Textile Design BA(Hons)
Uncover your unique design aesthetic and unleash your creative identity. Supported by industry figures at the forefront of contemporary design, you'll leave us equipped with sought-after skills and a sound knowledge of professional practice.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You'll create your own process-driven collections from the first year, learning techniques like weaving, printing and mixed media, and develop your subject knowledge through workshops and contextual studies. On top of this, you’ll specialise in a discipline, create collections for live briefs and international competitions, and prepare for your career with a professional portfolio and promotional material.
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What you'll learn
You’ll learn about process, production, and the social and cultural issues surrounding the industry. Preparing for your career, you’ll also learn how to innovate and take creative risks, judge work, communicate professionally, network and approach employers.
You’ll learn professional production processes in weave, print and mixed media, and back this up with intensive conceptual research alongside cultural studies lectures, drawing sessions, and tutorials with peers and academic staff. Building on essential knowledge and skills, you’ll create your own design collection in a discipline of your choice.
Core Skills: Print
Core Skills: Weave
Core Skills: Mixed Media
Themes in Culture
Design and Make
Along with the help and insights of our industry partners, you’ll learn the realities of designing for business. We’ll explore marketing basics, different working techniques, trend forecasting, innovation, and your career opportunities. You can also take on self-directed national and international work placements with companies like Wallace Sewell, Liberty and Rebecca Taylor (New York).
Choosing a discipline to focus on for the rest of the course, you’ll create collections for national and international competitions, and briefs set by industry clients. You’ll then present your work to your clients in a real-life simulation of industry practice.
Targeted Design: Futures
Targeted Design: Client & Market
Theories of Culture
On top of completing your dissertation, you’ll write your own briefs, design original collections, and following industry-standard processes. You’ll also put together your professional portfolio and other self-promotion materials, and have the chance to take part in the New Designers exhibition in London.
Professional Portfolio: Business Focus
Professional Portfolio: Career Focus
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
This course blends studio work with professional practice. You’ll learn through workshop-based studio modules, lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, and advanced workshops in certain disciplines. There may also be opportunities to visit major trade fairs like Premier Vision in Paris.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
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
You’ll be taught by a team of industry professionals and technical instructors, bringing experience in areas like weave, contemporary culture, fashion and interiors, public exhibitions, national and international research projects, and writing textile design books.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Simon Clarke
Dr Simon Clarke is a senior lecturer with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the...
I work as a senior technician within the Fashion & Textiles Institute. I specialise in...
Hannah studied at Birmingham and the Royal College of Art, specialising in embroidery and mixed...
I am senior technical instructor for mixed media on the Textile Design programme with a...
Julie Ripley studied history of modern art, design and film at Northumbria University, where she...
Matthew joined Falmouth University in 1998 as a student on BA(Hons) 3D Design and has the...
Sally-Ann Gill studied at UCA Farnham and at the Royal College of Art specialising in woven...
Wendy Kotenko is senior technician for weave on the textile design programme. She has an MA in...
- Weave facility featuring hand looms and a computer-controlled power jacquard loom
- Industrial and digital embroidery machinery
- Digital and traditional screen-printing facilities
- Dye lab
- Laser cutting equipment
- Open-plan design studios
- Workshops dedicated to dyeing and manual printing
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
- University code F33
- Course code W230
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has a range of either completed work from organised projects, or independent studio work development.
- Shows skills in design communication, problem-solving and drawing.
- Can think critically and develop ideas.
- Demonstrates visual investigation through techniques like drawing, mark-making, image manipulation and pattern.
- Combines conceptual thinking and practical skills.
- Knows about textile design practitioners, and how creative professionals have influenced their own work.
- Can verbally express ideas, discuss work, and talk about project strengths and weaknesses.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £250-£800 - Recurring annual costs
- £100-£400 - One-off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £1,600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page