About this course
Whether you’re interested in textiles for fashion, interiors, or products, our Textile Design course will nurture your creative, practical and professional skills. Learn to create contemporary textiles using our first-class digital and traditional knit, print and weave facilities. You’ll be supported by highly experienced textile designers, and have opportunities to gain industry experience throughout your studies.
You’ll explore different aspects of textile design in your first year, then choose to specialise in woven, knitted or printed textiles for the rest of your degree. You'll engage with industry and deepen your design practice in the second year, before you define yourself as a designer in your final year.
We have a vibrant, creative art-school campus with superb studio space and equipment, such as:
3 Shima Seiki computerised knitting machines and hand operated knitting machines
an industry-standard Mimaki fabric printer and a screen printing lab
a variety of looms, including an electronic dobby loom
CAD software packages
3D printing and laser cutting
You’ll learn traditional, manual processes alongside cutting-edge, digital techniques. We also strongly emphasise the future of the textiles industry, by exploring current issues such as sustainability.
As part of your course you can:
take an optional year in employment to gain work experience
take part in industry design competitions
study overseas at one of our partner universities in Europe, Canada or other international exchange destinations
visit studios and attend talks from external industry speakers
take part in private views and the degree show at Winchester School of Art, all of which are attended by professionals from creative industries
You'll also have the opportunity to work on live briefs with businesses in the industry. Previous students have worked with:
This course is based at Winchester, Winchester.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.