'Made In Britain' is a label sought after throughout the world. The UK textile industry offers graduates an opportunity to work with businesses that range from fashion to interiors.
This course is perfect for you if you have a love of colour, pattern, texture, fabric, materials, surface design, making, decorative drawing, decoration, constructing, manipulating, and practical engagement.
Textiles is a huge global industry that constantly surrounds us, on floors, walls, furniture, clothing & fashion, gift-wrap, cards, and even car interiors. It is one of the largest design skill sets used globally.
In this course, you’ll learn practical, professional and entrepreneurial skills that equip you to work as part of a team, or even set up your own business in textiles.
You’ll study textiles in their widest sense and learn many skills, from print, stitch embellishment to dyeing and mixed media construction. You’ll have the opportunity to focus on a variety of specialist areas, including textiles for fashion, textiles for interiors and textiles for design/crafts.
Traditional skills are taught together with expertise in modern design development, production, and contemporary invention. Whether you go on to work for a retail brand or an international design house, we will prepare you for the challenges that the creative textile industry holds.
We've also formed an AUB textiles Agency to promote student work at Premiere Vision Paris and London Print Textile Trade Fairs. Students have engaged with industry – experiencing how the business buys and sells textiles.
Course duration: 3-years (full-time)
UCAS course code: W236
UCAS institution code: A66
Level 4 (first year)
Your first year provides you with a sound practical base for the study of the subject, contextualised by parallel study of aspects of contemporary, historical and visual culture.
Projects, lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, visits, case studies, guided reading and tutorials will be used to disseminate information and develop the necessary skills. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn through experimentation and discovery, and develop skills within a personal context.
You’ll be introduced to a variety of applications and to the fundamentals of critical theory and professional studies that will underpin your knowledge of textiles and their design, production and creative usage.
Work placements are run during the end of the first year of study, for a minimum of ten days and up to a maximum of one month. On your return, you’ll present a report based on your experience.
Previous placements obtained by students:
Matthew Williamson Fashion
Mary Kantranzou Fashion
Mirijam Rouden Fashion designs/print
Ralph & Russo Couture embroidery
Mollie Regan Textiles Couture Hand embroidery
Peter Pillotto Fashion
Tatty Devine Accessories
Custholm Wallpapers and interiors
Alexander McQueen Fashion
Zandra Rhodes Printed textiles/fashion
Timerous Beasties Wallpapers
Bay and Brown Interior Print
Julien Macdonald Fashion
Mina Perhoven Fashion print
Fat Face Fashion
House of Holland Interiors
Designers Guild Interiors
Kit Miles Interiors
Jane Bowler Fashion
Level 5 (second year)
Your second year will focus on your individual interests and ensure that your professional and technical skills mature through the first-hand experience with industry specialists.
The units anticipate that you will be able to apply the knowledge, concepts and skills addressed in your second year to fully exploit the range of opportunities for your personal creative development.
You’ll work with fellow students on live industry briefs and enter major national and international competitions.
Previous briefs have included: Hand and Lock, live fashion studio briefs Style Council NY, and live Gallery briefs.
Level 6 (third year)
Your third year allows you to refine your existing creative practice, develop your skills and reflect upon your experience and direction formed from the previous study.
The course nurtures students to develop into original, mature and autonomous textile practitioners, encouraging them to lead rather than respond to industry trends.
The integration of theory and practice is promoted and reinforced through a team-teaching approach. Lectures, seminars and tutorials may be delivered by team members, as appropriate, in the creative environment of the studio.
You’ll be encouraged to formulate and identify your particular skills and potential. Risk and ambition within the field will be crucial to your individual development. Intellectual and academic integrity will be further encouraged, both through written content and ‘thinking through practice’.
External experiences are highly prized throughout, from course trips to textile trade shows e.g. Premiere Vision Paris to New York visits to London exhibitions e.g. New Designers, Islington.
This year also focuses on employability, building professional portfolios and gives students the opportunity to participate in mock interviews.
All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons); however, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you will automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.
For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.
For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.
For the award of a BA (Hons), you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.
A BA without Honours may be awarded if you have achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.
