Fashion Textiles: Print

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

For a successful career in today’s fashion textiles industry, designers need to be highly creative, cutting-edge and adaptable.

Based in an open studio environment, with your own personal space, our innovative BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print course offers you the freedom to explore print through a wide range of design-led projects. You can combine traditional, hand crafted textile techniques with the latest digital technology.

Our School of Fashion has been ranked in the top 20 by The Guardian's 2017 university league table.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Rochester

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Course overview:

During our BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print course you’ll develop the visual, creative and practical skills you need to work in contemporary practice: your printed designs can be realised as anything from a catwalk collection, fabric design or accessories, through to fashion-led interiors.

With our specialist digital textile lab that has three printers, you’ll have access to high-quality print for a wide variety of fabrics including cottons, silks, wools, synthetics and leathers.

The textiles print room has a dye lab, screen-printing tables, screen separation and preparation, fabric processing and cloth-dying equipment.

Our pattern and production workshops are equipped with Gerber digitised pattern cutting technology, industrial sewing machines and embroidery machines.

With our experienced staff, we’ll train you to achieve professional standards, and you’ll also have the chance to work on live industry projects, as well as work and exhibit internationally.

Our professional links provide you with a well-rounded experience and potential contacts for post-graduation. These range from Alexander McQueen and Peter Pilotto, to Quex Park Museum and Westcott Studios.

Our graduates have gone on to secure positions at many fashion and textile brands such as Jimmy Choo, Monsoon, Beetlejuice, and House of Fraser, working in many key areas including textile design for clothes, CAD design for printed textiles, interior and exterior print applications, design forecasting, and fabrics and print products.

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Course content - 2018 entry

The first year will provide you with a foundation of practical, technical knowledge and a firm grounding in printed textiles techniques, pattern cutting, and proportions of the body, garment construction, silhouette, colour and illustration. As well as an original perspective on mark making, a fresh approach to the inherent and applied qualities of fabric will also be explored.

Your studies will cover:

• Introduction to fashion and printed textile design
• Visual studies, drawing and illustration
• Introduction to digital textile design and production (CAD and CAM)
• Research and cultural studies
• Printing, traditional and digital
• Introduction to garment production
• Seminars, discussion and presentations.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Getting Into Print

    This unit provides you with the foundation of fundamental practical, technical knowledge and the grounding in printed textiles techniques, pattern cutting and research - required both to study on the course and to later embark on your career in the fashion textiles industry.

  • Pattern and Repeat

    We'll introduce you to the exciting creative potential within the structural applications of pattern and repeat in textile design and how these devices can inform your design work. The formal and informal use of repeat, combined with scale and colour, will be explored to create innovative and original design work.

  • Fabulous Technicolour

    This unit examines the introduction and exploration of the digital textile design and production methods (CAD and CAM). The digital manipulation of hand-generated design ideas, ready for digital production, will be explored - as a vehicle to further expand your creative skills. The main focus will be on the examination of how digital design and production methods can enhance and expand your ideas.

  • History and Theory

    A series of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials will establish a foundation for the evaluation and discussion of fashion, dress and textiles in both written and oral form. This unit will draw on seminal works and the latest academic research to explore the production and consumption of fashion and textiles in their historical and theoretical context. This will give you an understanding of the methodology of fashion research for both the historical and recent past.

You'll move away from a staff-led schedule to a more student-directed approach. You'll be encouraged to be increasingly self-motivated and self-reliant, as well as original, and confident in creative risk taking and exploring the exciting range of possibilities for printed textiles.

Your studies will cover:

• Work placement
• Creative design, business practice
• Contemporary fashion and professional practice
• Printed textile design, production techniques, design process and patter cutting
• Research and self critical practice
• Digital printing, silk screen printing and dyeing explored in greater depth
• Collaborative team project with industry partner
• International exchange.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Textiles Futures

    This unit focuses on samples, prints, fabric manipulation swatches and garment ideas, inspired by textile futures and new technology, presented as a cohesive range in a professional format. An imaginative, innovative application of surface pattern to cloth will be encouraged. You'll be asked to research, explore and investigate the way in which advances in fabric technology, fibre construction, products and concepts related to technology might inspire designs for fashion and textiles.

