BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Textiles)

About the course

This degree involves a practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. In the First Year you’ll learn contemporary approaches to designing and making across a range of 2D and 3D media. Then, in the Second Year, you’ll focus your interests in order to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace.

The final year results in a production of richly diverse range of artifacts - such as experimental clothing and accessories, objects and surfaces for interiors, site-specific pieces and conceptual works for exhibition or commission. Our students produce a richly diverse range of artefacts, such as experimental clothing and accessories, objects and surfaces for interiors, site-specific pieces and conceptual works for exhibition or commission.

Why choose this course?

  • The Contemporary Design Crafts Textiles degree encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and awareness of contemporary markets.
  • You establish and refine your interests in the field of textiles to reach the high level of skills demanded by the professional marketplace.
  • Placements develop a versatile understanding of the workplace, establishing our graduates as contemporaries in a competitive professional market.

What will I study?

The course combines studio projects and practical workshop based sessions, where ideas and making are integrated. Students have a base studio, where design development, group tutorials, crits and presentations take place. The Critical and Cultural Studies modules combine lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutorials, and encourage a high level of debate and interaction. Students are encouraged to see their learning as an interactive experience, in which they play an active part, so that they emerge as resourceful and independent professionals, committed to pursuing their ambitions beyond graduation. The degree is staffed by practicing professionals, and Visiting Lecturers who regularly contribute specialist expertise.

You will work with traditional techniques and integrate new technologies in large workshops, with expert technical support. The workshops are the focus of the student experience our students are using the latest digital textiles printing, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional equipped workshop to develop their practice. 

A particular feature of the course is its practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. This awareness and sensibility is also developed through progressive studio projects, providing an initial framework for individual research and creative interpretation, which eventually allows you to focus your interests and establish your unique identity. 

Professional Accreditations

Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Careers

The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study

What job can I get?

With a focus on fresh ideas, using materials and techniques in inventive ways and understanding contemporary markets, this course helps you reach a professional level.

The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study.

Our graduates have gone on to teach, curate, set up their own businesses and even showcase their work at the Royal Academy, the London Art Fair, Liberty London and through the Craft Council’s Hothouse Makers programme.