How to apply
Once you've found the perfect Undergraduate course, you can apply to study via UCAS, including direct entry applications to second and third year.
When applying through UCAS, use the institution code A66. All of our courses take place on one site, so we don't have a campus code. We'll then use your completed UCAS form to make decisions about your application. You can find out more about entry requirements in our application section.
When you apply to one of our courses, it's important that you help us get a good picture of both you and your work – so you'll need a great personal statement. We want to know more about why you're interested in the course, your key influences, and what you hope to do after your studies.
If you're invited for an interview, many of our courses will ask you to see a portfolio of your work so we can get more insight into your ideas and abilities. To help you, we've created guidelines outlining what we expect from your portfolio for each course.
You will be expected to show a real commitment to and enthusiasm for this subject. A lively interest in colour, surface, texture and drawing should be displayed, with a developed understanding of contemporary textiles and their usage. General awareness of contemporary art and design is also desirable.
We look for enthusiasm, creativity and a fascination with all things fabric, together with a willingness to learn and to engage with others.
Check our gallery section and watch the video providing top tips on how to prepare your portfolio.
Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distance, we will not be able to offer on-campus interviews to applicants this cycle. For courses that require a portfolio review or an audition, the Admissions team will be in touch with you and request a digital portfolio or audition.
We will hold Offer Holder days in Spring and invite applicants to visit the campus and meet the course team, or if you are unable to visit us you will be able to attend a virtual Offer Holder Day.
Evidence of a love for colour, pattern, texture and drawing, your portfolio might include the following; textual surfaces, colour photography, paper and fabric construction and experimentation.
Your portfolio should show examples of drawing and sketchbooks which demonstrate good use of colour and mixed media. Evidence of textile work is an advantage but not a necessity as we teach all the fundamental requirements of the discipline during the first year.
Drawing skills such as; mark-making, colour collage and manipulation of surface design are also preferred. Textiles work from the previous study is good, although not necessary, your ability to apply your experience from other disciplines is just as important.
Listed below is some guidance to help you when you are collecting your work together. Please regard this list as a general guide rather than specific requirements.
Please bring no more than 20 to 25 pieces of work.
Textile/mixed media colour and surface investigations. (Minimum 10)
General drawing, observation and life drawing showing the use of different media and colour (5 sheets)
Research and sketchbooks (maximum of 3)
Practical textile work, including collage, print, stitch, manipulation of materials and final outcomes.
Written work from your current or previous course - e.g. essay related to Textile / Fashion design history or a contemporary design issue.
Please note the portfolio is your opportunity to show a variety of your work and skills. We want to see evidence of creativity, a commitment to studying textiles and enthusiasm for the subject (even if you have not studied the subject before) and originality. Make sure that you choose pieces that you can talk about and which illustrate any of the above.
Tips for digital portfolios
Universities interviewing for creative courses will expect to be presented with a portfolio to help them understand your ability and range of work. Your portfolio could be your golden ticket into receiving an offer so making sure it’s presentable, well-organised and accessible is essential.
Fees and Funding
The fee that you pay the Arts University Bournemouth provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course.
You may also choose to buy some items of personal equipment such as a laptop or tablet computer, but this is not required; desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.
Previous AUB Textiles graduates now have careers in the following:
Textile Print designers for fashion and interiors – Topshop, Blendworth Interiors, Victoria Beckham, Bay & Brown textile print and Alexander McQueen.
Embroidery designers – Ralph and Russo, Hand & Lock, Pretty Green
Trends – WGSN
Freelance designers and Self employed -Sharon Marston Lighting, MOOD, Mixmag, NEC
Design collection of interior fabrics and products sales to Liberty’s, Heals London
Post Grad. Internships – Hand & Lock, WGSN, Sandersons’s, Next etc
PGCE’s and art/textiles teachers.
Visual merchandisers & buyers – for fashion/interiors e.g. (Ikea, House of Fraser)
Textile Designers – Working within other disciplines e.g. Clarkes shoes, Rolls Royce, McLarens cars, Declux
Graphic Designers – Spec Saver, Clarkes Shoes
MA’s, PHD’s – Royal College of Art, Glasgow, Gottenburg, Kolding University Dk