• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years full time
  • UCAS codeW235

BA (Hons) Textile Design

BA Textile Design explores the three main textile design practices – print, knit and weave – alongside digital and non-traditional approaches to textile design, trend prediction and presentation. It also offers workshops in alternative surface treatments, media and technologies.

This course is part of the Jewellery and Textiles Programme

Great reasons to apply

  • Our notable graduates include Alice Temperley, Ptolemy Mann, Alex Gore Brown, Lisa Stickly, Wallace & Sewell, and Mary Katranzou
  • Our current industry collaborations include work with Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co Ltd, WGSN, Worshipful Company of Weavers, Gianfranco Ferré, Vanners, Timothy Everest, Anthropologie, Next, The Wellcome Trust, DAKS, Lego, Vlisco, Dashing Tweeds
  • Our graduates work in a wide range of careers as designers, designer-makers, researchers, buyers, stylists, illustrators, in concept and trend forecasting, in the theatre or in journalism, and many go on to postgraduate study
  • You'll take part in active collaborations with key cultural institutions, venues and commercial enterprises to introduce you to London's networks of creative practice
  • You’ll have the chance to study two or three of the specialist areas, print, knit and weave, gradually learning which suits your talents best, before you decide which of them to study in depth.

Talking textile careers: Nadia Ricketts, Founder of Beatwoven

Talking textile careers: Sian Zeng, Founder of Sian Zeng London

Talking textile careers: Derek Lawlor, Designer

Talking textile careers: Susan Campbell, Junior Designer at a high street brand

Bee Line, Victoria Umansky, BA Textile Design. Photo: John Sturrock

Bee Line, Victoria Umansky

Taslima Sultana
Taslima Sultana

Taslima Sultana

Ben Short

Ben Short

Lorna Smith

Lorna Smith

Stephanie Rolph

Stephanie Rolph

Salah Ud Din

Salah Ud Din

Pere Bruach

Pere Bruach

Verena Kan

Verena Kan

Elisabeth Ashdown

Elisabeth Ashdown

Daniela Fairchild

Daniela Fairchild

Caroline Broadhead talks about the Jewelley & Textiles Programme

Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones

<b>Taslima Sultana, alum</b>

I found CSM’s approach to design more free and experimental compared to other universities which were more controlled and commercial.

Taslima Sultana, alum

@CSM_BA_TEXTILE_DESIGN Instagram feed

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    Course detail

    BA (Honours) Textile Design explores the three main textile design practices - print, knit and weave - alongside digital and non-traditional approaches to textile design, trend prediction and presentation. This course is part of the Jewellery and Textiles programme.

    BA Textile Design also offers complementary workshops in the use of alternative surface treatments, media and technologies. During your first year you'll study two or three of the specialist areas, gradually learning which suits your talents best. Early in the second year you'll decide which of them to study in depth.

    The degree course aims to maximise your creative and intellectual potential by developing your individual strengths and design philosophy. You'll gain an understanding of the professional context and practice of textile design. You'll also build a personal creative identity and aesthetic vocabulary informed by historical, cultural and technical knowledge, and by the practical experience of making textiles.

    BA Textile Design graduates are equipped to pursue a wide range of careers such as designers, designers / makers, researchers, buyers, stylists and illustrators. They work in concept and trend forecasting, in the theatre or journalism and are able to embrace a wide variety of opportunities presented by the global textiles and design industries, and postgraduate study. You are introduced to this complex professional context and the skills it demands through your project work, workshop practices, the international professional practice and research experience of your staff and the Visiting Speakers, Careers, Business Awareness, and Cultural Studies programmes.

    Students on BA (Honours) Textile Design work alongside those studying textiles at postgraduate level as well as students on the BA and MA Fashion Courses.

    BA Textile Design runs for 90 weeks full time over three years, and is divided into three Levels (or Stages), each lasting 30 weeks. The whole degree course is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each Level (Stage).

    Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (which is stage 1 of the course), Level 5 (Stage 2) and Level 6 (Stage 3).

    There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.

    If you're unable to continue on the course a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4, or a Diploma in Higher Education following the successful completion of Level 5.

    To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.

    Course outline

    BA Textile Design has three specialist pathways - Knit, Print and Weave. Regardless of pathway, learning is student-centred with a focus on development of the individual. There's no set formula for success. You're expected to take responsibility for your own ideas and to become increasingly independent in your learning as you progress.

    Main study - Stage One

    Stage One introduces you to the three principal areas of print, weave and knit, and to areas of visual research.

    In these first three terms you'll progress from introductory design workshops to a series of structured projects developing your research, drawing, colour, design and technical skills in two or three of the textile specialisms. You'll also explore digital and non-traditional approaches to design, structure and surface.

    Main study - Stage Two

    During this stage you'll do further research and begin to develop ideas into textiles and textile products. Your substantial research helps you to apply all the knowledge and skills you gained in the first year and to meet the challenges of turning your ideas into finite textiles or textile products.

