Fashion and Textiles Undergraduate Courses

Our fashion and textiles courses are part of a strong creative community where students and staff from all disciplines on a wide range of projects. Take your ideas from concept to catwalk with our highly acclaimed Fashion and Textiles courses. 

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities range from our producing and learning theatre, photography lab and purpose-built studios. 

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events, including the end of year Degree Show. 

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. These links mean that you’ll have the opportunity to work with external clients on real briefs, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of work to help launch your career.

Fashion and Textiles courses

You’ll discover how to design original and inspiring collections which will give you the edge in the fast-paced global fashion industry. Thanks to our influential fashion and textiles industry partnerships, we offer excellent opportunities for you to gain experience through work placements and real world projects. This practical, work-focused teaching means our graduates have a great track record in producing award-winning designs. Two years in a row, a Derby student has won the St Andrews Young Designer Awards – the perfect springboard to a successful career in fashion.

Fashion and Textiles - your questions answered

In the below video, Programme Leader, Kay Bolderson, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Fashion and Textiles at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

Kay Bolderson, Programme Leader in Fashion and Textiles.

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You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your final collection and your portfolios at the graduate fashion show at Derby Theatre and participate in competitions. Recent successes include:

We also successfully collaborate with industry to enhance the curriculum with cutting edge learning environments.

A female models sports socks, a furry jumper and velvet shorts on a catwalk

Discover BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Communication

This course will equip you with styling and communication skills to powerfully tell stories that bring clothing and accessories to life.

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A female puts the finishing touches to a white garment embellished with pink and red floral embroidery and 3d flowers
Male and female models showcase clothing designs on a catwalk
A collection of black, orange and white floral patterned textile samples and yarn on a table

Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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Fashion and Textiles - hear from a student

We asked BA (Hons) Textile Design student, Saffron, how she has found her experience so far studying at the University of Derby.

BA (Hons) Textile Design student, Saffron.

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Lucy Taylor walking down a runway with models wearing clothing from 'Convergence', Lucy's winning collection at the Midlands Fashion Awards

The University supported me with industry-standard equipment, help and support from the fabulous technicians, and excellent tutors who pushed me to reach my potential.

Lucy Taylor
Winner, Midlands Fashion Awards ‘Midlands Young Designer of the Year 2019'*

*Lucy Taylor with her collection ‘Convergence’ Photo by Beth Winsor from Cameo Lab Fine Art Photography

"Everything I learned at University is now the foundation of my working life!"

"My degree gave me the important skills to get where I am today and helped me develop as a person through some fantastic opportunities. Everything I learned, including hand-drawn design work, digital design, garment manufacture and production, is now the foundation of my working life.”

Winner of the top prize at the 2014 St Andrews Young Designer Awards and now a junior designer with Manchester-based Chilli Apparel.

Take a look at highlights from the Fashion Show...

Highlights from the Fashion Show at Derby Theatre

Join our creative community where students and staff from all disciplines collaborate on a wide range of fashion and textiles projects. 

Career opportunities

  • fashion design/forecasting
  • childrenswear, menswear, womenswear and knitwear design
  • merchandising
  • fashion and textile print design
  • furnishing and interior design fabrics
  • marketing
  • PR
  • postgraduate study
  • trend prediction

You could also go on to study our MA Fashion and Textiles.

Facilities

Our Chandos Pole Street building contains new specialist facilities for Fashion and Textiles. These include light and airy studio spaces as well industry-standard equipment and design facilities.

Virtual tour of the Fashion and Textiles facilities at Chandos Pole street
Textiles student Katie Gilbert with her kimono design

How Katie’s kimono became big in Japan

Our Textile Design student Katie Gilbert’s modern take on traditional Japanese clothing gained her international recognition and saw her work on show at exhibitions in Japan, France and Germany.

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Live Subject Chats

Join us on Saturday 6 February for a day of Live Subject Chats. Ask our teaching team questions about the courses we offer, speak to Admissions advisors about applying and chat to current students about their experience.

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