Textile Design

Textile Design BA (Hons)

Rug tufting facilityIf 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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fashion at UCLan is ranked in the TOP 100 of the Best Fashion Schools in the World for 2020 (CEOWORLD Magazine)
  • Fashion and Textiles at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 10 (number 8) according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Our close relationships with over 150 global fashion brands means we can help students secure placements at companies like Levis, Burberry, Coast, Reebok, Oasis and M&S.
  • You will have access to our state-of-the-art textile workshops, knit studios and production rooms with supervision and support from the specialist technicians.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Textiles 1
  • Creative Thinking
  • Design: Culture and Society 1
  • Drawing for Textiles

Year 2

  • Surface Design
  • Mixed Media Textiles
  • Textiles 2
  • Design: Culture and Society 2
  • Experiencing the Workplace


Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • Textiles 3
  • Professional Practice and Business Awareness
  • Design: Culture and Society 3


More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 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 - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 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

Applicants are required to attend a Selection Day when they will be interviewed with a portfolio. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event. Further information on our Selection Day and portfolio interviews.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

Fashion degree show

Fashion and Textiles Virtual Degree Show

Welcome to UCLan's first Fashion and Textiles Virtual Degree Show, where we will be showcasing the talents of our final year students’ Degree Show projects. Please join us as we celebrate the work of the Class of 2020.

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Why Study this course?

BA (Hons) Textile Design 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.

Student work

Printed textiles

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.

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Digital Print Studio

PR1 Gallery

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Art and Design Saturday Club

After a successful and creative start to UCLan’s Art and Design Saturday Club (part of the National Saturday Club), we are now taking a break before we start again in September. Register your interest if you wish to take part in the next academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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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.


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.

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Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.