BA (Hons) Textile Design

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Institution code: N39
Course 3 Year UCAS code: W231
Course 4 Year UCAS code: W235
Course length: 3 or 4 year options

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Experiment and explore the broad context and future of textile design at NUA as you develop your professional skills and personal style through commercial and creative briefs.

Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree course will encourage you to try a range of techniques, from traditional processes to 21st century technology; including:

  • Screen-printing
  • Weaving
  • Knit, stitch and material explorations
  • Digital design and making with industry-standard equipment.

Career inspiration for textile designers

As your skills evolve, you will gain insight into the industry through lectures and workshops with guests like Deborah Bowness, Karen Nicol and Margo Selby.

The breadth of design experiences throughout the course means that NUA is a source of talent ready for a variety of industries and careers, including:

  • Fashion
  • Interiors
  • Theatre
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Manufacturing

Your work will gain a wider audience through opportunities for exposure at national and international showcases, competitions and events.

Our graduates are award-winners in the UK and beyond, including the 2018 winner of the SDC International Design Competition, and winners at the i-dott and Bradford Textile Society Awards.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including

  • Textile Designer
  • Designer Maker
  • Pattern Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Buyer
  • Stylist Materials Producer
  • Interior Designer
  • Researcher
  • Stationery Designer
  • Branding Executive
  • Conservator
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Weaver

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

Course content

  • Year 1
  • Learn a variety of key skills, which may include screenprinting, weaving, hand and machine knitting and stitching, digital imaging and printing
  • Examine the history and theory of textiles, and associated aspects of design and culture
  • Develop your drawing, visual research and design development skills
  • Engage with the contemporary textile industry through lectures and seminars from a range of visiting lecturers, visits to trade shows and field trips.
  • Year 2
  • Broaden your understanding of traditional techniques and explore advanced applications of digital and CAD tools for design and manufacture
  • Examine contemporary textile design topics including ethical and sustainability issues
  • Collaborate with other students on projects exploring a variety of textile related contexts
  • Continue your engagement with the textile industry through placements, national competitions, visiting professionals and field trips.
  • Year 3
  • Undertake self-negotiated projects offering opportunities to showcase your design and technical skills
  • Develop a Research Report around a topic of your choice and underpinned by individual studio practice
  • Consolidate your professional portfolio of work and create promotional material targeted towards future employment and career opportunities.
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Convention

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
Merit

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 27 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

You can email us on international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

BA (Hons) Textile Design degree portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should be relevant to this course, but you can include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of innovative design.

You may wish to include some of the following:

  • Projects that demonstrate working through a design process (outcomes may be for; textile designs, wallpaper, fashion garments or accessories, costume designs, installations, set interior designs, product or graphic design, jewellery or shoe design)
  • Examples of experimental uses of materials (stitch and print, knit and crochet, colour and surface manipulation, shape, collage, repeat pattern and mixed media)
  • Drawings, paintings and/or illustrations (design concepts, technical skill, observation, imagination)
  • Mood boards (concept/ design boards)
  • Photography both as visual research and documentation of outcomes
  • Work created using Adobe Creative Suite or other appropriate design software package

Further portfolio advice and tips

Get more advice on presentation formats, layouts and when to submit your portfolio in the application process.

Fees and Funding

The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK or ‘International/EU’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact student.finance@nua.ac.uk

UK students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

2021/22 Tuition Fees for new entrants

Citizen status

Course

Fee

UK

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)

£9,250

International (including EU)

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)

£15,900

Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

International students

Find out more about 2021 fees for international students and the scholarships and support available.

Financial support for UK students

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

Tuition fee loans are available for UK students.

  • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
  • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £26,575 per year

Maintenance Loan for undergraduate study – 2021/22

Student Maintenance Loans are available from Student Finance England for UK students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

  • A loan of up to £9,203 may be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £7,747 may be available if you live with your parents.

Different figures may apply if you are currently based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email us: student.finance@nua.ac.uk

Scholarships

Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.

Bursaries

For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). Find out more about bursaries at NUA

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

Four year degree – BA (Hons) Textile Design

Four year degrees offer students a chance to build on their experience within their undergraduate course of choice.

Year 0 will help to build confidence and develop subject specific practical, creative and conceptual skills – making full use of University studios and workshops.

Typical UK offers and entry requirements for Year 0 entry

GCE A/AS Levels
2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher. 

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Merit, Merit, Pass in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
An overall Pass

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
An overall Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
Pass

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
Pass

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 24 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

Students
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Theo Lusty

"Textiles are a constant presence in our lives; cocooning, clothing, and comforting us from birth until death."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

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Emily Shires

"The advantage of Textile Design is that it can take you down so many different avenues that you never even knew previously existed."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Sarah Venn

"My work placement gave me a great appreciation of the creative control I have at university. While I believe it’s good to focus on your end result at university, you should appreciate that your time at university will be a unique and valuable time to play, and discover who you are as a designer or artist too."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

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Brandon Tan

"Clocking-up hours in the workshops is absolutely essential. From the beginning of the first year, having hands-on workshop experience has been the best way for me to develop new skills but also make mistakes, learn from them and have fun."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

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Ches Young

"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."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

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Michael Bartley

"Having supportive tutors on the course has enabled me to push my practice further and I’ve become much more confident with my drawing and Photoshop skills."

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Lecturers

  • Sarah Angold

  • William Crisp

  • Jane Eastwood

  • Robert Hume

  • John Macaulay

  • Louise Richardson

  • Daniel Harris (Visiting Lecturer)

    London Cloth Company
  • Lucy Keeler (Visiting Lecturer)

    Director/owner at Keeler Gordon
  • Laura McPherson

  • Caroline George

  • Lizzie Kimbley

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