BA Textile Design
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This 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 Russell Group university that gives you a solid academic grounding to put your work into context – gaining professional skills that will really appeal to employers.
Core modules will introduce you to the principles of design, while you explore fundamental aspects of textile design. You’ll also gain insight into the historical and cultural contexts of the field of design, and textile design in particular. As you progress you’ll specialise in either structured textiles, including knitted, woven, stitched and manipulated textiles, or digital textiles, where you’ll explore surface pattern for textiles, wall coverings and other surfaces. In each pathway you’ll have the opportunity to work on designs for fashion or interiors.
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.
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, woven, stitched or manipulated 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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Fundamentals of Imaging 20 credits
- Design for Textiles 1B 20 credits
- Design for Textiles 1C 20 credits
- Material Culture and Mass Consumption 20 credits
- Design History: 1900 to the Present day 10 credits
- Green Design and Sustainability 10 credits
- Patterns and Culture 10 credits
- Colour and the Design Process 10 credits
- Fashion Brand Analysis 10 credits
- Technologies for Art and Design 10 credits
- Research Methods 1: Finding and Using Research Resources 10 credits
- Research Methods 2: Research, Writing and Dissertation 10 credits
- Marketing Creativity and Innovation 20 credits
- Design for Textiles 2A 20 credits
- Design for Textiles: Specialisms 20 credits
- Contemporary Art and Memory 10 credits
- Eco-Design: Understanding Design's Role in Global Ecology 10 credits
- Design for Sports and Performance Clothing 10 credits
- Colour: Art and Science 10 credits
- 20th Century Fashion 10 credits
- Design for Textiles 3: Visual Research and Analysis 20 credits
- Design For Textiles 3: Critical Studio Journal 10 credits
- Design for Textiles 3 - Specialisms 30 credits
- Independent Study Dissertation 40 credits
- Fashion Styling and Photography 20 credits
- Collaborative Marketing and Promotion 20 credits
- Computer Aided Design and Professional Design Presentation 20 credits
- Information Design 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
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.
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, Chanel, Cosmopolitan, Alexander McQueen and Sibling. Others have gone into diverse careers in education, PR, journalism, retail, marketing, costume design, sales and recruitment. Many also progress to postgraduate study.
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 creation or dissemination of artwork that will benefit the development of students’ careers in painting, sculpture, drama or music.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
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.