Fashion Textiles BA (Hons)

UCA Rochester - 2020

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Rochester

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112 UCAS tariff points

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Course overview

Based in an open studio environment, you'll have plenty of space to develop the visual, creative and practical skills needed to work in contemporary practice. 

Our innovative BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles course offers you the freedom to explore print through a wide range of design-led projects. Your printed designs could be realised as anything from a catwalk collection, fabric design or accessories, through to fashion-led interiors and textile art.

You'll have the chance to work on live industry projects with big brand names, as well as exhibiting your work at shows including Graduate Fashion Week and the New Designers Exhibition.

From business acumen to self-promotion, you'll learn how to make a name for yourself in the industry, find work and graduate with a deep understanding of the business of fashion.

You’ll have the chance to work on live industry projects with big brand names, and our professional links range from Alexander McQueen and Peter Pilotto, to Material Lab and Westcott Studios.

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

With our specialist digital textile lab that has four fabric 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 pattern cutting tables, industrial sewing machines and embroidery machines.

Our graduates have gone on to secure positions at many fashion and textile brands such as Jimmy Choo, Monsoon, Debenhams 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, fabrics and print products.

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In your first year, you'll be introduced to fashion and printed textile design, as well as visual studies, drawing and illustration. You'll learn about the exciting possibilities of print through creative studio practice and cultural studies. 

    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.

    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.

    Digital Technicolour
    This unit focuses on the introduction and exploration of digital textile design and production methods CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacture). The digital manipulation of hand generated design ideas ready for digital print production will be explored as you learn how to translate your drawings and paintings into digital formats. You will be encouraged to examine in detail how digital design and production methods can enhance and expand your creative ideas.

    Fashion 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.

  • Year 2

    The second year of the course has an industry-focus with a live project, an industry placement and an opportunity to study abroad. You'll expand your knowledge and skills through more in-depth experimentation in a wide variety of materials, techniques and processes. 

    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.

    Textiles Futures
    The unit focuses on in-depth experimentation with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes as you create a body of samples, prints, fabric innovation samples, fabric manipulation and print swatches, inspired by the idea of “textile futures”, advances in print technology, new fibres, products and concepts related to technology.

    Print Application
    A key focus of the course is to learn how print ideas can be applied to a range of products and contexts. This unit provides a further opportunity to explore the potential of a variety of pattern cutting and making techniques and builds an awareness of how these techniques can enhance your printed textiles work.

    Industry Placement
    The Industry Placement option enables you to undertake a self-initiated work placement that is relevant to your potential career direction and contributes to the fulfilment of the course aims and objectives. 

    Industry Case Study
    The Industry Case Study option offers you the opportunity to study an aspect of the industry that you have identified as an area of interest, through the method of case study research. You will then undertake fieldwork into a self-selected topic or question. Using both primary research (in-depth interviews, observations, visual or audio documentation, questionnaires) and secondary research (historical research, contemporary debates, statistics).

    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. 

    Design Concepts and Contexts
    This unit introduces you to a range of cultural and critical theories and design contexts and concepts that are vital for developing a broader contextual understanding that underpin your main pathway and future contextual studies units. The unit will explore significant movements and moments in the history of design and the arts in order to help students develop a widening appreciation of the aesthetic forces, which shape culture and potentially the student’s own work. 

    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.

  • Year 3

    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.

    Final Major Project
    This unit is about the preparation development and realisation of your final major project. The assignments in this unit are designed to prepare you by consolidating knowledge acquired during the previous two years. You are provided with the opportunity to begin to define your creative identity as a designer. The unit provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to manage your independent project efficiently and in a professional manner. Research activity into a range of ideas related to your chosen project theme may involve working with a company sponsor.

    Professional Portfolio
    The Professional Portfolio unit provides the opportunity to demonstrate your individual creative identity, aligned to your career aspirations. The vehicle for doing this is through the production of a professional portfolio, consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired on the course. The Professional Portfolio will typically consist of art work, design work, fabric samples, fabric/paper textile collections, swatches, illustration and photographs which show your final collection in the best light possible. You will be asked to consider the importance of creating an on-line presence to promote and showcase your work to the industry.  This may also include final collection work and live project/ competition work

    This unit consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/ or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

  • Study abroad

    This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.


The excellent facilities include: textiles print room facility with a fully equipped dye lab, traditional screen printing tables, fabric processing and cloth dying; digital textiles resource area; three specialist digital textile printers; 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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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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.
  • Careers

    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. 
  • Further study

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


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If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline is 15 January. If you are applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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

One of the following:

  • 112 new 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, see more information about IB entry requirements.

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.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. 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. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you apply.

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