Reasons to study Textile Design BA (Hons) at DMU:
- 100% overall student satisfaction
with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2018
- Develop a broad range of design practice skills and informed practice
across print, mixed media, knit and woven textiles
- Gain confidence and employability skills
with access to industry partners and visiting lecturers
- Advance your industry understanding
through designing branding and promotional packages
- Work placements
are offered as part of this course and a great opportunity to boost your skills and experience while studying
- Aston Martin, Timberland, Jigsaw, Zoffany, Arcadia Group and Next
are some of the diverse and creative jobs that our graduates have gone onto
- 100% of our Textile Design
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- The new Vijay Patel Building
has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
- Core workshop materials
available at no cost to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
- Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300
for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*
The Textile Design BA (Hons) covers an extensive programme of study, which instills relevant knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a practicing designer in a global market. The curriculum responds to a diverse range of employment opportunities and the need to be relevant in a varied and changing industry.
All students share the first year where you will develop your drawing and design skills, alongside enabling you to learn how to develop concepts and understand the context in which you design. You have the opportunity to experience all four specialist areas of print, weave, knit and Mixed media. In these you will use the associated equipment and technologies on offer which will enable you to make an informed decision about the pathway you will choose for your second and third year.
In year two, you will explore concept development, specialist technical knowledge, analyse and evaluate a wide range of information, develop design collections for both fashion and interiors and work with live briefs from both fashion and interior industry, demonstrating the ability to generate innovation and design outcomes within your specialism.
The final year encourages you to discover your own personal design identity.
Teaching is centered within group tutorials, one to one tutorials and smaller workshop activities. We actively support research and innovation so you can demonstrate the skills you have gained. We encourage you to have the confidence to ask questions, experiment, and utilise the expertise and specialised skills that staff and visiting lecturers have to offer.
Mixed Media Textiles pathway: This pathway focuses on creating contemporary, innovative collections of textiles and products for interiors and fashion. You will use processes such as Cornelli and Irish stitch (hand, machine and digital), fabric manipulation, sculptural textile construction and embellishment.
Printed Textiles pathway: This pathway translates imagery onto textile surfaces for both fashion and interior markets. You will explore inventive use of screen printing and dyeing processes. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of Devore, discharge, acid and reactive printing, flocking, foiling and digital printing.
Constructed Textiles pathway: You will focus on woven and knitted textile design for fashion and interior markets. You will develop innovative collections through your use of yarn, fibres and dyeing and explore structure to its fullest extent.
In knit you will gain experience in the use of domestic knitting machines through to Dubieds V-bed hand knitting machines in various gauges, and you will be introduced to the latest Shima Seiki industrial compact knitting machine.
In weave you will gain experience in the table top handlooms.
You will also learn the full technical process of planning a warp and setting up the loom, progressing on to Dobby looms and Jacquard weaving.
Structure and assessment
- Visual Enquiry
- Textile Design Rotation
- Textile Contexts
- Design Cultures
- Technical Block
- Live Project
- Textile Visions
- Design Cultures 2
- Final Major Project by Practice
- Final Major Project by Dissertation
- Professional Practice
- Design Cultures 3
Teaching and assessments
This includes lectures, demonstrations, individual and group tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, critical reviews, presentations and self-directed studio practice.
Each year you will participate in various national and international competitions such as the Hand and Lock, Hallmark cards and New York SURTEX Exhibition Design competition. Students regularly win awards at New Designers. Their work has also been exhibited in showcases such as The Discerning Eye, and selected for Licentiates with the Society of Designer Craftsmen, One Year On and Graduate Showcase with the Embroiderers Guild.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 19 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 22 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.
Facilities and features
Art and design facilities
You will share a lively studio area which is used for drawing and painting. There is a digital fabric print facility, a CAD area and open access to sewing machines, paper-making, felt making, batik and tapestry-weaving facilities. The course also has a large print room with extensive facilities for dyeing and printing.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.
We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your and you interests and aspirations.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Opportunities include freelance designer/maker, designer for industry, buying and production, gallery exhibitions, private and public commission work, demonstrators, art therapy, gallery and retail opportunities and teaching.
Graduates work for companies such as Hallmark, George, Lucy Woodhouse Studio, Gilbey and Cheyne, Tiger Print, Osborne & Little, H&M and Warner Fabrics.