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, creative dance house 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.

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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.

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.

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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Open Days

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success. 

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