Ellen Savage, BA (Hons) Textile Design, UCA Farnham

Textile Design BA (Hons)

Textile Design BA (Hons)

Course overview

Do you have a passion for designing and making? For colour? For experimenting with materials? Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree at UCA Farnham will give you the freedom to indulge in those passions and make textiles for a range of purposes.

On this course, you’ll work with experienced academics, technical staff and visiting lecturers, drawing on a wealth of knowledge and skill as you explore and refine your own craft. You’ll work on real-world collaborations, projects and exhibitions, with an opportunity to undertake a work placement.

Along the way, you’ll learn traditional skills through a combination of experimental craft techniques as you make textiles for art, architecture, fashion, interiors, lifestyle and luxury.

As you work, you'll have access to a range of textile equipment, as well as yarn and cloth dyeing labs, chemical mixing rooms and specialist finishing areas.

Our graduates have gone on to work for high profile designers and manufacturers including Burberry, Paul Smith, Jaeger, Zoffany and David Linley. Some have set up their own businesses and become designer-makers, textile artists, academics and researchers.

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Length of study 3 years full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W234
Course details

Course details

In the first year, you'll learn new design and technical skills which enable you to create original textiles from scratch. Practical skills include a series of workshops and inductions in drawing and mark-making, colour origination, materials, processes, techniques in print/surface and weave/constructed. Sustainable practice will be introduced and continued throughout each stage of the course. Complemented by contextual studies units introducing you to the theory side of art, crafts and design.

Textile Practice Process 1
You’ll also be introduced to fundamental skills and knowledge that provides the subject learning foundation to inform your design and making process. You’ll be introduced to the act of making as a key skill and means of experimental research through the exploration of materials and processes.

Contextual Studies 1
Through a series of illustrated lectures and seminars, the unit will explore a range of theoretical and practice-based positions in order to demonstrate the rich diversity of existing approaches to crafts and design, and to consider specific aesthetic decisions in relation to their contexts.

Textile Practice Process 2
The purpose of this unit is to extend existing and develop new material knowledge and process skills, covering research, idea generation, conceptualisation, iterative exploration, design development, documentation, evaluation, resolution and communication through your individual responses to project briefs.

Textile Practice Process 3
Consolidating competency in the range of skills previously developed, and acquiring new skills that support increasingly confident and accomplished responses to more complex project briefs, is the aim of this unit in preparation for your second year of study. You'll extend your understanding of the subject context for your work and begin to explore a relevant textile focus.

In your second year, you'll continue to develop your practical and design skills through further exploration. You'll start to discover your style and establish your own creative vocabulary and individual design identity. To stretch your concepts and enhance your skills and professional development, you'll have the opportunity to take part in industry live competitions, a work placement and a study abroad year.

Textile Practice Exploration 1
The purpose of this unit is for you to start developing and exploring your individual design identity and interest. This is undertaken through engagement with conceptually-led textile project brief(s) including where possible, live projects, collaborations, competitions and placement to link with industry.

Contextual Studies 2
Objects and environments are fundamental to our understanding of the world. The purpose of this unit is to introduce a range of contexts demonstrating the importance of meaning, and the ways this meaning can be used to create and express value within crafts and design practices. The things we make and use have ‘lives’ - they are conceived, designed and produced through chosen materials and processes before being mediated in public and often experienced and consumed privately.

Textile Practice Exploration 2
You’ll extend and further develop individual design identity and interest through briefs which incorporate all stages of the design process from beginning to resolution and include live projects, collaborations, competitions and placement where possible. You are encouraged to actively explore contrasts of approach to test your individual identity and project outcome/s.

Textile Practice Exploration 3
You’ll be encouraged to develop and refine your individual practice approaches to research, designing and making and refining your outcome as you begin to identify potential areas of interest for further pursuit in third year study.

In your final year, we will support you to self-direct your own research. You'll develop, edit and curate a substantial body of textile work for your portfolio, while establishing an individual practice towards your future career/profession. You will finish the year by managing and participating in a public exhibition.

Textile Practice Portfolio
Our Professional Practice unit primes you in readiness for constructive engagement with your future prospects upon graduation. You’ll have a series of informative talks, seminars and lectures delivered from careers and industry specialists and professional practitioners. This unit helps to facilitate the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or your career destination. You’ll be required to curate a bespoke, purposeful and future-facing portfolio that reflects your individual interest towards your future career/profession.

Textile Practice Position 1
The purpose of this unit is for you to commence framing an individual textile practice position, via one of two routes – research/exploratory prototyping, or testing research to resolution.

Contextual Studies 3
You’ll conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research. This research will informs, augments and reflect upon your practice, will critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and will serve to support the positioning of your practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.

Textile Practice Position 2
You’ll initiate your own individual final major project for your portfolio and Graduate Show and an optional public exhibition (New Designers).

Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).

This optional year is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:


Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


As well as dedicated studio spaces we have - three, 9m long screen-printing tables; individual dyeing labs; materials exploration area; Indigo vat and rust dyeing space; chemical mixing rooms and finishing areas with industrial steamers, baking cabinet and heat presses; computerised and George Wood Dobby looms, Countermarch and table looms; industrial cone and skein winders and frames for finishing woven textiles; well stocked cloth and yarn shops; access to specialist facilities across the School of Craft and Design.


Textiles Print studios, UCA Farnham


Textiles Weave studios, UCA Farnham


Textiles studios, UCA Farnham


Textiles dye lab for weave, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

We have strong industry connections with many leading names in the sector – our students have undertaken work placements and/or secured rewarding careers with, for example:

  • Ben Sherman Design
  • Courtaulds Textiles
  • Colefax and Fowler
  • David Linley
  • Debenhams Design Department
  • Dedar
  • Esquel Apparel Ltd
  • Ivo Prints
  • Jaeger
  • John Lewis Design Studio
  • Ratti Spa Design Studio Italy
  • Sandersons UK Designer Fabric and Wallpaper
  • Sacho Hesslein Museum
  • Savoir Beds, Mayfair
  • Zoffany Fabrics
  • Royal Opera House
  • Textile and Fashion Museum
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Mirjam Rouden
  • Paul Smith
  • Margo Selby Designers
  • Christopher Farr Design Studio
  • Keeler Gordan Design Studio
  • LK Bennett Design Studio
  • Westcott Design Studio
  • V&A Museum
  • The Contemporary Arts Gallery, London.

Our Textile Design degree offers you a springboard into a diverse range of career paths. Recent graduates have secured roles as:

  • Print designers
  • Fabric technologists
  • Public art practitioners
  • Weave interior fabric designers
  • Fabric and accessories coordinators
  • Designer-makers
  • Textile designers and stylists
  • Textile conservators and curators
  • Art educators and teachers
  • Fashion buyers and retailers
  • Arts administrators
  • Gallery directors.

You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.

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Alice Howard-Graham
Alice Howard-Graham

"Having the luxury of a loom to yourself as well as dye labs and huge print tables was really beneficial to our creative freedom. I've been lucky enough to become an Artist in Residence here and as someone who's already completed the course, it's been wonderful to support new students as they discover the joy of textiles."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 / BTEC National 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.

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

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

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. We’d like to see a carefully selected portfolio of up to 15 pieces. This could include visual studies, analytical drawing, colour and work in a variety of media, along with sketchbooks, lecture notes and at least one essay. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

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 International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - get your application in now.
If 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.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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