Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors

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A dynamic and demanding 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.

“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 & Annie James graduated 2015

Why study Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors?

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.

Engage in our students progress by following our Textile blog and Pinterest board.

Course structure

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. 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.

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.

Modules

  • Year 1
    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 2
    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 3
    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.


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.

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.

Competitions/awards

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

  • Lydia Knight, 3rd year Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2016
  • BA student wins national Whittard Tea Caddy Design Competition - available to buy from March 2016
  • Chloe Gregory, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA Graduate wins Sanderson Award at New Designers
  • Annie James, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA Graduate wins John Lewis Loves at New Designers
  • Sarah Fennel, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA graduate wins Crafts Council Hothouse Award
  • Penny Jeffries, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA Graduate wins Festival of Quilts Award
  • Katherine Whittaker, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA graduate wins maker award at SITselect Showcase Exhibition, Cheltenham
  • Rhian Beynon, 2nd year Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, 2015
  • BA wins Whittard Tea Caddy Design Competition

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

  • A Level - grades BCC including Grade B in Art & Design or related subjects preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) in a related subject in addition to other qualifications or evidence of experience in Art & Design or Textiles.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points will be required in addition to a HL Art subject at grade 6 and evidence of further experience in Art & 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.

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

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.

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.

Career opportunities

List of current alumni careers

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, Boden, Joules, Marks and Spencer's, Hand and Lock, Hallmark and Anthropologie.

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.

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!"