Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

W230

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Chandos Pole Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Fashion and Textiles at Derby has been ranked in the Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

BA (Hons) Textile Design at the University of Derby achieved 95.8% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018. Our excellent specialist textile design and production expertise and facilities, combined with our staff expertise ensures you that this course is distinctive in offering a rich combination of traditional and advanced new technology. 

We provide strong links with the industry, with alumni holding design positions at Stephen and David Walters, Cristal Martin, Donna Karan and Boden. 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing this course (HESA 2016). Artsthread, the largest student global website is the brainchild of a Textile graduate and the founder continues to support our students. There are excellent opportunities for internships and summer placements, through industry led projects and competitions. Student Sarah Briggs spent her summer employed as a design intern by Sophie Steller Studio.

Textile Design at Derby offers the three creative areas of Print, Knit and Weave. It is a place where traditional processes are not forgotten alongside new technologies. Our students design and develop fabrics for fashion, interiors and decorative surfaces. At the end of three years of study our graduates are ready to work effectively and successfully in all areas of the Textile Industry. Our new Chandos Pole St Fashion and Textiles ”hub” is an exciting place to learn in a contemporary and vibrant environment.

Some recent national successes and awards received by our students include:

There are excellent opportunities for internships and summer placements. Textile Design student Sarah Briggs spent her summer employed as a design intern by a leading knitwear consultancy in London - Sophie Steller Studio. Her work formed part of an exhibition in New York and in Shanghai.

You'll exhibit your work in the final year Degree Show - that provides you with the opportunity to showcase your work, as well as make vital industry contacts. There is also the opportunity to show your degree work in London, at the New Designers graduate show.

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

You'll develop and realise your potential through a varied programme of studio-based projects, lectures, debates, competitions, live project work, group critiques, field visits, tutorials, technical demonstrations, written assignments, seminars and practical workshops.

A European professional and cultural fieldtrip is an integral part of the final year of study.

95.8%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Textile Design**National Student Survey 2018

As part of our commitment to improving student experience and improving our course offering, changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch or attend an open day.

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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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

You'll be introduced to the basic skills of print, knit, weave some pattern cutting and manufacture. You will also learn about methods of visual language for design looking at illustration, colour work, observational drawing and CAD.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Design for Textiles
  • Introduction to Fashion and Textiles
  • Visual Studies for Fashion and Textiles

You'll learn how to design on advanced CAD/CAM systems in print, knit and weave, before deciding on a particular field of design to study.

Your work will be project based, giving you the chance for personal expression. You will also work on national competition briefs and live projects.

If you want to gain work experience, you can take an optional work placement between stages two and three during which you'll study an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Directed Projects in Textile Design 1
  • Directed Projects in Textile Design 2
  • Project Research in Textiles
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

You'll work on personal projects that demonstrate your independence as a designer and help you to gain confidence and expertise in order to work in the industry. The Degree Show exhibition will give you the opportunity to develop your ideas into product prototypes for fashion or interior collections.

  • Contextual Studies 3
  • Independent Study in Textile Design
  • Negotiated Study in Textile Design
  • Textile Direction

How you will learn

You'll develop and realise your potential through a varied programme of studio-based projects, lectures, debates, competitions, live project work, group critiques, field visits, tutorials, technical demonstrations, written assignments, seminars and practical workshops.

A European professional and cultural fieldtrip is an integral part of the final year of study. Typically you will visit Premiere Vision, Paris, a global fabric trade fair.

How you are assessed

Assessment is mainly 100% coursework and is fully explained once you have enrolled on the programme through our intranet information system. There is both formative and summative assessment, the former taking place in the form of group crits.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Find out more about Textile Design

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

Textiles is a global industry and offers you many opportunities to travel as part of your career. This course will prepare you for an exciting career in printed, knitted or woven textiles working as a designer and also in a variety of roles such buyer, merchandiser, stylist or illustrator in a wide range of organisations associated with the international textile industry.

Some graduates have gone on to work on a freelance basis in their chosen specialist field, establishing their own workshops, websites and companies. During your course you can take advantage of our mentoring schemes, which are designed to help young entrepreneurs to establish themselves. The University Careers department is particularly pro active in supporting students throughout the 3 years of study and guiding them into graduate employment. 

We also provide support for graduates starting out in the creative industries, through our incubation unit - Banks Mill. It offers studio workspace and business development activities, in a vibrant and thriving community of artists, designers and makers.

Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

Programme leader

Kay Bolderson

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Drawing equipment - cost subject to specialist area

Drawing and materials for making

Mimaki Digital fabric printing (£25 - £35 per metre)

Printing of artwork A2/A3 Portfolio (approx. £5- £50)

Specialist materials in support of Graduate show - cost subject to specialist area

Materials in support of other final year projects - cost subject to specialist area

Student promotion materials (approx. £70)

Field trip to Paris for Premiere Vision, includes entrance to Premiere Vision (approx. £300)

 

 

 

Optional costs not included in your fees

Optional additional field trips in UK (approx. £30)          

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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