Why study this course?
Our Fashion Textiles (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is designed to help you build a portfolio and make more informed decisions about your work. The imaginative teaching approach will help you explore your aptitude and potential.
This course is an alternative route into higher education – ideal if you can’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year course. On graduation you’ll also receive the same award and title as students on the three-year course.
We’re also ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK for art according to the Guardian university league tables 2022.
More about this course
Our four-year degree in fashion textiles has a built-in preparatory year, which, through its exciting and imaginative approach to teaching, will help you discover your potential within different creative practices offered in our School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Your foundation year will be shared with others studying a degree with a foundation year in the School and you’ll develop a range of skills that will be related to a range of our undergraduate programmes.
In the first term you’ll take on a range of short studio projects in visual imagery and making, followed by short-term projects in the second semester where you will be able to begin to specialise in textiles or further explore different creative practices. The individual project in your third term will be more closely aligned to your final BA award.
The foundation year will offer a balance of studio and workshop practice with lectures in critical and contextual studies, which will frame creative practice in historical, contemporary and cultural discourse. In those lectures and seminars you’ll find an emphasis on a thorough engagement with materials, forms and processes combine with intellectual skills, such as observation, analysis, discrimination, innovation and creativity. The programme will encourage personal research, exploration and development as a means to your bring individual interests and styles to creative practice.
The subsequent three years of your studies will be shared with students on the standard course. To find out more about the content you’ll study please visit our Fashion Textiles BA (Hons) course page.
During the foundation year you’ll be assessed via project work, essays and an individual portfolio. In the subsequent three years of your degree we’ll assess you via formative, summative, diagnostic, peer and self-assessment methods, as well as your studio work, digital projects and workshops.
Where this course can take you
On graduation from this four-year course you’ll be ready to take on multiple roles on the creative side of the industry. This includes roles such as:
- clothing or textile technologist
- colour technologist
- fashion designer
- freelance textile artist
- quality assurance inspector for textiles
- product developer for interior design
- textile designer
What is a degree with a foundation year at the School of Art, Architecture and Design?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). A foundation year in our School of Art, Architecture and Design is the starting point for many of our art, architecture and design students and acts as an introduction to the wide range of creative practices explored within the University. You may join us with a clear idea of the subject you intend to study or you may use it as an opportunity to explore a number of different directions or experiment with your creativity. A foundation year degree is also a great choice if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.