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
- Surface Design
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