We challenge conventional thinking about textile design practice and encourage and support you to push the boundaries of your practice through experimentation, critical reflection and skilful use of techniques and processes.
The defining feature of BA (Hons) Textile Design at NUA is the broad experimental approach to a range of textile practices including print and dye, constructed textiles, drawing, laser cutting and digital design. Focusing on innovative approaches to design you will be able to investigate textile practices without being constrained by a curriculum which segregates design specialisations.
Freedom to explore creative practice together with a proactive approach towards industry engagement, self-promotion and competition entry helps students gain placement opportunities and win awards every year, including New Designers, Bradford Textile Society and CAMAC Student Wallpaper Design.
Lectures and workshops with guests from textile design and fashion sectors such as Sarah Angold (Sarah Angold Studio), Sally Ann Wood (Cath Kidston) and Margo Selby encourage industry understanding. Trips to cities such as Paris and New York include studio and trade fair visits to further support you in identifying and developing your own career path or business venture.
Specialist arts institution in the UK for student satisfaction in fashion and textiles courses (The Guardian University Guide 2014)
Visit the Textile Design 2015 Degree Show website.
Higher student satisfaction on Fashion and Textiles courses at NUA than anywhere else in the UK.
“NUA gave me the confidence to create work that was independent and not led by trends.”
Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as Textile Designer Rachel Parker.
“Our workshops give you more confidence, insights and understanding of materials, colour theory and market audience – it’s prepared me for what to expect in industry.”
Textile Design student
Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.
“The students were one of the most approachable and enthusiastic groups we have come across and it was a pleasure to talk to them about their work.”
Kalopsia Collective review of the NUA BA Textile Design Degree Show
“Exhibiting at New Designers helped me build contacts and get my work seen by industry. This led to my first big collaboration with luxury lifestyle brand Anthropologie USA.”
Alumna, Siobhan Palmer (2012 graduate)
“We are looking for students who are enthusiastic and are interested in what is happening in the wider world of textiles and design.”
Course Leader Nick Rodgers answers your frequently asked questions about the course.
Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.
See the industry-standard facilities available to students.
The best way to experience what NUA has to offer is to see for yourself at one of our open days for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
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