In the first year, you'll learn new design and technical skills which enable you to create original textiles. The practical skills include workshops in materials, processes, techniques and visual studies complemented by contextual units introducing you to art, crafts and design.
Textile Practice Process 1
The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the act of making as a key skill and means of experimental research through the exploration of materials and processes. You are introduced to fundamental skills and knowledge that provide the subject learning foundation and inform design process.
Contextual Studies 1
This unit introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary contexts that serve to locate crafts and design practices within wider social and cultural frameworks, and promotes contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice. 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. Elementary project briefs remain the primary means of learning delivery. You develop an understanding of all aspects of the design process at a fundamental level - research, ideas generation, conceptualisation, iterative exploration, design development, documentation, evaluation, resolution and communication.
Textile Practice Process 3
The purpose of this unit is to consolidate competency in the range of skills previously developed, and to acquire new skills that together supports increasingly confident and accomplished responses to more complex project briefs. Cultivating an exploratory outlook is key to preparation for second year study. You'll extend your understanding of the subject context for your work and begin to explore relevant industry 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 that demonstrate the importance of meaning, and the ways that 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
The purpose of this unit is for students to extend and further develop individual design identity and interest. Briefs incorporate all stages of the design process from inception 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 outputs.
Textile Practice Exploration 3
The purpose of this unit is to enable you to define your own patterns of study and creative practice. You are encouraged to develop and refine your individual practice approaches to research, designing and making. Reflection upon the full scope of second year exploration promotes identification of potential areas of interest for further pursuit in third year study.
Study Abroad Year (Optional)
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).
Study Abroad Year
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:
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, whilst establishing an individual practice towards your future profession. You will finish the year by managing and participating in a public exhibition.
Textile Practice Portfolio
Primes you in complete readiness for constructive engagement with your future prospects upon graduation. It helps to facilitate the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or adjacent destination. You are required to curate a bespoke, purposeful and future-facing practice portfolio reflecting their individual interest and position.
Textile Practice Position 1
The purpose of this unit is for you to commence framing an individual Textile practice position. In order to achieve this two routes of pursuit are offered (i) research / exploratory prototyping and testing (ii) research to resolution.
Contextual Studies 3
You'll conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research that informs, augments and reflects upon practice, towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and serve to support the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.
Textile Practice Position 2
You'll finalise framing an individual Textile practice position and realise a self-initiated, graduate major project that realises individual potential.
Fees and additional course costs
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.
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.
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
- Debenhams Design Department
- Esquel Apparel Ltd
- 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.