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Textiles BA (Hons)

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.

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. 

2016 UCLan won the Times Hgher Education Award winner for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. 


The Quarter

The Quarter is a dedicated team located in the School of Art, Design and Fashion, representing the School's industry based activities. The team works with businesses who require creative support, to provide opportunities for students to work on live industry projects and long-term industrial placements as part of their degree.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    WWF7

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

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

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

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

 

Late Applications

OUR STRONG 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.

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

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.

EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES

Our extremely close relationships with over 150 global fashion brands means we are able to help students secure placement opportunities at companies like Levis, Burberry, Coast, Reebok, Oasis and M&S.

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

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

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

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.