  • Professional Preparation

    In preparation for both your third year and your future career, you'll select one of the following options:

    Option one: Placement - you'll undertake a three to five week self-initiated work placement, relevant to your potential career direction and contributing to the fulfilment of the course aims and objectives.

    Option two: Industry case study - you'll have the opportunity to study an aspect of the industry that especially interests you, through the method of case study research.

  • Modernism and Postmodernism

    After a year of looking at fashion specifically, this unit is devoted to the investigation of a broader spectrum of cultural production. This ensures a thorough understanding of the connection between fashion and culture and the relevance of clothes to modern life.

  • Designs Into Industry

    This unit will focus on the production of a design statement in the development of a capsule collection of printed design ideas for a specific market/company. The unit focuses on a live project scenario in which a selected company profiles, product lines, promotion and branding as well as future markets are researched.

  • Developing Research and Critical Enquiry

    This unit provides space to consider the research and inquiry options available to you in the final year, and evaluate your future direction. Through exploration of a subject area related to either broader contextual issues, or a concern within the industry you aspire to work in, you will develop appropriate research skills applicable to your final year of study.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This is an optional unit that will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

At the final stage of the course, you'll consolidate your acquired knowledge and understanding, enabling you to prepare for professional practice in your chosen career pathway with your final major project.

Your studies will cover:

• Final independent project and dissertation
• External design brief, industry competition and specialist professional practice
• Internal and external exhibition and shows
• Research, design and create a collection, which is presented at either catwalk show or exhibition such as Graduate Fashion Week and New Designers
• Production of a professional portfolio.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Fashion Textiles Print Collection

    Preparation, development and realisation of your final fashion textiles print collection. You'll be provided with the opportunity to begin to define your creative identity as a fashion print designer.

  • Portfolio

    You'll have the chance to demonstrate your individual creative identity, aligned to career aspirations. You'll do this through the production of a professional portfolio, consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired on the course.

  • Option 1: Thesis

    You'll undertake a substantial period of individually-devised research on a subject related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or professional aspirations. This will be applied and presented within a structured written dissertation that conforms to academic conventions.

  • Option 2: Research for Industry

    Provides you with an opportunity to critically reflect on and evaluate your practice, and offers a space to conduct more in-depth research into the specific sector of the industry you aspire to work in.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules


You'll have access to our extensive range of excellent facilities, including: textiles print room facility with a fully equipped dye lab, traditional screen printing tables, screen separation and preparation, fabric processing and cloth dying; digital textiles resource area with the latest digital textile technology; three specialist digital textile printers with dedicated computer software; large and well-equipped pattern and production studios and workshops with Gerber digitized pattern cutting technology, industrial sewing machines and embroidery machines.

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International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We have strong industry connections with a range of leading organisations, including:


  • Alexander McQueen
  • Peter Pilotto
  • Jonathan Saunders
  • Erdem
  • WGSN
  • Tom Cody
  • Keeler Gordon
  • Preen
  • Westcott Studios
  • TO3 Textiles Innovation Centre
  • Ronse, Belgium
  • Cite de la Dentelle et de la Mode Museum, Calais
  • Turner Contemporary
  • Quex Park Museum
  • Eyefix Designs.

Graduates from this course have secured positions at many fashion and textile companies - just a few of them include:

  • Jimmy Choo 
  • Debenhams
  • Skinny Dip
  • The Collection
  • Monsoon
  • Beetlejuice
  • House of Fraser.

Key areas of graduate work include:

  • Textile design for clothes
  • CAD design for printed textiles
  • Fabrics and print products
  • Fashion accessories
  • Interiors and exterior print applications
  • Freelance design or research
  • Design forecasting
  • Entrepreneurship and artists- in-residence.



There's also the opportunity to progress to a postgraduate course at UCA.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

When producing your portfolio, make sure you demonstrate a strong affinity for materials and the application of pattern and colour to a variety of media, supported by a creative approach to drawing and clear evidence of an interest in the historical and contemporary elements that shape and influence the fashion industry.

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