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Textile Design (BA)

Award
Bachelor of Arts
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Full-time
Campus
Winchester
UCAS course code
TD23

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:

  • Rarethreads

  • Blendworth

  • Bobble

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 403.4 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Winchester campus in Winchester. The awarding body is University of Southampton.