    Spring term marks the point where you begin to focus your studies on Knit, Print or Weave. The three specialisms have distinctive requirements and characteristics in terms of their subject knowledge. Aims and learning outcomes, however, are shared - they involve extending your professional and contextual knowledge of textile design for fashion, accessories, interior, exterior and product applications while continuing to develop your design experience and identity. You'll also continue to explore digital technologies and non-traditional approaches to design for structure and surface.

    During this stage you'll be introduced to professional working practices in areas such as market research, range building and promotional presentation. And you'll continue to carry your own expertise and knowledge towards more independent judgment.

    Main study - Stage Three

    Your final year allows you to target strengths and weakness before embarking on your final degree project. You'll start developing your personal interests, focusing on designing textiles and surfaces for fashion, accessories, interior, exterior or product contexts.

    The degree course's project-based structure is replaced increasingly by a more self-directed progress towards the realisation of your major project. With the support and guidance of academic and technical staff you'll develop your portfolio and collection towards the degree examination and public show.

    Cultural Studies

    The cultural studies programme is designed to enhance your communication, research, critical and writing skills. The discipline involves the study of cultural and creative processes, but goes beyond history and theory of art and design to encompass various aspects of cultural knowledge. In stage one and two you attend lectures and seminars on units relating to the city and creative culture, you explore key cultural concepts and choose from a range of elective choices such as art and fashion, postcolonialism, visual cultures, the body and sexuality. In the final stage of your degree you undertake dissertation research under the supervision of an assigned tutor who supports your research on a subject of your choice. It may be weighted at 20 or 40 credits. The dissertation is a written project where you explore an aspect of visual, textual material or spatial culture. There are many areas to explore in the cultural studies programme such as art, design, technology, concepts of taste, material culture, multiculturalism, identity politics, gender, consumerism, ethics, sustainability and media studies.

    Personal and Professional Development (PPD) helps to prepare you for employment and career development by providing you with skills to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning. The core study of Textile Design also helps develop many of these transferable skills, which play their part in equipping you for a professional career and the generic activities of creative practice.

    PPD is integral to BA Textile Design and is embedded in many aspects of both the studio and cultural studies programmes as a planned part of their structure and learning content. PPD activities take place in all Stages of the degree course and aim to improve your capacity to understand what and how you are learning and to help you to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning. A considerable number of the skills learned in the academic context of BA Textile Design have a wider value and use in other areas of life. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers.

    Developing your skills - external activities

    BA Textile Design maintains active collaborations with key cultural institutions, venues and commercial enterprises to introduce you to London's networks of creative practice.

    Current collaborations include work with Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co Ltd, WGSN, Worshipful Company of Weavers, Ballantines, Gianfranco Ferré, Vanners. Polartec, Timothy Everest, Pure, Muraspec, Stoll, Anthropologie, Next and The Wellcome Trust.

    BA Textile Design Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 420KB)

    Industry collaborations

    Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

    Recent client projects in the Textiles and Jewellery programme include: DAKS, Lego, Anthropologie, WGSN, Vanners, Timothy Everest, Vlisco, Dashing Tweeds, The Wellcome Trust

    Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

    Facilities

    • Print & Dye

      Find out more about our Print & Dye facilities

    • Knit

      Find out more about the Knit workshop at Kings Cross

    • Digital Media

      Find out more about our Weave workshop at King's Cross

    Staff

    Course Leader: Anne Marr
    Weave Pathway Tutor: Philippa Brock
    Knit Pathway Tutor: Theresa Rarer
    Print Pathway Tutor: Jo Pierce
    First Year Tutor: Linda Florence
    Cultural Studies co-ordinator: Jane Tynan 
    Technical Coordinator: Becky Wharmby 
    Senior Dye and Digital Print Technician: Tansy Hamley
    2D Specialist Print Technician: Laura Baker 
    Specialist Print and Dye Technician: June Fish
    Specialist Technician for Constructed Textiles: Linsay Robinson
    Specialist Weave Technician: Ayse Simsek

     

     

     

    How to apply

    When to apply

    The UCAS deadline for all applications (Home, EU and International) is 15 January 2018.

    Please note that not all courses are able to consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as late.

    Applying and how your application is considered

    You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

    Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

    • University code: U65
    • Course code: W235
    • There is no 'campus code' for CSM
    • This course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

    After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

    What happens next

    If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. 

    Mini portfolio

    The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 pages comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. It should include:

    • Sketching;
    • Two and three-dimensional work including experimentation and development;
    • Material and Media manipulation
    • Inspiration and research material
    • Demonstration of textile techniques and skills

    Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

    Full portfolio review

    • If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
    • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
    • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

    Your full portfolio should demonstrate the following:

    • Creative development, whether for a college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated through your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual proposals.
    • Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished design solutions and can be shown in two-dimensional work, or through material experimentation and three-dimensional manipulation.
    • It is important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea.

    Please remember:

    • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
    • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
    • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

    How we notify you of the outcome of your application

    You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

    Deferred entry

    Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

    When to apply

    The UCAS deadline for all applications (Home, EU and International) is 15 January 2018.

    Please note that not all courses are able to consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as late.

    Applying and how your application is considered

    There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at CSM:

    Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

    • University code: U65
    • Course code: W235
    • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.
    • This course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

    Please note that you can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.

