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Course Content

Students don’t have to specialise in one particular discipline – we encourage them to explore the idea of textiles through a contextual approach and across the range of processes open to them.

  • Year One
  • Develop skills and strategies in drawing, material sourcing, material manipulation and using different construction methods.
  • Learn techniques in screenprinting, dyeing, weaving, machine and hand-knitting and machine and hand-stitching.
  • Find out about the theories and histories associated with textile design practice and industry.
  • Typical project brief:
    Stripes and Checks
    As a starting point you will be asked to look for pattern and structures in the urban or natural environment. We will ask you to create a collection of constructed textile stripes and checks for the interior or fashion sector.
    You will investigate creative uses of colour, surface texture, structure and form and present design conclusions, inspirations and influences and a clear context for the work.
  • Year Two
  • Develop expertise in textile techniques, including digital processes.
  • Gain experience of work-related learning through work placements, employer visits and responding to national competition briefs.
  • Develop your own research interests and a range of processes and techniques to create industry-focused design conclusions.
  • Year Three
  • Work closely with local and national resources to analyse social, cultural, historical and theoretical issues associated with the craft and industry of textile design.
  • Write a research report that explores the issues investigated in your studio practice.
  • Create your own briefs to build a portfolio of textile design conclusions that are relevant for your career aspirations.

Visiting Lecturers

  • Sarah Angold
    Sarah Angold Studio
  • Daniel Harris
    London Cloth Company
  • Jessie Chorley
    Independent designer and maker
  • Sally Ann Wood
    Senior Print Designer – Home, Cath Kidston
  • Nina Romlin Falk and Adam Robertson
    Kalopsia Collective
  • Lucy Keeler
    Director/owner at Keeler Gordon

Watch a film about Visiting Lecturers at NUA

Designer Margo Selby discusses her studio setup and growing a business.

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.

Students with awards and car panels at NUA

Students design textile interiors for sports car

Year 2 Textile Design students gained essential industry experience by designing interiors for a high-performance sports car. Students were invited to join the project lead by Trident Sports Cars’ Head of Interior Trim and alumna, Rachael Martin. The students worked with a team at Trident Cars to design interior textile panels for the super car and were then presented awards by the Director of Trident Cars, Daniel Monaghan at NUA in June 2016.