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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.

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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.

Assessment

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!”

Former students include a textile designer with Timberland, a manager at Harrods, a senior fashion editor with the Fashion Model Directory, and a merchandising specialist at River Island.

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. 

You will have the opportunity to enter professional competitions and recent live projects have included projects with Marks and Spencer and Ligne Roset.

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.

If you have any academic questions then please contact Gina Pierce: g.pierce@londonmet.ac.uk

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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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