    For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

    After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

    Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

    Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check.

    Please note: If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

    What happens next

    If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL's online portfolio review system. 

    Mini portfolio

    The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 pages comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

    • The work that you feel is strong, that represents a range of your skills and that is relevant to the course you have applied to. 
    • Please include some development work as well as finished pieces.
    • You can create the pages in any layout or have multiple images per page but do not 'overload' each page.
    • You can also include short captions to explain your work.
    • Prepare your pages in any software, then save as bmp/gif/jpg/jpeg/png images and upload through the PebblePad system.

    Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track or UAL Applicant Portal.

    Full portfolio review

    • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
    • If you currently live outside the UK or unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
    • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post 

    The full portfolio should comprise of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

    • Creative development, whether for a college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated through your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual proposals.
    • Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished design solutions and can be shown in two-dimensional work, or through material experimentation and three-dimensional manipulation.
    • It is important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea.

    Please remember:

    • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
    • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
    • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

    How we notify you of the outcome of your application

    You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

    Deferred entry

    Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

    Study Abroad applicants

    International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student. 

    Please visit the UAL Study Abroad for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information: 

    T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
    E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
    W: UAL Study Abroad

    Entry requirements

    Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written statements. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

    Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements details below:

    • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    • 1 GCE A Level
    • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

    OR

    • Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
    • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

    OR

    • Other University of Arts London awarded level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
    • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

    OR

    • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 

    OR

    • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
    • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

    In exceptional circumstances, applicants without Foundation Diploma qualification 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 at Grade C or above
    • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above

    Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

    English language requirements

    All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

    IELTS Academic 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test)

    For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

    Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. 

    What we look for

    We are looking for lively, energetic, committed, creative people who are hard-working and adaptable; those for whom fabrics, colour, pattern and form have a special fascination.

    Selection criteria

    Applicants are selected according to demonstration of potential and current ability to:

    Work imaginatively and creatively in two and three dimensional visual media;

    • engage with experimentation and invention;
    • show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work;
    • take informed risks

    Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities;

    • through your portfolio, demonstrate a range of approaches to design;
    • development, material manipulation and sensitivity to colour originated;
    • from personal experience or visual research and progressed through;
    • logical stages to finished design solutions;
    • evidence of handling a material or medium with sensitivity to its qualities;
    • demonstrate an awareness of planning and time management skills 

    Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work;

    • demonstrate relevant research;
    • evidence your ability to critically reflect and evaluate your achievements

    Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work;

    • evidence an interest in contemporary art and design;
    • identify social and/or cultural influences on your work

    Articulate and communicate intentions clearly;

    • discuss your work in individual and group situations;
    • present your work appropriately and effectively

    Demonstrate commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course;

    • develop your own ideas and address both set and personal project briefs;
    • show willingness to collaborate;
    • show initiative

    Fees and funding

    Home/EU fee

    £9,250 (2018/19). TBC

    Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 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.

    International fee

    £19,350 (2018/19).

    Additional costs

    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.

    Accommodation

    Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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    Careers and alumni

    BA Textile Design graduates are equipped to pursue a wide range of careers as designers, designer-makers, researchers, buyers, stylists and illustrators.

    They also work in concept and trend forecasting, in the theatre or in journalism, and are able to embrace a wide variety of opportunities presented by the global textiles and design industries. Many go on to postgraduate study.

    The Course encourages a culture of ‘flexible specialists’ with a wide range of transferable design skills. Graduates have embarked into successful careers working with companies such as: Calvin Klein, Mark Fast, Alexander McQueen, Paul & Jo, Givenchy, Nissan Europe, Gainsborough, Vanners, Fiorette, Mascioni, H&M, Ford, Nokia, M&S, Ted Baker, Oasis, Dazed and Confused, Anthropology, Lyle & Scott, Liberty and others.

    Recent BA Textile Design alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the subject, with these names among others achieving prominence: Alice Temperley, Ptolemy Mann, Alex Gore Brown, Elaine Ng, Leutton&Postle, Sian Zheng Terence Coran, Lisa Stickly, Wallace & Sewell, Mary Katranzou.

    Awards

    Recent graduates have been awarded:

    • British Fashion Council Award
    • Vauxhall Fashion Scout Award
    • Texprint Colour, Pattern and Lululemon
    • Shortlisted for Designer of the Year 2013, Elle Decoration
    • TED Fellowship
    • Surface Design Award Finalist
    • Peter Collingwood Trust Award
    • Worshipful Company of Weavers Award
    • Worshipful Company of Framework, Knitters Award
    • Clothworkers’ Foundation Print Bursary
    • Clockpit Arts/ Clothworkers’ Foundation

    Alumni

    • Rebecca Moyster

      Rebecca grduated in 2004. After a successful career working in product development at Burberry and the Designers Guild, she decided to quit her job to launch the her luxury balloon business, Bonbon Balloons.

    • Taslima Sultana

      Taslima, talks about a typical day on the Textiles course.

    • Stephanie Rolph

      Stephanie talks about her woven modular furniture.