BA (Hons) Textile Design


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Program Description


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:

  • Textile Designer
  • Designer Maker
  • Pattern Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Buyer
  • Stylist
  • Materials Producer
  • Interior Designer
  • Researcher
  • Stationery Designer
  • Branding Executive
  • Conservator
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Weaver

Course content

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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

Year 3

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE 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 Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A 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.

International applications

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).

You can email us on if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has established itself in arts, design and media education for over 170 years. But while our history can be traced back to 1845, our outlook is forward-thinking. Read less