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Textiles Folio

A close up head shot of a young woman behind strips of colourful textiles
A close up head shot of a young woman behind strips of colourful textiles
Central Saint Martins
Start date
November (split over two terms)
Course length
14 weeks

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.

We are accepting applications for 2020/2021.

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)


Term 1: 16 November - 11 December 2020

Term 2: 4 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.

Course units

Teaching will be delivered between the hours of 09:00 - 15:00 (UK Time).

Online contact time with tutors will be scheduled across 3 days of the week. To get the most out of the experience it’s highly recommended that students approach this as a full time course. Self-directed practice and research between online contact time is essential.

The course places an emphasis on design thinking. Students will be encouraged to make their own tools and equipment, which will develop their creative resilience and entrepreneurial skills.

Term 1

Will provide students with 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. Through an exciting mix of workshops and guest lectures delivered by CSM Textiles staff, alumni and professionals, students will experiment with knit, print and weave, new materials and 3D design. 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.

Students do not require any specialist machinery for any of the disciplines, we encourage them to develop and create their own techniques and tools using their “thinking hands “. This could be anything from creating a new type of weaving frame, hand printing ideas or even bio design. No student will be at a disadvantage if you don’t have equipment.

Term 2

This will provide a focus for their portfolio to support their application to further study or future employment.

Students will focus on their specialist pathways and concentrate on finalising concepts and narratives for their final major projects. There will be more 1-2-1 tutorials and group tutorials where students will observe peer development. Throughout term 2 ,Students will work on an independent “Final Major Project” allowing them to develop personilsed techniques to a high standard for creating and building individual bespoke portfolios with more depth and substance.

Towards the end of term 2 there will be more Intense portfolio surgeries and preparation interview advice for students whether they are making future applications to BA, MA or requiring professional practice guidance. Invaluable specialist advice will be provided for professionals looking to establish themselves in their chosen field.

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

Curriculum / learning and teaching

Subjects covered include

  • Textile design, print, weave, knit, research
  • How to research and develop ideas
  • How to contextualise work to the appropriate standard
  • How to make sketch books
  • Drawing and mark making
  • Media techniques, colour, layout and presentation
  • Hand knit, crochet, embroidery, off loom weave
  • Printmaking – by hand
  • Collage and visualization
  • 3D design for jewellery and/or constructed textiles
  • Photography, personal projects and
  • Portfolio Building
  • Interview advice

Online delivery

The course will be delivered online through a platform called Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate® is a licensed 'online classroom' and encompasses web conferencing, mobile collaboration, instant messaging, and additional features relevant to your course. Each session is observed by tech support, who will help if you have any difficulties accessing content. The group will also have a dedicated site called Workflow to access supporting materials. Workflow lets you access course content, view recorded sessions, and upload your assignments. Workflow is an e-portfolio, and it can store vast amounts of content and track your progress to offer you the best learning experience. You will have your own assignments page to upload your work to, so your tutor can give you feedback and you can share content with your class. Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Online learning

  • Interactive classes
  • Live demonstrations
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Portfolio space
  • Online handouts and learning materials
  • Personal feedback
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE) with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Teaching methods include a mixture of live classes, workshops, demonstrations, one to one tutorials, peer learning and independent study.

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

During the course students will 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

Past students who have completed Textiles Portfolio have successfully progressed to the BA Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins, Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery and elsewhere.

In addition to benefiting 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

Materials list

  • A1, A2, A3 white cartridge paper (can be loose sheets or a book)
  • A selection of coloured papers - can be 2nd hand
  • Note book or A5 sketch book
  • Pencils - a selection of drawing pencils
  • Pencils - a selection of coloured ones
  • Fine line marker pens - Black
  • Glue
  • Water colours – selection
  • Acrylic paints – a selection
  • Yarns - a selection of yarns, wools, strings, thin, thick, colours, cream
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic bags
  • Selection of wires - colours
  • Scissors - paper and fabric
  • Craft Knife
  • Knitting needles - 6mm
  • Crochet hook - 6mm
  • Sewing needles and threads

For some of the specialist workshops, students will require additional materials, which tutors will advise you of in advance.

Who will teach the course?

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 25 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 and machine knit garments.

The course is also taught by visiting tutors, alumni and UAL staff. You also get to meet current BA students who will share portfolios and undergraduate work with you.

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

After you apply

We will review your application.

Fees and funding

Home fee


(if you are aged 19 or over on 31 August of the year you start your course)


(if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start your course)

These fees are correct for 2020/21 entry and are subject to change for 2021/22 entry.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee


This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. Read more advice for EU students.

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