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Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors
Bath School of Art and Design
Campus or location
Sion Hill
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WW27; or WW29; or WW30
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC preferably with a grade B in Art and Design or a related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

A dynamic and demanding textile art and design course, aiming to create the designers and innovators of the future.

  • Opportunities to attend international trips.
  • Visits to specialist studios, trade fairs, exhibitions and museums.
  • Graduates have been employed by companies including Debenhams, Selfridges, Joules and Anthropologie.

We aim to provide ambitious students with a dynamic practical and theoretical design education, supported by industry networks and directed towards the development of a creative career or advanced research in the textile discipline.

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Study options

Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS code: WW30)

The preliminary and intensive Integrated Foundation in Art and Design is designed to develop your ideas, skills and confidence in readiness for progressing to year one of your degree programme.

Professional Placement Year (UCAS code: WW29)

This year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement, for assessment.

“Tutors were happy to answer all of our thousands of questions! They encourage new ways of thinking, pushing every element of the design process: drawing, colour and innovation."

Chloe Gregory and Annie James, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors graduates

What you'll learn


Develop creativity, within the broad and complex field of traditional and contemporary textile design, through intellectual enquiry and with aesthetic sensibility. The course is supported by drawing workshops and underpinned with comprehensive knowledge of digital textile printing technologies. We offer a strong studio culture in which students are inspired to express their design direction, exercising initiative and personal responsibility.

Individually negotiated student-led lines of enquiry are encouraged and supported by a wide range of thorough contextual underpinning and professional practice, which includes live industry briefs, competitions, forecasting and external exhibition opportunities. Students demonstrate self-direction in extending networks for creating work-based learning opportunities and gaining internships.

We intend to equip students with the necessary research, practical, technical, aesthetic and problem solving skills to develop and adapt their emerging practice for their future careers, which include team working, an appreciation of diversity, reflection and self-evaluation and the capacity to work independently to determine personal future learning needs.

Course structure

Year one
In Year One you start to cultivate your observation, thinking and drawing skills into your individual style. You begin to explore the field of textile design and it’s contextual framework. You learn skills in understanding colour, fabric, yarns, materials and dyeing. Taught techniques in embroidery, print, knit and weave provide the foundation to your design development.

Year two
In Year Two you start to explore your potential focus engaging with modules as a textile designer for either fashion or interiors, and begin committing to areas of textile specialisms. Your facility for thinking, writing and analysing is expanded through professional and contextual studies. To establish an understanding of your style and direction, you tackle a combination of projects looking at advancing textile techniques and understanding your career options, these include competitions, live briefs and exhibitions.

Year three
In Year Three you undertake a dissertation and state your identity as a textile designer through an initial exploratory personal studio module. The professional context module leads all students up to midway through the academic year, and at this point as a BA (Hons) student you undertake the final 60-credit module leading to a degree show and graduation.

How will I be assessed?

The module assessments demonstrate how well students have performed in tackling the intended learning outcomes, and is measured against grade criteria.

Throughout the module students will receive formative feedback through individual and/or group tutorials, peer seminar sessions and group critiques.  In many cases this feedback is received both verbally and in a written format.

Students are informed about the ways that marks/grades and feedback are provided by the marking tutor(s), and they receive written feedback on learning achievements against the assessment criteria for a module assignment.

The feedback aims to enable students to see how to improve or develop particular aspects of their work, and students receive the summative feedback along with the marks within three weeks of the completed module submission date.

How will I be taught?

As you progress through the course on a varying modules and onto higher levels, teaching methods will change to deliver the intended learning outcomes. In general the Textile Design teaching involves methods such as:

  • studio engagement;
  • technical demonstrations;
  • practical workshop introductions;
  • taught practical sessions;
  • directed or self-directed projects;
  • active participation through seminars, group work and directed learning;
  • engagement in using both hand and digital processes;
  • lecture series;
  • individual and group tutorials;
  • study trips and gallery visits;
  • personal presentation, display and documentation of work;
  • self directed research and study activities.

