BA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts wants students to take an experimental and creative approach to textile design.
You will gain colour, design and materials knowledge within textile print, knit, stitch or weave.
Ideas and conceptual thinking are developed through fashion, sustainability, interior and exterior design projects.
The course actively encourages a studio culture to develop alongside specialist textile workshops.
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Content & Structure
What students can expect
- The opportunity to explore a variety of textile areas including design for digital print, dyeing, knit, screen print, stitch and mixed media textiles including digital embroidery and weave including digital Jacquard
- To develop your visual research skills and idea generation for design and technical skills, supported by leading practitioners in textile design
- A critical theory programme that supports students considering their own design practice within broad, social cultural, environmental and historical contexts
- To gain vital commercial experience through live projects. These vary each year, but in the past students have worked with Burberry, H&M, Indesign, Iberoamericano University (Mexico), Latitude Festival, Made.com, Marks & Spencer, Wallace Collection and trend forecasting company WGSN
- To have access to course specific specialist facilities including a print and dye lab, digital print computer suite and workshops for stitch, digital embroidery, knit and weave. View the textiles workshops image gallery
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities section
- The opportunity to participate in international trade fairs, with recent year’s having exhibited at Première Vision Designs, part of Première Vision, Paris
- To be able to take part in an exchange to another institution. The course enjoys positive relationships with institutions in Berlin, Stockholm and Paris, as well as American colleges including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design and Rhode Island School of Design
- Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education
- Unit 2: Practice - Concept and process
- Unit 3: Practice - Textile contexts
- Unit 4: Theory - Key concepts
- Unit 5: Expanded practice
- Unit 6: Practice - Design and innovation
- Unit 7: Professional communication
- Unit 8: Theory - Contemporary contexts
- Unit 9: Practice - Design identity and synthesis
- Unit 10: Theory - Context and dissertation
Download the programme specification to find out more about what you'll learn.
Learning and teaching methods
- Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops
- Brainstorming sessions
- Briefings, tutorials and feedback
- Collaborative group project work
- Lectures and seminars
- Library and workshop inductions
- Museum, gallery and other visits
- Online learning
- Research methods
- Studio teaching
- Essays, reports and dissertation
- Final show examination
- Mid-year reviews
- Peer assessment
- Portfolio of work
- Student self-evaluation
Fees & Funding
Home / EU fee
Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W231
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following the UCAS deadline all Home / EU applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images using the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and should bring their full portfolio.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
- Through UCAS
- By direct application using our international application form (PDF, 243 KB)
Find out more information about applying through UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.
Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:
- A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
- 1 GCE A Level
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
- 4 GCSEs grade C or above
- International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above
- An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications
- Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements
In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:
- 2 GCE A Levels
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
Portfolios should show the following:
- Visual research in colour, as well as black and white, using a variety of media
- Evidence of an interest in surfaces, textural qualities and mixed media
- Enthusiasm for colour, variety of scale and sketchbooks
- Awareness of a contemporary context and ideas
- Evidence of design orientated research - not necessarily textiles
- An individual response to ideas and critical awareness, showing your design development process
- A concise portfolio that shows a selective approach
- Larger scale work can be presented through photographs
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- Ability to research a variety of concepts and arrive at a design solution
- Enthusiasm for colour, texture and imagery
- Awareness of textile design within contemporary contexts
- A portfolio demonstrating personal responses to project briefs
- Ability to present critical reflection of the subject in discussion
- A concise portfolio indicating a critical engagement with design ideas
- Ability to select and organise work
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Our graduates have gone on to work in international fashion or interior design studios, trend-forecasting companies and magazines.
Others have set up their own businesses or gone on to postgraduate study on Chelsea's MA Textile Design, Central St Martins MA Fashion, as well as courses at other renowned institutions such as the Royal College of Art.
Some of the course’s most successful graduates have joined design teams and are working within couture and high street production for fashion companies including Anthropologie, Burberry, Céline, Chloe, H&M, Liberty, Stella McCartney, Nike, Zac Posen, Jonathan Saunders and Alexander Wang.
- Georgia Dorey - Print designer. Clients include Agnès B, Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furstenburg
- Finchittida Finch - Jewellery label set up by twin sisters Lisa and Tida Finch. Worn by FKA Twigs and Lianne La Havas
- Bridget Harvey - Designer, maker and activist
- Henry Hussey - Artist
- Helen Lawrence - Knitwear designer who has shown at Fashion East and London Fashion Week
- Margo Selby - Woven textile design company making fabrics, rugs and accessories
- Flo Spurling - Designer specialising in hand crafted and embellished textiles
- Hsiao-Chi Tsai - Mixed media textile designer who creates installations and bespoke fashion accessories. She has been commissioned by Harvey Nicholls, Kew Gardens and the South Bank Centre