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 & Textiles Programme

Scholarships and Awards available:

Clothworkers' Foundation Material Fund
Clothworkers’ Company Print Bursary
Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson Awards
Foundation for Essex Arts Scholarships
Mead Scholarships and Fellowships
Fung Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

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

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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 Textiles and Jewellery Programme

Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones

5 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.

Facts

Course Leader

Anne Marr

Course Location

King’s Cross, London

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years full time
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 per year (2017/18).

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 academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

£17,920 per year (2017/18).

Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateMonday 25 September 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January – Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineApplications for 2017/18 entry will close on 15 January 2017.
UCAS CodeW235
University CodeU65

Content and structure

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.

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 Techinician: 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

Careers

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

Entry requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

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

  • Foundation Studies in Art and Design
  • A pass in 1 GCE A level
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

or 

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

This educational level may be demonstrated by possession of equivalent qualifications; e.g. International Baccalaureat or High School Diploma.

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 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

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 Border Agency (UKBA) 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 a 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 their work

  • Demonstrate relevant research
  • Evidence your ability to critically reflect and evaluate your achievements

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of their 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

Apply - UK/EU

When to Apply

The deadline for equal consideration for all applications (Home, EU and International) is the 15 January 2017

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 2017 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.

What Happens Next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 images comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. 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
  • A 250 word statement about your current work in which you may want to refer to artists whose practices you feel have influenced it; you may wish to refer to problems and how you solve them and to the ideas and interests important to the work you are showing us.

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.  These normally take place at the college in February and March.

If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL portfolio (up to 30 images) through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Please ensure that your Full Portfolio contains evidence of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ research, ideas development and experimentation with a different range of materials, techniques and media as well as finished pieces.

Your work could be the result of set projects and self-initiated work. We like to see sketchbooks / notebooks, working drawings, life-drawing, photography, textile techniques, material and media manipulation, 2D or 3D work. Demonstrate your ability to tackle visual problems and find inventive/creative solutions. It is useful to organize your folio into categories to make it easier to view. Avoid repetition and demonstrate a wide range of your skills.

We are interested in you as an individual, your personal interests, your creativity and initiative in finding out about your proposed area of study. We would also like to know about your favourite designers and artists, where you have seen their work at first hand and how you have acquired more information about the work that interests you.

How We Notify You of the Outcome of Your Application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Deferred Entry

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

Apply - International

When to Apply 

The UCAS deadline for all Undergraduate applications for both Home/EU and International is the 15 January 2017.

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 2017 will result in the application being marked as late.

Applying and How Your Application is Considered

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

 

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.

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

Immigration History Form (for International Applications Only) 

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents:

  • Your passport photo page 
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this)
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English) 

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

What Happens Next

If you meet the entry requirements we will invite you to attend a portfolio review or submit your portfolio digitally.  

  • If you currently live in the United Kingdom and applying from within the UK, you will be invited attend a full portfolio review at the college, between January and March.
  • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post

Please ensure that your Full Portfolio contains evidence of ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ research, ideas development and experimentation with a different range of materials, techniques and media as well as finished pieces.

Your work could be the result of set projects and self-initiated work. We like to see sketchbooks / notebooks, working drawings, life-drawing, photography, textile techniques, material and media manipulation, 2D or 3D work. Demonstrate your ability to tackle visual problems and find inventive/creative solutions. It is useful to organize your folio into categories to make it easier to view. Avoid repetition and demonstrate a wide range of your skills.

We are interested in you as an individual, your personal interests, your creativity and initiative in finding out about your proposed area of study. We would also like to know about your favourite designers and artists, where you have seen their work at first hand and how you have acquired more information about the work that interests you.

How We Notify You of the Outcome of Your Application 

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track.

If you applied through one of our overseas representatives, they will tell you the result of your application.

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

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.

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