As a Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors student, you'll benefit from:

  • extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff;
  • a good practical and theoretical education;
  • extensive Art and Design facilities;
  • availability of careers advice and support.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Drawing and Colour for Design, Repeat Pattern with Digital Skills
  • How to Think Like a Designer: Design, Culture and Context
  • Core Textile Skills
  • Introduction to Visual and Material Culture: Design

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Atelier: Design Direction and Focus. Innovation and Employability: Industry or Competition Led
  • Textile Industry Partnership
  • Making (Textile Product and Outcomes)
  • Textile Focus
  • Styling and Display with Professional Business Practice
  • Textile Design: Contemporary Issues and Practice
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Business and Professional Development with Portfolio Presentation
  • Refining and Resolving your Practice: Preparing to Launch
  • Refining and Resolving your Practice: Professional Portfolio
  • Visual and Material Culture: Final Study


Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Volda University, Norway and Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. We also have links with Boras University, Sweden and The School of Form, Poland.

Field trips

The course is globally aware and enriched by the opportunity to attend international trips. There are visits to specialist studios, trade fairs, exhibitions and museums. Please note that you may have to pay for some of these study visits.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Professionals engage with the students setting ‘live’ external briefs, through the visiting lecture programme, and by leading master-classes or workshop activities.

We expect our students to be active in gaining work-based experience in addition to the learning opportunities relating to employability throughout the course. Generally, paid-internships are to be undertaken in the final weeks of Level 5 or during the summer academic break between Level 5 and 6.

Past opportunities have included the following: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Bay & Brown, Michael Angove, Calvin Klein,Ted Baker, Nina Ricci, Paperclip, Tracy Kendall, Sam Pickard, Clarissa Hulse, Jenny King, Whiston and Wright, Karen Nicol, Milena, Chloé, Nicole Farhi, Jessica Ogden, Zandra Rhodes, Dewhurst, Philip Treacy, Ling Design, Hallmark and Tiger Print,  Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, Selvedge Tent London, and/or solo exhibitions.


Textile Design graduates have secured employment in a range of career directions, working for design studios and design companies, setting up their own businesses or they have developed related careers within retail and the broader fashion and interior industries. Our graduates have also continued with their study undertaking MA's, PGCE's or advancing their research through PhDs.

Employers of graduates from the BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors include; Liberty, The White Company, Bay & Brown, Lyle & Scott, Keeler Gordon, Debenhams, G.M Syntex, Relish Clothing, IVO Prints, Selfridges, Boden, Joules, Marks and Spencer's, Hand and Lock, Hallmark and Anthropologie.

Competitions and awards

We’ll encourage you to participate in competitions. Recent student and graduate achievements include:

  • Lydia Knight, 2016
    Student won national Whittard Tea Caddy Design competition
  • Chloe Gregory, 2015
    Graduate won Sanderson Award at New Designers
  • Annie James,  2015
    Graduate won John Lewis Loves at New Designers
  • Sarah Fennel, 2015
    Graduate won Crafts Council Hothouse Award
  • Penny Jeffries, 2015
    Graduate won Festival of Quilts Award
  • Katherine Whittaker, 2015
    Graduate won maker award at SITselect Showcase Exhibition, Cheltenham
  • Rhian Beynon, 2015
    Student won Whittard Tea Caddy Design competition

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Individual studio space

Specialist textile workshops

Sion Hill Library

Bath School of Art and Design Workshops


The philosophy of the department is to provide, where possible, the opportunity for you to explore hand techniques, domestic machine processes, industrial machine processes and digital CAD/CAM equipment. The textile equipment in specialist workshops or available to take into the studios include:

  • Traditional textile screen printing for fabric and wallpapers
  • Fabric and yarn dye range
  • Embroidery machines (Bernina, Irish, Cornelly, Tufting)
  • Digital ZSK embroidery machines
  • Knit machines (Brother, Silver Reed, Dubied)
  • Looms
  • Mimaki (direct to fabric) inkjet printers
  • Laser Cutter (large bed)


UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021
Material fees
Year 1 £290
Year 2 Published 2020
Year 3 Published 2021

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2020
Year 2 Published 2021
Year 3 Published 2023

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023
Material fees
Year 1 Published 2021
Year 2 Published 2022
Year 3 Published 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level - Grades CCC including grade C in Art and Design or a related subject
  • BTEC -  Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (DMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art and Design or Textiles
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 26 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art and Design or Textiles
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher)  in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art & Design or Textiles.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited by email bring a portfolio of creative work to interview. Applicants will also be asked to bring a short piece of set work. Interview will take place at our Sion Hill campus. More details will be supplied on invitation.

Get ahead

For an insight into the type of work you will be doing in the first term, follow the TDFI course blog: That's what I want to do.

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design in addition to the qualifications listed above; however we will consider applicants without this.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Amanda Goode
Email: a.goode@bathspa.ac.uk

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