Textile Design - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
Textile design is central to the worlds of fashion and interiors, and this lively and creative course encourages you to explore the industry while applying your skills and ideas to visual research, design and textile making, and undertaking work placements with high-profile organisations, visiting trade shows, and entering competitions, as you prepare for your final year portfolio.
In a department bubbling with creativity and energy you will explore textile design for interiors, fashion and accessories, and take up the option to produce garments, or a specialist fabric collection.
After undertaking workshops in print, weave, knit and mixed media you will 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 will also have opportunities to collaborate with London Met students studying jewellery or fashion degrees, across a wide range of projects.
The University’s industry links include multinational companies such as Marks and Spencer and furniture retailer, Ligne Roset, as well as local practitioners. You will work with a diverse range of retailers, manufacturers and design studios on live projects, providing you with valuable experience of the textile industry.
You will have opportunities to enter competitions, visit industry and trade shows, including those overseas, and to exhibit your work, leading to a work-ready portfolio for your final year show.
As you progress, you will 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,” and graduates have taken up roles with high street retailers such as River Island, or gone on to establish independent design outlets and businesses.
You might choose to enter textile, fashion, or interior design occupations, such as self-employed designer-maker, industry designer, buyer, technologist, stylist, and design journalist, or to progress to a master’s.
Our team includes professional textile artists, practitioners and designers, teaching you alongside fashion, interior and product designers, who lecture and mentor to support your learning and increase your confidence.
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. Information and advice on working in the design industry supports you with your choice of specialist study and your entry into the workplace.
You are assessed through project work and essays, individual and group design practice and a final major show and dissertation.
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 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).
Three levels, each of 120 credits. After experimentation, you focus on fabrics for fashion, interiors, products or art textiles. You study trend forecasting, specialist software, and fashion illustration in addition to specialist design through making.
Year 1 topics include:
- Visual Research and Communication
- Design Principles
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1
- Workshop Practice
Year 2 topics include:
- Creative Industry Practice
- Narrative or Human Scale
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2
- Design Details
Year 3 topics include:
- Major Project Realization
- Project and Design Development
- Research Methods & Dissertation
- Work Placement and 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 upcoming designers understand the real working world. The highlight of my experience at London Met was the live project that we undertook with Marks and 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 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 way 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 post graduate course there!”
Learn how 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.
There is considerable emphasis on the professional presentation of project ideas. During the course, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding while working on real world creative briefs set by professional design bodies, preparing you to enter roles in textiles, fashion, interior design, retail, and journalism, among other related careers.
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.
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How to apply
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.
News and success stories
Visitors enjoying the 2014 Cass Summer Show
10 June - 2 July 2016
Dates have been announced for this year's Cass Summer Show art exhibitions.
Jane Bowler Workshops poster
Workshop: 23rd July, 5.30 - 7pm
Come and join designer Jane Bowler and head of knitwear Heather Orr for a free knitting workshop.
Celebrating London’s fashion history through the Aldgate area, home of the Huguenots and the epicentre of the UK’s rag trade roots
12 June - 4 July
Dates announced for Cass Summer Exhibitions 2015
A faded floral tapestry
Apply to speak at the symposium
Applications to speak at the symposium by 11 April 2015
The trips and wanderings of the 3D studio.
The 3D Studio, Editions of You, visited Oxford for the day, where they saw ‘Love is Enough’ at The Museum of Modern Art.
Monday 16 February at 1 pm
'The Instability of Cloth, a lunchbox lecture by the artist Katie McGown
St Lorenzo church in Guarini, Italy
9-13 February 2015
Students, staff and studios across The Cass celebrate and share their work in progress with panels of critics and invited guests.
Parties everywhere at The Cass
Parties galore at The Cass for Christmas Celebrations this year, where the ingestion of art, architecture and design (...and the odd tipple) spread merriment amongst all.
Rebecca De Quin
Speakers Corner: A lecture by Rebecca De Quin
Rebecca de Quin RCA is a silversmith who has successfully combined studio practice with a parallel career in teaching for twenty five years.
CASS 'Start of the Year' Party
The first party of the year is being held at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and is open to all students at The Cass.
Nine Cass Textile Design Students win chance to show work at the Warner Textile Archive Gallery
Students win chance to show work Warner Gallery
Nine students from across all three levels of BA Textile Design at The Cass have been selected from over 250 entries to show their work at the Warner Textile Archive Gallery.
Image by Dan Cates Shot on 35mm film, Schoolchildren's Palace, Pyongyang, North Korea.
Exhibition of Undergraduate Work from The Cass
The Summer Exhibition of Work by The Schools of Art and Design at The Cass will take place at Central House from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 21st June.
Alex Donne-Johnson Art Director and Motion Designer
Talk, Public Lecture, Speakers Corner: 11th April
Alex Donne Johnson is a motion designer and art director who recently founded the Creative Agency – Dazzle Ship.
Fridays Portfolio surgery went down a storm
Students were treated to personal stories of experiences after graduation.
Meet the team
Lisa BloomerLisa Bloomer
Mark BloomfieldMark Bloomfield
Karen BuckleyKaren Buckley
Jessica ChattertonJessica Chatterton
Claire GillClaire Gill
Damian GristDamian Grist
Natalie HandImage of Natalie Hand
James HolmanJames Holman profile image
Samuel MemberyOutfit from SS14 Itokawa Film collection
Rentaro Nishimura'HEX'. Polypropylene sheet, Die cut.
Gina PierceDigitally printed wallpaper.
Tracy Spurgeon‘Egga'. Detail of Knitted, Stitched, Heat-pressed and Laser-cut Lampshade.
Adi TochPassage, 2012. Patina on silver plated metal. Photo credit: Sussie Ahlburg
Sam WingateCup resting on its side on top of a plate
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