Develop your own unique style and bring your designs to life with our BA (Hons) in Textile Design. With a focus on craftsmanship and innovation, this course will enable you to develop hands-on skills and equip you to be a successful designer. If you want to make your mark on the textile industry, this course can help get you there.
Benefit from our state-of-the-art Red Shed facilities and experienced lecturers to help you create your designs and creative ideas. As well as this, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with designers through work placements and guest workshops.
Why study this subject?
The creative world is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Did you know, the creative industries contribute over £92billlion (gov.uk DCMS 2017) to the UK economy every year? And the fashion and textiles industry is one of the largest sectors in the UK.
Textiles are everywhere; they are the very fabric of our everyday environment, so why not learn how to design them? Providing us with identity, comfort and shelter, textiles are the material that we have our closest relationships with, literally clothing our bodies from head to toe, or surrounding our homes with stimulating colour and tactility.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, BNU is the perfect place to start your creative career.
We’ll make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in Textile Design through our focus on craftsmanship and skills so you can graduate with a robust understanding of the sector.
We’re only 30 minutes by train into London, one of the world’s fashion capitals and well known for spawning innovation and talent. What’s more, our experienced and specialist team of lecturers are experienced designers, current industry practitioners and researchers.
With our strong links with the textile industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, masterclasses and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to get noticed at our London degree show and take part in our annual art and design show. We’ll also provide you with the chance to enter industry competitions.
As well as working on your own briefs, you’ll be able to work on industry-based projects with leading designers which will help you develop ideas into textiles and textile products. We have industry collaborations with brands like Dulux, Gerflor, Tengri, Jane Bowler, Bradford Textiles, Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, The Arts Society and The Society of Dyers and Colourists.
Acting practitioners regularly work with us as associate lecturers to enable students to fully develop their projects and ideas whilst injecting industry standard practices and experiences. Regular guest lectures from industry professionals support this further, examples of invited guest lecturers include Laura Perryman, Marianne Shillingford – Creative Director of Dulux, WGSN, Craig Green, Christopher Raeburn, Alice Wilby, Oliver Heath and Rowan Mersh.
We were recently selected as one of only five UK institutions to take part in the UK Fashion and Textile Association’s (UKFT) ‘MADE IT’ programme, 20/21.
Being one of just five selected universities for the MADE IT project led by UKFT highlights how Buckinghamshire New University are developing industry ready skills in our Fashion Design students. Brigitte Stockton, Course Leader.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve spent a lot of love and care making the ‘Red Shed’ workshop the perfect creative space and one of the best-equipped workshops in the country.
With your own personal workspace, you’ll benefit from being part of our vibrant and dynamic design studio community.
You’ll be working on industry standard equipment, learning latest techniques and future focused methods of fashion craftsmanship. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software.
In our workshops, you’ll receive one-to-one teaching, working closely with lecturers, specialist technicians and alongside fellow students.
What will I study?
On this course you’ll explore three main textile design practices – print, knit and surface design. In order to create innovative designs you’ll learn to work with many different types of material and techniques, from traditional fabrics to contemporary technologies. From interior surfaces to luxury fashion accessories, you’ll gain an understanding of the professional context and practice of textile design.
We put a strong emphasis on career, designer identity and industry in the course curriculum. For example, we hold regular careers and employability talks from a number of eminent guest speakers in the PR, automotive, fashion, interiors, accessories and colour industries as well as workshops on CV writing. You’ll graduate with a professional portfolio, an authentic digital profile, industry familiarity and impressive presentation skills.
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