BA(Hons) in Textile Design


Program Description

On our textile design course, you’ll be part of a vibrant, supportive community of multidisciplinary textile designers and makers. You’ll discover how to create sustainable designs for a range of outcomes, and take creative risks.


Blending studio work with professional practice, you’ll develop your understanding of the textiles industry while perfecting a range of techniques in our well-equipped, purpose-built studios. With opportunities to visit international trade fairs and exhibit work in a final year show, you’ll graduate as a confident, industry-ready textile designer.

You will:

  • Learn essential skills within woven, printed and mixed-media textiles, with sustainability embedded throughout. 
  • Embrace artisanal, traditional techniques and digital design and production techniques in our well-equipped studios and workshops. 
  • Work to live briefs set by renowned companies such as Circleline, Envisage, Joules, RareThread and Wallace Sewell. 
  • Be encouraged to enter international competitions such as the Bradford Textile Society, Hand & Lock, i-dott and SDC (Society of Dyers & Colourists). 
  • Have the opportunity to travel to Paris for Première Vision, the International Textile and Trend Forecasting Show.  
  • Exhibit your final year’s work in our degree show and have the chance to be selected for New Designers, London. 

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Has a range of either completed work from organised projects, or independent studio work development.
  • Shows skills in design communication, problem-solving and drawing.
  • Can think critically and develop ideas.
  • Demonstrates visual investigation through techniques like drawing, mark-making, image manipulation and pattern.
  • Combines conceptual thinking and practical skills.
  • Knows about textile design practitioners, and how creative professionals have influenced their own work.
  • Can verbally express ideas, discuss work, and talk about project strengths and weaknesses.

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What you'll learn

Through this career-focused textile design course, you’ll learn about technical process and production alongside environmental and sustainability issues surrounding the textile industry. You’ll learn how to design and make woven, printed and mixed media textiles for a broad range of outcomes, including fashion, interiors and one-off artefact. Preparing for your career, you’ll also learn how to innovate and take creative risks, communicate professionally, network and approach potential employers. 

Year one

You’ll learn professional production processes in weave, print and mixed media. This will be backed up by intensive conceptual research alongside cultural studies lectures, drawing sessions, and tutorials with peers and academic staff. Building on essential knowledge and skills, you’ll create your own design collection in the textile process of your choice.


  • Core Skills: Print
  • Core Skills: Weave
  • Core Skills: Mixed Media
  • Themes in Culture
  • Design and Make

Year two

Along with the help and insights of our industry partners, you’ll learn the realities of designing for business. In the second year of your Textile Design degree, we’ll explore marketing basics, working techniques, trend forecasting, innovation, and career opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to take on self-directed national and international work placements with companies like Wallace Sewell, Liberty and Rebecca Taylor (New York). We encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations where possible in order to build positive relationships across the university and to create fully resolved pieces of work. 

Choosing a textile process to focus on for the rest of the course, you’ll design and create textiles for national and international competitions, and briefs set by industry clients. You’ll then present your work to your clients in a real-life simulation of industry practice.


  • Targeted Design: Futures
  • Targeted Design: Client & Market
  • Production
  • Theories of Culture
  • Optional modules
    • External Engagement
    • Global Fashion

Year three

As well as writing your dissertation, you’ll create your own studio briefs in order to design and produce original textiles. This usually (but not exclusively) takes the form of collections of samples. You’ll also put together your professional portfolio and other self-promotional materials, and have the chance to take part in the New Designers exhibition in London.


  • Dissertation
  • Professional Portfolio: Business Focus
  • Professional Portfolio: Career Focus

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

This course blends studio work with professional practice. You’ll learn through workshop-based studio modules, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and advanced workshops in certain disciplines. There may also be opportunities to visit major trade fairs like Première Vision in Paris.

Assessment methods

Submitted project work will be assessed against the learning outcomes of each brief. Occasionally you will formally present your work to tutors as part of the assessment.

Self-assessment and peer assessment will be used to develop your ability to critically evaluate your own work and that of others.

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and portfolio
  • Dissertation or final-year project


You’ll be taught by a team of industry professionals and technical instructors, bringing experience in areas like weave, contemporary culture, fashion and interiors, public exhibitions, national and international research projects, and writing textile design books.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.


  • Weave facility featuring handlooms and a computer-controlled power jacquard loom.
  • Industrial and digital embroidery machinery.
  • Digital and traditional screen-printing facilities.
  • Dye lab.
  • Laser cutting equipment.
  • Open-plan design studios.
  • Workshops dedicated to dyeing and manual printing.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: W230

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.


  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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