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Creative Fashion & Textiles BA (Hons)

Course Overview

Today’s fashion and textile designers are constantly exploring new materials and traditional crafts, incorporating these together and reinventing what fashion and textiles can be.

The recently developed BA (Hons) Creative Fashion and Textiles provides an exciting collaborative opportunity to combine learning in both fashion design and textile design and explore how they affect and inform each other.

You will discover the disciplines of fashion and textile design and traditional craftsmanship by designing and making garments, accessories, fabrics and other fashion or textile products. Translate your fashion ideas from 2D to 3D by building your pattern cutting, construction skills, and manufacturing skills or bring your textile designs to life through print, fabric manipulation, embroidery or knit.

Across the three years, you will have the opportunity to work in both areas of fashion and textile design to help you decide where to tailor your degree; ideally to your creative strengths by specialising. This allows you to develop a unique identity and a career path that suits your ambitions.

You will gain knowledge about ethical practices in fashion and textiles whilst developing skills to help build a sustainable industry through creating new materials, products and methods.

Modules may include:

Year one

  • Idea and Materiality
  • Sustainability Culture and Concept
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Studio Practice and Technology
  • Orientation.

Year two

  • Making Meanings
  • Principles of Visual Culture
  • Creativity and Collaboration
  • Portfolio / Professional Practice
  • Navigation.

Final Year

  • Visual Culture in Practice
  • Inspiration and Experimentation
  • Resolution.

Professional practice is key to this course and students take up placement and project opportunities every year. There are opportunities to learn from visiting industry experts in the studios and work closely with industry partners on live briefs and competitions, to apply your learning and gain real-world experience. You will also engage with research as you develop your design practice.

In addition to our annual summer show, we support students to develop entrepreneurial and teamwork skills through fundraising to present design work at high profile national and international events such as New Designers. Visits to trade shows such as Textile Forum London and Premier Vision in Paris have taken learning out of the studio.

Apply for Creative Fashion & Textiles BA (Hons) via UCAS

Course Overview

Course Overview

Today’s fashion and textile designers are constantly exploring new materials and traditional crafts, incorporating these together and reinventing what fashion and textiles can be.

The recently developed BA (Hons) Creative Fashion and Textiles provides an exciting collaborative opportunity to combine learning in both fashion design and textile design and explore how they affect and inform each other.

You will discover the disciplines of fashion and textile design and traditional craftsmanship by designing and making garments, accessories, fabrics and other fashion or textile products. Translate your fashion ideas from 2D to 3D by building your pattern cutting, construction skills, and manufacturing skills or bring your textile designs to life through print, fabric manipulation, embroidery or knit.

Across the three years, you will have the opportunity to work in both areas of fashion and textile design to help you decide where to tailor your degree; ideally to your creative strengths by specialising. This allows you to develop a unique identity and a career path that suits your ambitions.

You will gain knowledge about ethical practices in fashion and textiles whilst developing skills to help build a sustainable industry through creating new materials, products and methods.

Modules may include:

Year one

  • Idea and Materiality
  • Sustainability Culture and Concept
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Studio Practice and Technology
  • Orientation.

Year two

  • Making Meanings
  • Principles of Visual Culture
  • Creativity and Collaboration
  • Portfolio / Professional Practice
  • Navigation.

Final Year

  • Visual Culture in Practice
  • Inspiration and Experimentation
  • Resolution.

Professional practice is key to this course and students take up placement and project opportunities every year. There are opportunities to learn from visiting industry experts in the studios and work closely with industry partners on live briefs and competitions, to apply your learning and gain real-world experience. You will also engage with research as you develop your design practice.

In addition to our annual summer show, we support students to develop entrepreneurial and teamwork skills through fundraising to present design work at high profile national and international events such as New Designers. Visits to trade shows such as Textile Forum London and Premier Vision in Paris have taken learning out of the studio.

Student Spotlight

Hollie Attwood, BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface Design

I really like the community feel of the UCS campus. Everyone is so friendly. We get to know our tutors well because we have so much contact time with them.

Assessment

Assessment Methods

Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. You will develop skills in visual and verbal presentation techniques through group and individual project work.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you will explore different career paths and graduate with the confidence and skills to succeed.

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

Our students go on to work in industry, develop enterprise opportunities or explore further research at postgraduate level.

Whatever you want to do, our team of subject experts will support you with your next steps.

Many of our graduates go on to successful careers with high profile companies like Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, All Saints and River Island, choosing from roles such as fashion designer, textile designer, studio manager, art director, product developer, pattern cutter and materials research.

Entry Requirements

Typically entrants will possess:

  • A minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification
  • At least four GCSEs including English at grade 4 or above, or recognised Level 2 equivalent.
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
  • The outcome of prior experiential learning can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications in certain circumstances for mature applicants.
  • You will be asked to present a portfolio of work at interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study through 10 to 15 pieces of recent work and two sketchbooks.

Fees

The fee for 2021/22 entry to this course is £7,800* per academic year of study

The fee for 2022/23 entry to this course will be set during Spring 2022.

For more information regarding course fees, please read our 'Fees and Funding' page.

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