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Textiles Folio

Start date
Stage 1: October / Stage 2: January
Course length
10 weeks per stage

We are accepting applications for Stage 1 starting in October 2020.

The Textiles Portfolio has been carefully designed to enable students to develop their textiles practice and create a rich and successful portfolio. Whether you are hoping to go onto further study or professional practice, the course will help you achieve your ambitions. Underpinned by a philosophy of experimentation, visual research and conceptual thinking, the programme will allow you to explore and expand your textiles practice while building a portfolio of work.

You will be encouraged to explore diverse areas related to textiles, fashion, costume making, or surface and jewellery design. In addition, you will be given advice on portfolio presentation and best practice for your chosen pathway throughout the course while you engage with exciting projects that will enhance your skills.

It attracts students from all over the world and it is designed to meet the needs of international students.

View the information leaflet for Full Time Portfolio Courses at Central Saint Martins (PDF 1.7MB)


Stage 1: 29 September - 4 December 2020


Stage 2: 5 January - 12 March 2021

Textiles Portfolio Video by SokFok Studio. Music Credits: Walking on Rainbows by Gyom

Course overview

The course is taught on a progressive basis, giving you the opportunity to build your knowledge and develop your skills for up to six months.

Course units

You are recommended to take both stages as students applying directly to stage 2 are only accepted in certain circumstances.

  • Stage 1: for students developing/revisiting/finalising their portfolios (open to all)
  • Stage 2: for students finalising/refining their portfolios for under-graduate courses in Textiles and Fashion Knit or Print (open to students who have attended Stage 1 - and/or for personal non-academic development or employment portfolio creation). If you haven't attended Stage 1, please submit an online application form so the Course Leader can assess your level

Stage 1 offers a broad overview of textile design and an opportunity to explore the fundamental elements and creative methods of textiles, while developing an individual approach to the subject. It includes an exciting mix of workshops and guest lectures delivered by CSM Textiles staff, alumni and professionals. Students are allowed to experiment with knit, print and weave, new materials and 3D design.

Stage 2 is highly focused on allowing students to specialise their skills and finalise their portfolio. Final major projects will bring developing skills into fruition, enhancing portfolios with the depth and substance essential for applying to further study or employment.

Intense portfolio surgeries will prepare students for future applications to BA, MA and professional practice. Invaluable specialist advice will be provided for professionals looking to establish themselves in their chosen field.

Projects and workshops are designed to develop students existing skills while nurturing individual creative styles. Students can expect to work through a diverse range of briefs, broadening the range of work in their portfolios.

Interview practice for future study and employment will help to shape students agenda.

Curriculum / learning and teaching

Subjects covered include

  • Textile design, print, weave, knit, research
  • How to contextualise work to the appropriate standard
  • Drawing and mark making
  • Media techniques, colour, layout and presentation
  • Hand knit, crochet, embroidery, off loom weave and machine knit
  • Printmaking (screen-print and digital)
  • Collage and visualisation
  • Digital design (Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • Photography, personal projects and portfolio surgery

Aims and learning outcomes include

  • To provide a broad diagnostic experience in textiles design
  • To encourage students to explore their potential within a wide range of art and design disciplines
  • To expand student’s design skills, personal practice and challenge their design ideas
  • To encourage experimentation, research and work at a fast pace
  • To enable students to discover and develop their individual style
  • To inspire students to develop confidence in their practice
  • To deliver high quality teaching to small class sizes, taught by staff from a variety of CSM subject areas

Teaching methods include workshops, lectures, demonstrations, external study visits and individual tuition. Students are expected to specialise as the course progresses, culminating in a final project in their chosen area. This will provide a focus for their portfolio to support their application to further study or future employment.

Upon the course students can choose to specialise in one of the following subject areas

  • Costume for Film or Theatre
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Fashion Knit
  • Fashion Print
  • Fine Art
  • Jewellery
  • Surface Design
  • Textiles

Students who have completed Textiles Portfolio have successfully progressed to the BA Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins and elsewhere.

In addition to benefitting professional practitioners and students with applications to future employment; the Textile Portfolio course can also help prepare students for application to the following University of the Arts London programmers, and elsewhere:

  • BA (Hons) Costume Design
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Knit
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Print
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Jewellery
  • BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice
  • BA (Hons) Surface Design
  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • MA Design
  • MA Jewellery
  • MA Material Futures
  • MA Textile Design

Laura Baker (course leader) is a Central Saint Martins short course and portfolio tutor, as well as being a 2D Specialist Print Technician. Laura’s professional practice lies in bespoke shirt design, with a focus on injecting the unconventional into the usually conservative world of formal shirting.

Berni Yates (course leader) has over 30 years’ experience in the Fashion and Textiles sector - she has worked for Central Saint Martins for the past 20 years - her specialist area is Fashion Knitwear and she has taught on BA Textiles throughout her career. Berni has a wealth of knowledge of the fashion and textiles industry and continues to design and manufacture her own label of bespoke hand knit garments.

The course is also taught by visiting tutors, alumni and UAL staff.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Making your application

To apply for this course please click on the “Apply” button located at the top of this page, you will be redirect to a course application form which you will need to complete.

We will only review completed applications, which must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A short statement (no more the 350 words)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • 15-20 high resolution images of your work

All international students from outside the European Union will need a Short-term Study Visa (STS) in order to attend one of our portfolio courses.  To find out more please visit UAL's Immigration guidance for short course students web page.

After you apply

We will review your application.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£2,995 per stage

International fee

£2,995 per stage

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials, for more details please visit the UAL’s Additional Costs webpage.


Please visit the Accommodation webpage to see the options available to you and to find out how much they will cost.

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