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Textile Design - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This degree course introduces you to a professional career in textiles. As a textiles student you can design interiors, clothing and accessories, acquiring the technical skills for textile processes as well as experimenting with non-traditional approaches. You’ll have numerous opportunities to enter competitions, visit industry and trade shows and exhibit your work. Some of our previous students have undertaken work placements at Alexander McQueen, Monsoon, Beyond Retro and the British Museum.

In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months. In the National Student Survey 2016 this course scored an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction.

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In a department bubbling with creativity and energy you'll explore textile design for interiors, fashion and accessories, with opportunities to produce garments or a specialist fabric collection.

After undertaking workshops in print, weave, knit and mixed media you'll go on to pursue specific interests and material specialisation through both studio and contextual study.

While experimenting with digital textile printing and laser cutting, as well as learning traditional techniques, you'll also have opportunities to collaborate with London Met students studying jewellery or fashion degrees across a wide range of projects.

The University has industry links with multinational companies such as Marks and Spencer and furniture retailer Ligne Roset, as well as local practitioners. You'll work with a diverse range of retailers, manufacturers and design studios on live projects, providing you with valuable experience of the textile industry.

You'll have opportunities to enter competitions, visit industry and trade shows both in the UK and overseas to exhibit your work, leading to a work-ready portfolio for your final year show.

As you progress, you'll gain an understanding of commercial, ethical and industry standards as you undertake projects and work placements, develop professionalism and establish networks to further your career.

As the University’s external examiner explains: “The level of engagement with industry and preparation for the workplace, are notable strengths of the course.” Graduates have taken up roles with high street retailers such as River Island and gone on to establish independent design outlets and businesses.

You may choose to enter textile, fashion or interior design roles including designer-maker, industry designer, buyer, technologist, stylist and design journalist, or to progress on to a master’s course.

Our team includes professional textile artists, practitioners and designers, as well as fashion, interior and product designers, who lecture and mentor to support your learning.

The course provides you with regular feedback through tutorials to prepare you for your final assessment, ensuring you fully understand the criteria and the outcome objectives for your coursework. You'll also gain information and advice on working in the design industry to help you decide on your specialism and prepare you to enter the workplace.

There's considerable emphasis on the professional presentation of project ideas. During the course, you'll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding while working on real world creative briefs set by professional design bodies. This will prepare you to enter roles in textiles, fashion, interior design, retail, and journalism, among other related careers.


You're assessed via project work and essays, individual and group design practice, and a final major show and dissertation.

Professional accreditation

We have established links with professional multi-national companies such as Marks & Spencer and Ligne Roset, securing placements and prizes for students whilst studying. We work with diverse retailers, manufacturers and design studios for live projects, providing valuable experience of the textile industry.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements,you will normally be expected to obtain:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 or more UCAS points (or equivalent, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma) in relevant art and design subjects
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum grade of BBC in three A levels in relevant art and design subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Visual Research and Communication
  • Design Principles
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1
  • Workshop Practice

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Creative Industry Practice
  • Narrative or Human Scale
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2
  • Design Details

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Major Project Realization
  • Project and Design Development
  • Research Methods & Dissertation
  • Work Placement & the Entrepreneur or Design Competition

“The difference between London Met and many other universities is the focus on post-graduation employment. There is a great emphasis on practical skills for the workplace and the importance of workshops and hands-on experience."

"Art and design based modules run alongside business studies to help us as upcoming designers, understand the real working world. The highlight of my experience at London Met was the live project that we undertook with Marks & Spencer. Not only was this an incredible experience at the time, but by maintaining this connection I was employed by M&S a few short months after my studies ended. It is this approach to practical skills and focus on careers that London Met should be commended for.”

“Studio culture has transformed the experience for me. I really appreciate the chance to explore what my practice may be when I graduate. Teaching staff have been excellent, giving me just enough freedom to explore, but not so much that I get lost! Excellent facilities. Excellent technicians.”

“The work placement is excellent. The study visits are good for bonding and learning, and tutors have good contacts with the industry. My time at London Met on the textile design course was brilliant! I was so stimulated and enriched by the projects and seminars. It not only taught me in-depth textile knowledge but also key life skills and a lot about myself. The teachers are open minded and supportive, always looking for new ways to help you achieve your potential and bring out your creativity."

"The best thing for me was the variety of subjects you could study. I even tried my hand at textile jewellery designing which I loved! I enjoyed my time and experiences at London Met so much that I applied to do a postgraduate course there!”

Our graduates have gone on to work at companies including Timberland, Harrods, the Fashion Model Directory and River Island.

London Met textile design student Majeda Clarke was shortlisted for a Bemz Design Award and went on to create her latest collection with UNESCO

Other roles include self-employed designer-maker, industrial designer, buyer, technologist and stylist, or you could consider progressing to a master’s in your field.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

If you have a question about the course, please contact Gina Pierce:

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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