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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: By negotiation with the course leader

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WWF7; Short form: BA/Tex

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you’re inspired by the work of textile artists like Orla Kiely and Michael Brennand-Wood, this course will help will you develop a design identity that’s just as unique, individual and commercial. We challenge our students to look at textile craft in new ways, experimenting with surfaces, form and function to create really exciting, innovative textiles.

By taking traditional techniques like basketry, felt, print, dye, knit and stitch and interpreting them using unexpected technologies and materials, you’ll create fresh designs that are ahead of the curve.

Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate with 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs 5 at grade C inc Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

All applicants are invited to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be notified of your date for your Selection Day by our Admissions Office who will also update UCAS Track with details of your application.

Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

Open Day (Saturday 18 November 2017) - Register Now

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Textiles 1
  • Creative Thinking
  • Historical Contextual Studies
  • Drawing for Textiles

Year 2

  • Surface Design
  • Mixed Media Textiles
  • Textiles 2
  • Contemporary Contextual Studies 
  • Experiencing the Workplace


Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • Textiles 3
  • Professional Practice and Business Awareness
  • Contextual Studies – Design Futures


Further Information

BA (Hons) Textiles challenges you to look at textile craft in a new way. Students apply creative thinking to the development of new and innovative 2D and 3D textiles. We teach many traditional techniques, including felt, print, dye, knit and stitch but encourage you to interpret them, using unexpected technologies, new technologies and materials. You will also learn digital skills to enable you to access a range of new technology including digital textile print, digital embroidery, laser cutting, etc.

On this course you will enjoy 'hands on' manipulation of surfaces, materials and form. Initially you will be expected to play with ideas and materials; experiment with image, pattern, texture, colour and structure. Over the degree, you will develop your skills as a designer and maker. You will evolve a design identity that is unique and original, enabling you to work successfully in contemporary professional practice as a textile artist or for industry.

You will develop your creative thinking skills, learn a wide range of basic textile techniques and learn the history of design and textiles. You further develop and focus your textile skill base, enhanced by an introduction to surface design and mixed media textiles. You will learn about contemporary textile design and begin to contextualise your own design work with live project briefs and competitions. You’ll also be involved in work shadowing and placement as part of your second year 'Experiencing the workplace' module. You will develop a professional body of work, write your own project briefs, explore future contexts and study professional practice. 


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

As well as learning from tutors with many years’ experience in industry, you’ll benefit from the experience and wisdom of visiting makers, consultants and designers. We’ve got well-established links with the creative industries and run live project briefs assessed by leading lights in textiles and home wares. Links include Typhoon, Tigerprint, Standfast and Barracks.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Project briefs are used to introduce assignments and in addition, there are supporting lectures, demonstrations, seminars and tutorials. There is a programme of visiting makers, consultants and designers.

You will be assessed solely on your coursework, primarily practical textile design and craft work, and at the end of your final year, you will stage a professional exhibition of your work. Some modules involve the assessment of written work.


This course is a great starting point for a career in; surface pattern design, textile interior design or as a designer-maker. It could also see you earning a living in printmaking, illustration, retail buying, teaching and museum conservation.

It places a strong emphasis on employability and you’ll be encouraged to find work experience opportunities to boost your portfolio. You’ll enjoy opportunities to prepare for a career on an international stage - either by studying abroad or on an international study visit.


With our state of the art facilities you will have access to computers, textile and other workshops to help bring your visions to reality.