You’ll develop a thorough grounding in both print and weave, including an understanding of materials, design practices, processes and techniques. Visual studies will support your studio practice.
Textile Maker and Materials Lab
Introduces you to the act of making and embed it as the most fundamental skill requirement and means to experimental research. All Crafts & Design students are Makers for whom thinking and doing are mutually informing processes.
Textile Practice Process 1
Quickly orientates you within the Textile practice context by introducing the fundamental discipline specific making skills and knowledge that provide your learning foundation and informs the design process.
Textile Practice Process 2
Introduces further fundamental discipline specific Textile skills and knowledge and to test and develop this learning within given Textile practice design brief contexts.
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 to promote contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice. Through a series of illustrated thematic lectures, the unit will articulate a range of theoretical and practice-based positions in order to expose the rich diversity of approaches to crafts and design, and to consider aesthetic decisions in relation to wider contextual fields.
This year will see you deepen your knowledge of a specialist area. External briefs and competitions will be introduced. You’ll also have the chance to undertake a work placement at a major textile design studio, textile manufacturer, or fashion house, with a textile designer-maker or artist, or an associated textile company.
Textile Ideation and Insight
Enables you to activate your creativity and stimulate a fluent output of ideas and insights. This is undertaken in an abstract context to encourage a freer and more speculative approach.
Textile Practice Exploration 1
You'll explore and develop individual design identity and interest through engagement with Textile design project briefs within set topical themes. Briefs require engagement from inception to resolution incorporating all stages of the design process.
Textile Practice Exploration 2
You'll extend and develop your exploration of individual design identity and interest. This is undertaken through engagement with industry facing Textile design project briefs, set within specific topical themes. Live competition brief options will feature, with organised industry collaborations and work placement possibility also available subject to confirmation.
Introduces you to a range of contextual, theoretical and critical perspectives that encourage an involved and insightful appreciation of crafts and design practices as expressions of meaning and value. With an emphasis on crafts and design as discourse, and drawing on a range of research methods and thematic content, the unit will seek to highlight relationships between creativity, production, mediation and consumption, promoting analysis and evaluation as essential aspects of creative research and resolution, and encouraging a positional approach to studio practice that identifies objects as experiences.
Study Abroad (optional)
This optional unit is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity.
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:
Supported by a personal project brief, you’ll negotiate an individual learning pathway with your tutor, undertaking creative practice that prepares you for a future career within the contemporary textiles market, or for further study and applied research. We’ll continue to support your industry design projects, helping you to develop a broader insight into the sector. You’ll have the opportunity to exhibit alongside your peers at a London venue.
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.
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.
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.
Contextual Research and Critical Reflection
You 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.
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.