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Textiles Folio Online Short Course

Course description

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. And learning transferable skills to use in your own practice as a designer, artist and practitioner.

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

During the course you will be encouraged to expand your mythologies and making skills for your current practice; or, you may like to specialise in one of the following subject areas if you are considering the possibilities of further education:

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

Who should attend?

The Textiles Folio course can also help prepare students for application to the following programmes at the University of the Arts London 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 Jewellery
  • MA Material Futures
  • MA Textile Design

Students must complete an application before booking onto the course. For details please read the 'Making your application' section below.

Course outcomes

  • To provide a broad diagnostic experience in textiles design thinking and making
  • To encourage students to explore their potential within a wide range of art and design disciplines
  • To expand design skills, personal practice and challenge design ideas
  • To encourage experimentation, research and work at a fast pace
  • To enable students to discover and develop their individual style and authenticity
  • 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

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom session

Activities will be scheduled between the hours of 09:00 15:00 (UK Time), 3 days a week and will include a mixture of live classes, one to one tutorials, crits, peer learning and independent study.

Entry requirements

Making your application

To apply for this course please check that you meet the entry requirements and then click here to complete the application form.

All applications will be reviewed in 7 – 14 days. An email will be sent to notify you of the outcome along with information about the next steps.



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Course structure

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 personalised techniques to a high standard for creating and building individual bespoke portfolios with more depth and substance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time should I commit to the course?

Online contact time with tutors will be scheduled across 3 days of the week, between the hours of 09:00 – 15:00 (UK Time) and will include a mixture of live classes, one to one tutorials, crits, peer learning and independent study.

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.

Will I have a Portfolio Review?

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.

What do I need to do to prepare for an application to a BA or MA?

Students making an application to a BA or MA, are strongly advised to familiarise with the specific course entry requirements and application deadline. For UAL courses this information can be clearly found on each course page.

Do I need to provide proof of my English Language?

No, we do not need you to provide proof to study Textiles Folio. However; as a guideline, non-native English speakers should be at IELTS level 6.0.

If you are progressing to a full time course at UAL after completing your programme, you are still required to meet these conditions. These will be listed on the relevant course page. For more information you can check the UAL English Language requirements webpage.


In order to get the most out of this course you should bring the following materials to your first session:

  • 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

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

The tech requirements:

  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (it would be advisable to ensure you have access yo two separate web browsers, we recommend Safari and Google Chrome)
  • A headset with microphone / headphones is recommended
  • Webcam
Meet the Tutor:

The Textiles Portfolio provides students with a thorough grounding in the different areas of textile design: Knit, Print and Weave. Underpinned by a philosophy of experimentation, visual research and conceptual thinking.

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