking by networking with visiting lecturers from industry, who have previously included Phoebe English, Jane Bowler, Katie Roberts-Wood, Helen Bullock and David Longshaw.

Key features:

  • DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Fashion and Textiles in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020). 
  • Work on live projects with industry experts to gain valuable skills and experience.  
  • Gain valuable work experience by undertaking a year-long placement. Past students have landed roles at Helen Lawrence, Hussein Chalayan, Adam Andrascik and G-Star.  
  • Recent graduates have been employed by Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, French Connection, Next and The Cambridge Satchel Company. 
  • 100% of our Fashion Textiles and Accessories† graduates have gone on to work or further study, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report.  
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Globalprogramme. Previous trips have taken students overseas to visit global trade shows such as Première Vision in Paris. 
  • The award-winning Vijay Patel Building, home to all of our art and design students, provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking. 
  • We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*. 

†Fashion Textile Design was previously named Fashion Textiles and Accessories BA (Hons)

Scholarships:

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Textile Design BA (Hons)
Fashion Design BA (Hons)
Fashion Communication and Styling BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: WW2S

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit in Art and Design and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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 Textile Design BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

First year

  • Explore
  • Enquire
  • Construct
  • Define
  • Design Cultures 1

Second year

  • Develop
  • Communicate
  • Principles
  • Consolidate
  • Design Cultures 2

Third year

  • Refine
  • Resolve
  • Promote
  • Design Cultures 3 

Structure

Our expert course team covers a range of multi-disciplinary specialisms for the area of textiles for fashion. In particular, specialisms such as fashion print, fashion knitwear, stitch and embellishment 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 any 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. 

Library

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

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.

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. 

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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 DMU Global 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.

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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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