Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

We aim to create the next generation of thinkers and innovators in textiles for fashion, interiors, art and architecture.

Our BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion & Interiors course offers a unique fusion of traditional skills with innovative, materials based textile design in both print and weave.

Critical judgment is developed by rubbing shoulders with peers and tutors in dedicated studios, with personal space for each student and naturally lit workshops packed with facilities.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Farnham

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Course overview:

On this course, you’ll benefit from being surrounded by a team experienced in art, craft, design and research whose network of contacts will enrich your learning experience.

Our academics, lecturers, and artists-in-residence undertake commissions, international exhibitions, and work within the textiles industry.

Our students work with our industry network on unique collaborations, live projects, and exhibitions, as well as undertaking work placements both in the UK and abroad.

These contacts include the likes of Esquel Apparel LTD, the John Lewis Design Studio, Zoffany Fabrics, Ratti Spa Design Studio Italy, and LK Bennett Design Studio.

As curators of our own public collection, we have an enviable on-site archive of historical and contemporary textiles. Also located on our Farnham campus is the internationally renowned Crafts Study Centre, a research centre with an impressive annual calendar of exhibitions and events.

We’ve built a worldwide reputation for promoting and developing the work of our graduate textile designers, offering you a springboard into a diverse range of career paths, examples of professional practice include textile designers and makers, interior designers, fashion designers, accessory designers, fabric technologists, stylists, surface and material developers, colourists, curators and textile innovators.

As well as preparing our students to enter industry professions, we also create forward-thinking, entrepreneurial textile designers who set up their own businesses, working as designer-makers or freelance textile designers.

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Course content - 2018 entry

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.

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

Course modules

  • 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.

  • Contextual Frameworks

    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.

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

Course modules

  • 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.

  • Contextual Perspectives

    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.

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).

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

Course modules

  • 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.

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.

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

Course modules

  • 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.


UCA Farnham provides first-rate facilities with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts.

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Course connections

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

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.



Our Textiles for Fashion & Interiors 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.

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).

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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

We’d like to see a carefully selected portfolio of up to 15 sheets. This should include visual studies, analytical drawing, colour and work in a variety of media, along with sketchbooks, lecture notes and at least one essay.

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