Textile Design BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Falmouth's Textile Design course is focused on developing your individual creative voice and design aesthetic. We employ both traditional and digital processes to enable innovation in material investigations and the development of creative design solutions.

Our excellent industry contacts work at the forefront of contemporary design and their support means our highly employable graduates are equipped with sought-after skills and a sound knowledge of industry practice.


  • Designing textile collections
  • Intellectual property
  • Costing and project management
  • Self promotion
  • Market positioning
  • Networking and approaching potential employers
  • Professional communication skills

How the course is taught

Full-time and practice-based, the course blends studio work with professional practice to fully prepare you for life as a designer. Taught by passionate and experienced staff, you’ll learn about process and production, and social and cultural contexts that are relevant to your practice, while also building the peer and self-evaluation skills that you’ll need in critical conceptual, productive and professional capacities.

Course outline

During the course you'll be guided in creative and aesthetic development by the academic team in regular group and individual tutorials. As you progress you'll take part in advanced workshops in different disciplines. Run by highly skilled technical instructors, these workshops allow you to deepen your technical knowledge and explore the creative possibilities in each discipline.

In your second year you have the option to take part in national and international work placements, and from time to time we organise study visits to major trade fairs such as Premier Vision in Paris or Pitti Filatti in Florence. Falmouth textile designers have been regularly selected as Texprint designers and, during the final year, selected students take part in the New Designers exhibition in London and other promotional opportunities.

What you'll do

Year 1

Your studio modules will largely be workshop-based and you'll learn professional production processes in weave, print and mixed media. You'll also attend a comprehensive series of short workshops, which will equip you with the fundamental knowledge needed in textile design. This will inform the creation of your own textile design collection, where you'll be supported by staff to design a collection in a discipline of your choice.

Over your first year you'll study contextual practice modules that underpin your studio modules. You'll develop an awareness of contemporary design, and your own skills and learning style, while also looking at the history and theory of design in weekly lectures and seminars.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 1: Process & Production
    (40 credits ECTS 20)
    The principles and production techniques of three major textile disciplines - weave, print and mixed media
  • Module 2: Contextualising & Articulating Practice
    (20 credits ECTS 10)
    The historical and contemporary contexts in which we design, and the skills to articulate your ideas

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 3: Design & Make
    (40 credits ETCS 20)
    Designing a textile collection, principles and practice
  • Module 4: Textile Design Histories
    (20 credits ETCS 10)
    Key historical events and art and design movements which have impacted on textile design

Year 2

Your second year is outward facing, so you'll learn about the realities of designing for the business with the help of our many industry partners. You'll also look at the fundamentals of marketing, different modes of working practices, intellectual property law and the opportunities available to textile designers.

In the studio you'll select a discipline to focus on for the remainder of the course, with the possibility to work across disciplines where appropriate. You'll be asked to create design textile collections in response to briefs set by industry clients and partners, and national and international competitions. You'll then present your collections to your clients, often in their own showrooms.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 1: Designing for a Specific Audience
    (40 credits ETCS 20)
    Design and production in the context of external audiences and markets
  • Module 2: Historical, Social, Professional & Contemporary Contexts
    (20 credits ETCS 10)
    Acquiring an appreciation of theoretical and professional issues to support practice

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 3: External Engagement
    (40 credits ETCS 20)
    Designing for external clients or national and international competitions
  • Module 4: Theories & Methodologies
    (20 credits ETCS 10)
    Developing skills in academic research and theory and laying the foundations for writing the dissertation

Year 3

This is an independently-driven year, supported by tutorials, where you'll design collections for your final portfolio in response to briefs of your own devising. Your professional portfolio will be developed throughout your final year, helping you to maximise your employability whatever your chosen career path may be.

Employability and readiness for the industry is key so, as part of your professional practice, you'll be required to fully cost and document a section of your final year's work. You'll also create your own self-promotional material in response to a personal post-course planning exercise and complete a dissertation.

Semester 1 (15 weeks)

  • Module 1 Professional Portfolio & Business Documentation
    (40 credits ETCS 20)
    Textile design collection(s) for the final portfolio, fully costed and documented for business practice
  • Module 2: Dissertation
    (20 credits ETCS 10)
    Critical writing

Semester 2 (15 weeks)

  • Module 3: Professional Portfolio & Career Development
    (60 credits ETCS 30)
    Concluding the development of the final portfolio, designing self-promotional materials, including your CV, and preparing for employment


The award-winning Design Centre includes:

  • Weave facility featuring hand looms and a computer-controlled power Jacquard loom
  • Industrial and digital embroidery machinery
  • Digital printing facilities
  • Workshops dedicated to dyeing and manual printing


Our staff comprises practising designers, researchers and educators. Our team sell textile design work, participate in exhibitions and high-level research projects nationally and internationally, and author books on textile design. They develop teaching materials and strategies that enable our students to really get to grips with the demands of the industry.


Submitted project work will be assessed against the learning outcomes of each brief. Occasionally you will formally present your work to tutors as part of the assessment.

Self-assessment and peer assessment will be used to develop your ability to critically evaluate your own work and that of others.

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and portfolio
  • Dissertation or final year project


  • Work as an in-house or freelance designer, producing commercial textile collections
  • Stylist, colourist or buyer
  • Work in trend forecasting
  • Portfolio career including teaching and postgraduate study

Graduate destinations

  • Junior designer: Designer's Guild, Amtico Flooring
  • Print designer: Mini Boden, Cath Kidston
  • Embroidery designer: Nicholas Oakwell Couture
  • Textile design assistant: Burberry
  • Colour and materials: Aston Martin

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Textile Design group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form