Textile Design BA (Hons)

Textile Design BA (Hons)

Discover your distinctive textile design identity and create dynamic collections across a range of fashion, interior or lifestyle markets.

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Overview

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This creative course covers an extensive programme of study that instils the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a practising designer in a global textile market. Industry experts will help you to explore ambitious textile solutions and carry out innovative visual research.  

You can specialise in one of four areas of textile design – mixed media, print, knit or weave. Mixed media focuses on creating contemporary, innovative collections of textiles and products for interiors and fashion. Printed textiles translate imagery onto textile surfaces for both fashion and interior markets and you will explore inventive use of screen printing and dyeing processes.  

Constructed textiles, knit and weave, concentrate on design for fashion and interior markets. You will develop innovative collections through your use of yarn, fibres and dyeing and explore structure to its fullest extent. 

You will be based in our award-winning Vijay Patel Building, which provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking, where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design students. 

Our aim is to prepare you for a career in the international textile industry, which offers countless opportunities to develop, progress and learn new skills. 

Key features

  • DMU is ranked in the Top 10 for Fashion and Textiles in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020). 
  • You have the opportunity to experience all four specialist areas of textile design and the associated equipment and technologies on offer, enabling you to make an informed decision about the pathway you will choose for your second and third year. 
  • Work on live projects with industry experts to gain valuable skills and experience. Recent briefs have been set by Hand & Lock, Hallmark Cards and Sainsbury’s.  
  • Opportunity to do a placement to boost your career opportunities. Recent students have landed roles at Alexander McQueen, Primark, Berghaus, Camira, Irisa, Jane Bowler and Marks & Spencer.
  • This course has a strong reputation with industry experts, with recent graduates employed by Aston Martin, Timberland, Jigsaw, Zoffany, Arcadia Group and Next. 
  • 100% of our Textile Design graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report). 
  • Gain valuable international experience as part of your studies with our  DMU Global programme. Previous course-focused trips have taken students to New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. 
  • 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*. 

 

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
Our dedicated DMU Global High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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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 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 Textile Design BA (Hons) portfolio advice for full details.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

First year

  • Visual Enquiry
  • Textile Design Rotation
  • Define 
  • Textile Contexts
  • Design Cultures 

Second year

  • Technical Block
  • Live Project
  • Consolidation
  • Textile Visions
  • Design Cultures 2

Third year

  • Portfolio
  • Final Major Project by Practice
  • Final Major Project by Dissertation
  • Professional Practice
  • Design Cultures 3

Structure

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. 

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. 

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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.

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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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More about your DMU

Award winning
Vijay Patel Building
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Kieran Pathak-Mould won the Textiles Design award at the annual Fashanne Awards.

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Textile Design student Kieran Pathak-Mould, who took inspiration from ripple patterns seen in nature has won a prestigious award presented by celebrity stylist Gok Wan.

New Art and Design facilities in the Vijay Patel building

Vijay Patel Building

The award-winning Vijay Patel building has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses.

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 14 halls of residence — and around 4,300 rooms — all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

 
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