BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2020
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Taunton
  • Course Description

    This innovative, hands-on course will encourage you to push the boundaries of textiles and surface design. The course feeds into this booming industry by engaging how we improve the quality of our designed environment and challenge preconceptions of style. You can choose to focus on the design of interior textiles, hard surfaces such as tiles and panels for home or commercial environments, or create innovative designs for use in the fashion industry.


    You will be taught to question the ways in which colour, pattern, image, scale and texture create style and atmosphere. You will learn to create and present your work as a professional with an emphasis on business skills and how your designs fit into the workplace.


    You will use a wide range of textile and surface design processes with state-of-the-art workshop facilities to develop a portfolio of work that is instantly identifiable as yours.

    In addition to our End of Year Degree Show, students fundraise to showcase their work to industry at events such as New Designers.


    The modules studied may include:

    • Identity & Materiality
    • Studio Practice
    • Creativity & Collaboration
    • Sustainability
    • Inspiration & Innovation

    Find an example of the course handbook here.

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    Regulations for validated awards of The Open University and the Appendices can be found here.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    Most of your time will be spent in our first-rate studios and workshops. Your practical work will be complemented by a programme of visual culture. Assessment is by 100% coursework. Your final Degree Show exhibition forms an essential part of assessment.


    This course is delivered on-site each week across the academic year.

  • Career Progression

    Graduates have established varied and exciting careers in fields such as textile design, interior design, decorative product design, automotive design, style forecasting, retail management, design management, buying, trend forecasting and gallery sales.

  • Entry Requirements

    Typically entrants will possess:

    • 80 UCAS points
    • or an equivalent vocational qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma – DM)
    • or a Pre-degree Access Diploma
    • GCSE English


    Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.


    You will be asked bring your portfolio to interview.

  • Costs

    £7800