Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications

School of Design

BA Textile Design

In this section:

Overview

UCAS code Qualification Duration and mode of study
W232 BA

3 Years Full Time

 

What you study

You’ll spend your first year working on drawing and repeat pattern skills, as well as constructed textiles techniques such as knit and stitch and the use of colour. You’ll also gain an insight into the technological and cultural aspects of art and design. Once you have a solid grounding in these skills, you’ll be able to specialise over the next two years of your degree.

Within digital textiles, you’ll focus on textiles for fashion or interiors, experimenting with techniques such as laser cutting and digital fabric printing or combining the two in materials manipulation. Throughout the degree, you’ll work on drawing, repeat pattern drafting and in-depth market research.

Whether you choose knitted or stitched textiles within the structured textiles route, you’ll be able to develop innovative, contemporary designs for fashion or interiors based on your own visual and market research. You’ll use different media to explore the potential of knitted and stitched textile structures and techniques, and you’ll learn how to influence the form, colour, 3D structuring and other properties of textile materials.

What facilities are available

We have plenty of facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds. You’ll be able to develop your practice in spacious, well-lit and well-equipped studios, as well as purpose-built computer clusters so you can build your CAD skills.

The University is also home to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, containing a huge variety of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing bought and worn by Yorkshire locals throughout the 20th century – a great resource for your own research and design.

We also house the M&S Company Archive including documents, advertising, photos, films, clothing and merchandise from throughout Marks & Spencer’s history. It provides a fascinating insight into how fashion and homewares within the marketplace have changed and continue to evolve.

ULITA, an archive of international textiles, is housed on campus and collects, preserves and documents textiles and related areas from around the world. You can make appointments to view items, but it also has an online catalogue where you can explore the major collections.

Why Leeds

This exciting and varied degree gives you the chance to cultivate your creativity in textile design, while acquiring specialist skills in a stimulating environment. Not only will you develop your professional practice and question your creativity, but you’ll benefit from studying at a prestigious Russell Group university that gives you a solid academic grounding to put your work into context.

Core modules and a common first year will introduce you to the principles of design, while you explore different types of textiles and gain an insight into the historical and cultural context of this field of design practice.

You’ll then be able to focus on one of four specific areas and develop your specialism: textiles for fashion or for interiors within the digital textiles pathway, or kitted or stitched textiles within the structured textiles pathway. It’s a great opportunity to build a set of professional skills that will really appeal to employers.

Please visit the School of Design website at www.leeds.ac.uk/design

Applying,Fees & Funding

In accordance with the School of Design admissions policy. You will find details of this on the school website at http://www.design.leeds.ac.uk/undergraduate.htm

How to apply

Applications should be made online through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.  Please go to their website at www.ucas.com, for details of how to apply. 

Selection principles

An offer of a place is based on careful consideration of the UCAS application. Pre-A level qualifications, including GCSEs, your personal statement, and academic reference are all of importance. Good performance at 'A' level (or equivalent) in creative and academic subjects is essential.

Fees

For information about our fees and details of the financial support that may be available to you please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances

Scholarships and bursaries

The University offers a range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to young, able students from less affluent backgrounds to support them in their studies. Please see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances for full details.

Please note as part of the portfolio of means-tested scholarships available for 2016 entry, we have one award available for a UK student starting a BA Textile Design course in September 2016 who comes from the North of England (The Donald William Stell Memorial Scholarship). It is worth £12,000 per standard year (£9,000 tuition fee waiver and £3,000 cash paid in instalments) for three years (only).

This scholarship will be awarded to a UK student who meets all of the eligibility criteria to apply for a means-tested scholarship, who will begin a BA Textile Design course in September 2016, who are from the North of England, and who submits an application by the deadline. Information on the overall means-tested scholarship eligibility criteria can be found here and the application process here. The means-tested Scholarships are competitive; meeting the eligibility criteria alone will not guarantee an award.

If you have any questions about the means-tested scholarships and the Donald William Stell Memorial Scholarship please contact the Scholarships Officer

Course Content

The School of Design spans the visual arts and sciences and our tutors are all experts in their fields. Our lecturers use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you develop your skills, knowledge and critical thinking.

Depending on the modules you choose, this may involve lectures, seminars and tutorials in which group discussions play a role. Practical tutorials, demonstrations and workshops are also vital for improving your practical skills. However, independent study underpins all of our degrees, enabling you to develop your own ideas.

We also use different types of assessment, including the formal submission of your studio practice. Portfolios and responses to project briefs are also part of the mix, while exams, essays, individual and group presentations are used in some modules.

Please note as part of the portfolio of means-tested scholarships available for 2016 entry, we have one award available for a UK student starting a BA Textile Design course in September 2016 who comes from the North of England (The Donald William Stell Memorial Scholarship). It is worth £12,000 per standard year (£9,000 tuition fee waiver and £3,000 cash paid in instalments) for three years (only).

This scholarship will be awarded to a UK student who meets all of the eligibility criteria to apply for a means-tested scholarship, who will begin a BA Textile Design course in September 2016, who are from the North of England, and who submits an application by the deadline. Information on the overall means-tested scholarship eligibility criteria can be found here and the application process here. The means-tested Scholarships are competitive; meeting the eligibility criteria alone will not guarantee an award.

If you have any questions about the means-tested scholarships and the Donald William Stell Memorial Scholarship please contact the Scholarships Officer.

Current modules taught

For a full list of modules taught please visit the Module and Programme Catalogue.

Careers

A degree in Textile Design allows you to develop a range of professional skills, which will help to open doors in a range of careers. You’ll present your work publicly in your final year, and you’ll always be encouraged to engage with a defined audience through your designs.

What’s more, because Leeds uses its academic strengths to provide you with a theoretical background to your practice, you’ll also develop transferable skills that appeal to all kinds of employers.

You’ll be a strong communicator with presentation, research and analytical skills – you’ll be able to find information from a range of sources, think about it critically and explain your own conclusions. You’ll also have visual and critical awareness, as well as an understanding of this complex and ever-changing industry. All of these qualities are valued by a wide range of employers in different sectors.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers as a result. Some of those who have continued with professional practice are working as graphic designers or design assistants at firms including Abercrombie and Fitch, Mothercare, Redface Design, Jacques Vert, DLA Graphics and Jojo Maman Bebe. Others have gone into diverse careers in education, PR, journalism, retail, marketing, costume design, sales and recruitment. Many also progress to postgraduate study.

Student Achievement

Leeds alumna Marie Stenton (BA Textile Design 2013) is one of the winners of the 2015 University of Leeds Business Plan Competition organised by Spark, the University’s business start-up service.

Amy Chen, one of our final year BA Textile Design students, has won one of the five Berkofsky Arts Awards for 2015. The award considers the the creation or dissemination of artwork that will benefit the development of students’ careers in painting, sculpture, drama or music. Read more on our Employability site.

Charlotte Killin – Bradford Textile Society student competition – commendation 2013-14

Jie Fu –Bradford Textile Society student competition – 1st prize winner 2013-14

Study Abroad & Work Placements

Study abroad opportunities

At Leeds you can choose to extend your degree by a year, spending your third year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to build your CV and gain valuable experience of new environments. You could study in a number of overseas universities across Europe, Australia and the US.

Read more about Study Abroad

Work placement opportunities

Every Leeds student can spend a year working in industry after their second year of study. The industrial placement is great for your personal and professional development, and some students have even been offered permanent roles at their placement companies.

Read more about the Year in Industry

Contacts

If you wish to contact the School of Design for more information about the course or to book a department visit, please use the details below:

Please email designundergrad@leeds.ac.uk or phone 44 (0)113 343 3703

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