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Textile Design BA (Hons) module details

Year one 


Visual Enquiry
The bedrock of textile design: subject specific ways to develop textile concepts, ideas and themes, exploring new techniques to create artwork and take a creative design journey using drawing, painting, photography and many other media and processes.

Textile Design Rotation 

A taster designed to enable you to experience the key disciplines of textile design: knit, weave, print and mixed media textiles and be introduced to our workshops prior to deciding on your specialism for your second year.

A decision-making module that helps you identify your personal design direction, conceptual interests and creative ambitions for the future. 

Textile Contexts 
Introduces you to significant design issues, such as sustainability, the circular economy and heritage and key aspects of textile technology such as fabric and fibre recognition.

Design Cultures 1 
This will focus on the social and cultural history of textile design by exploring historical perspectives on the textile design process such as heritage and craft; style and consumption; branding and marketing; identity and subcultures.

Year two

Technical Block
You will explore the key hand-based, digital processes and techniques that underpin your chosen pathway, gaining a deeper insight and understanding of knit, weave, print or mixed media textiles, as well the dye laboratory and other material workshops from across the School of Fashion and Textiles.

Live Project 
An important part of your journey is to participate in live projects from industry offered by professionals and companies each year- these can be fashion, interior or lifestyle focused. You are also encouraged to enter internal and external competitions.

You will bring together your experience of working to a brief and developing your own, writing a self-negotiated project brief and following a critical path to create a textile design collection that sums up your evolved style and individual design direction.

Textile Visions 
You will explore textile innovation, new and evolving technologies and gain an in depth understanding of industry standard testing of fabrics and fibres. You will participate in practical workshops, supported by lecture and seminars, in order to understand the broad range of applications relevant to textile materials.

Design Cultures 2
Building on the history and theory of textile design and material culture, you will be engaged in meaningful academic study focusing on questions and topics related to your discipline and the work of others.

Year three

This is an opportunity to realise a textile collection that showcases your thinking and creative skill, underpinned by an advanced proposal that tests out some of your ideas and key processes to consider for development in the final major project.

Final Major Project By Design Practice
You will develop a substantial, highly crafted and resolved collection of designs that captures all your technical skills and signature style for a contemporary market application (fashion/interiors and lifestyle). It represents your professional debut into industry.

Final Major Project By Dissertation

You have the choice to specialise in practice or our written route. Those of you who love writing and with ambitions to research may decide to focus on a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words which could be historical, theoretical or technical. This can be purely written or involve practice-based research. 

Professional Practice 
This module is all about developing your ability to communicate visually, verbally and in writing in a variety of contexts and platforms. This will include website design, e-portfolio creation and promotional content suited to job applications, further study or setting up your own business.

Design Cultures 3

This module consolidates your skills in research, organisation, critical analysis and communication in order to develop and agree a self-directed title for an extended essay or alternative assessment of 3,500-4,000 words. You are encouraged to show a link between the written assignment and studio projects to demonstrate your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.