Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors

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Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors is a dynamic and demanding course, aiming to create the designers and innovators of the future.

Why study Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors?

The success of Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors here at Bath Spa University has allowed the opportunity for two exit awards to be created in the discipline. The course aims 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. The differing exit points between the BA (Hons) course and the Integrated Masters course provide a wider range of opportunities for students to define their individual direction and professional development for their future.

The course encourages the student to 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 technologies.  It has 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. The intention is 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.

The course is globally aware and enriched by the opportunity to attend international trips. There are visits to specialist studios, trade fairs, exhibitions, museums and student exchanges. Professionals engage with the students setting ‘live’ external briefs, through the visiting lecture programme, and by leading master-classes or workshop activities.

The BA (Hons) students and Integrated Masters students work in parallel, sharing modules and parallel learning environments throughout the first two years and up until midway through the third year. At this year 3 midway point, the students on the two awards take different routes, the BA (Hons) students commence their final self-directed project leading to a degree show and the Integrated Masters students work at level 7 alongside other MA programmes.

This diagram provides an overview snapshot for the awards

Year 1Year 2Year 3BA (Hons) Graduate
(Level 4)(Level 5)(Level 6)
120 Credits120 Credits120 CreditsGraduates exit with a developed textile design identity and a good understanding of their career direction. Some graduates further their study through MA and PGCE courses.

Course structure

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. Supporting textile design, you engage in basic pattern cutting, sewing construction and digital design applications.  Taught techniques in embroidery, print, knit and weave provide the foundation to your design development.

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.

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.

Modules

Course Diagram

Year 1
Level 4
120 Credits
Term 1Term 2Term 3
CX4151-20 Contextual Studies 1
SD4105-20 Professional Context 1
SD4110-20 Drawing and Digital Media
SD4111-20 Colour, Yarn, Fabric and Materials
SD4112-20 Constructed Textiles
SD4113-20 Pattern, Embellishment and Manipulation
Year 2
Level 5
120 Credits
Term 1Term 2Term 3
CX5151-20 Contextual Studies 2
SD5104- 20 Professional Context 2
SD5110-20 Developing a SpecialismSD5111-40 Defining your IdentitySD5112-20 Styling and Display
Year 3
Level 6
120 Credits
Term 1Term 2Term 3
CX6151-20 Contextual Studies: Final StudySD6103-60 Self Directed Project – Textile Design
SD6102-20 Professional Context 3
SD6110-20 Resolving a Personal Project

Course assessment

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.

Excellent facilities are available for Textile Design students. Each full time student has an individual working studio space and access to a wide range of textile equipment.  In these spaces students develop designs exploring and experimenting with ideas, theory and inspiration, visual research, textile processes, colour, fabric and yarn, pattern, styling and presentation.

Take a look at this video of Hannah to get a feeling for the learning enviroment:

The philosopy of the department is to provide, where possible, the opportunity for students 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)

In addtion to textile specialist equipment the Bath School of Art and Design workshops are available to students after Health and Safety introductions and appropriate tuition.  These include:

  • Paint Preparation
  • Metalwork
  • Fine Art Casting
  • Silkscreen
  • Etching & Lithography
  • Woodwork
  • Book & Print (incorporates Bookbinding)
  • Audio Visual Studio (incorporates sound booth)
  • Black & White Photography
  • Photography Lighting Studio
  • ICT: Digital Imaging Suite (Photography)
  • Wide Format Digital Printing (Photography)
  • Ceramics, Plaster Casting, Clay Preparation & Throwing
  • Plastics & 3D Digital
  • Knit & Weave
  • Dye & Textile Screen Print
  • Digital Textile Print & Embroidery
  • Fashion Design Studios (No 4 The Circus)

See the workshops and technical demonstrators in action:

Teaching methods

As students progress through the courses on a varying modules and onto higher levels, teaching methods will change to deliver the intended learning outcomes, however 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

Added Value

  • Extensive personal support from a friendly and caring staff
  • A good practical and theoretical education
  • Extensive Art & Design workshop facilities
  • Availability of careers advice and support

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For further information please contact Course Leader Amanda Goode on a.goode@bathspa.ac.uk.

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

We recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree foundation diploma in Art and Design. 

However if applying with A-Levels only, a total of 260 points (with a grade B in an Art and Design related subject) is expected, supported by a high quality portfolio.

Applicants applying with a BTEC Extended Diploma are expected to achieve an overall Merit grade (Merit, Merit, Merit).

Career opportunities

Work experience and placement opportunities

The professional context modules help to prepare you for a career in the Creative Industries, as part of this learning, 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, Tent London, and/or solo exhibitions.

Careers

The 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 PhD's.

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 and Boden. 

Graduates from the existing MA Design programme have either embarked on successful careers; working as designers for high profile brands such as Kenzo, Etro, Balenciaga, John Lewis, Topshop and Wescott Design studio or have established small businesses including Tea-green, Anne Selby, Sam Pickard, Hewitt Studios, Jan Knibbs and Anna Gravelle.

What students say...

Sam Onyechi completed his BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors in 2011, and graduated from MA Design: Fashion & Textiles 2013. This video gives a snapshot into his experience here at Bath Spa University. http://artdesign.bathspa.ac.uk/b-me/b-247-sam/

Hannah Ellicott, graduated 2013

I am currently focusing on building my design profile, through commission work and exhibiting in shows such as Designers Block, Tent London and the University led New Designers stand.

My three years at Bath Spa gave me the opportunity to experiment with many different paths within textiles, progressing from drawing and developing wallpapers to creating 3D products and giving me an important insight into how to plan my future brand.

From the exciting to the (sometimes) ever-so-slightly nerve-wracking, the tutors encouraged me every step of the way to gain as much knowledge as possible, greatly helping to prepare me for life in the industry.

A thoroughly exciting and creative environment in which to learn!

Anna Glasbrook, graduated 2010

I’m working as a self-employed designer, for example on commissions, exhibitions and trade shows. I thoroughly enjoyed my course. I really felt that we were allowed to develop in our own way, well supported – and pushed – by the tutors (who were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble), but free to develop individually.

The course prepared me very well for my career and the steep learning curve I’m on at the moment!