Learning from expert staff with an extensive range of skills in textile design and manufacture, you’ll also meet many of the leading practitioners from the contemporary textile industry.
You’ll be encouraged to build a network of professional contacts that are relevant to your areas of interest, while work placements, visits to design studios and exhibitions will broaden your experience and help you establish your future career as a textile designer.
Your textile design skills
Follow your creative and professional interests and build a comprehensive skills base in textile design throughout this undergraduate textile design course as you explore and master contemporary and traditional tools, techniques and approaches.
Experiment with print, dye, constructed textiles, drawing, laser cutting and digital design in workshops staffed by skilled technicians. Your studio space will provide the perfect environment to experiment as you develop your practice, building a portfolio of work relevant to the industry in which you want to work.
Your textile design future
As your skills evolve you’ll gain a unique insight into the industry through lectures and workshops with guests like Orla Kiely, Sarah Angold (Sarah Angold Studio), Sally Ann Wood (Cath Kidston) and Margo Selby. Trips to studios and trade fairs in cities such as Paris and New York will expose you to diverse cultural perspectives and influences.
Opportunities for exposure at national and international showcases, contests and events during your degree will give your work a wider audience. In recent years, NUA Textile Design students have celebrated success at the Bradford Textile Society and i-dott Design Competitions.
Graduates work in a broad range of careers including:
Learn a variety of key skills, which may include screen printing, weaving, hand and machine knitting and stitching, digital imaging and printing
Examine the history and theory of textiles, and associated aspects of design and culture
Develop your drawing, visual research and design development skills
Engage with the contemporary textile industry through lectures and seminars from a range of visiting lecturers, visits to trade shows and field trips
Broaden your understanding of traditional techniques and explore advanced applications of digital and CAD tools for design and manufacture
Examine contemporary textile design topics including ethical and sustainability issues
Collaborate with other students on projects exploring a variety of textile-related contexts
Continue your engagement with the textile industry through placements, national competitions, visiting professionals and field trips
Undertake self-negotiated projects offering opportunities to showcase your design and technical skills
Develop a Research Report around a topic of your choice and underpinned by individual studio practice
Consolidate your professional portfolio of work and create promotional material targeted towards future employment and career opportunities
Typical UK offers
A / AS Levels – GCEGCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB, at least one of which must be in an art, design or media related subject. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject
UAL Extended DiplomaMerit
UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignPass
Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMerit
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)Pass
International Baccalaureate DiplomaA minimum of 32 points
NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.
If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.
If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.
We accept qualifications from all over the world, to find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.
Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).
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