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BA (Hons) Textile Design

College
CSM
Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years full time
UCAS code
W235

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19

Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

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 and Textiles Programme.

Great reasons to apply:

  • Our notable graduates include Alice Temperley, Ptolemy Mann, Alex Gore Brown, Wool and the Gang, Wallace & Sewell, Derek Lawlor, Kangan Arora and Mary Katranzou
  • Our current industry collaborations include work with Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co Ltd, WGSN, Edun, 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 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
  • You can take the opportunity to interrupt your course after two years full-time study to do an optional work placement year and qualify additionally for the Diploma in Professional Studies.

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

Caroline Broadhead talks about the Jewellery and Textiles Programme

Student work

Course catalogues

BA Textile Design news

Take Five: Jessie McGuire

With Degree Show season now at a close, we look back at our students’ final projects and the inspirations behind them. In 2011, a study by academics at the London […]

Show Two: Maison/0 Green Trail Winners Announcement

2018 marks the inauguration of the Maison/0 Green Trail. Guiding visitors through Show Two: Design, the Green Trail signposts the best of our students’ sustainable projects.  Spanning all disciplines in […]

Workshop Wunderkammer

Showcasing the boldness and breadth of our technical teams with a cabinet of curiosities, Workshop Wunderkammer features the work of 28 technicians across the College and brings together a diverse […]

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MullenLowe NOVA Awards announcement

From kabuki-inspired textiles to a menstruation co-op, the diverse winners of this year’s MullenLowe NOVA Awards have been announced. Paying tribute to all the shortlisted graduating students, Jose Miguel Sokoloff, President of MullenLowe […]

BA Textile Design on Instagram

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New print work by final year student Vivien Reinert as part of the Kyoto Design Lab summer school a partnership between ...

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Come and see us next week @lethabygallery Creative Unions exhibition. It showcases the work of graduating students whose...

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Introducing Project Sweat a new social enterprise

Introducing Project Sweat a new social enterprise initiated by David Balhuizen. Textile print graduates Georgina Fleck a...

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Happy to report that CSM associate lecturer Kangan

Happy to report that CSM associate lecturer Kangan Arora @kanganarora is currently leading one of the textile workshops ...

Facilities

Print and dye workshop

Print and Dye

Find out more about our Print and Dye facilities

Knit workshop

Knit

Find out more about the Knit workshop at Kings Cross

Weave workshop

Weave

Find out more about our Weave workshop at King's Cross

Course details

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options. Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.


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 units

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.

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.

Staff

First Year Tutor: Linda Florence (Maternity cover: Derek Lawlor (until August 2018), Alice Wellbeloved (September – December 2018)
Cultural Studies co-ordinator: Dr Jane Tynan
Technical Coordinator: Becky Wharmby 
Senior Dye and Digital Print Technician: 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

How to apply

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system. Visit the UCAS BA Textile Design page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here 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. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W235
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM

Please note this course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 pages comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. 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

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 at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Your full portfolio should demonstrate the following:

  • Creative development, whether for a college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated through your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual proposals.
  • Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished design solutions and can be shown in two-dimensional work, or through material experimentation and three-dimensional manipulation.
  • It is important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

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

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

Applying and how your application is considered

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at CSM:

To apply via UCAS, visit the UCAS BA Textile Design page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here 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. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W235
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.

Please note this course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.

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

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check.

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

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL's online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 pages comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

  • The work that you feel is strong, that represents a range of your skills and that is relevant to the course you have applied to.
  • Please include some development work as well as finished pieces.
  • You can create the pages in any layout or have multiple images per page but do not 'overload' each page.
  • You can also include short captions to explain your work.
  • Prepare your pages in any software, then save as bmp/gif/jpg/jpeg/png images and upload through the PebblePad system.

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 or UAL Applicant Portal.

Full portfolio review

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you currently live outside the UK or unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post

The full portfolio should comprise of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

  • Creative development, whether for a college project or in your personal work. By creative development, we mean ideas that have originated through your own experience and research and progressed towards potential visual proposals.
  • Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished design solutions and can be shown in two-dimensional work, or through material experimentation and three-dimensional manipulation.
  • It is important that the creative work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, theme or idea.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

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 page 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


Entry requirements

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

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

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Other University of Arts London awarded level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without Foundation Diploma qualification may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels at Grade C or above
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above

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 Academic 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test)

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 Visa and Immigration (UKVI) 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 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 your work;

  • demonstrate relevant research;
  • evidence your ability to critically reflect and evaluate your achievements

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your 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

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19). TBC

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

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

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