Textile Design BA(Hons)

Samples of textiles in different colours
Textile Design - 2023

On this absorbing course you’ll be part of a vibrant, supportive community of multidisciplinary textile designers and makers. You’ll discover how to create sustainable designs for a range of outcomes and take creative risks.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course duration 3 years / 4 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code W230/FY17

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Course overview

Blending studio work with professional practice, you’ll develop your understanding of the textiles industry while perfecting a range of techniques in our well-equipped, purpose-built studios. With opportunities to visit international trade fairs and exhibit work in a final year show, you’ll graduate as a confident, industry-ready textile designer.

You will:

  • Learn essential skills for woven, printed and mixed-media textiles, with sustainability embedded throughout
  • Embrace artisanal methods and digital design and production techniques
  • Work to live briefs set by companies such as Envisage, Joules, Seasalt, Wallace Sewell and David Walters
  • Have the opportunity to be selected for New Designers, London and to enter international competitions, such as those organised by the Bradford Textile Society, Hand & Lock, i-dott and the SDC
  • Have the chance to travel to events such as Première Vision, the international textile and trend forecasting show in Paris
  • Study at one of only six universities supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, which offers individual scholarships and educational grants

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

Course details

On this Textile Design degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Textile Design BA(Hons) with an Integrated Foundation Year. 

Through this career-focused Textile Design degree, you’ll learn about technical process and production alongside environmental and sustainability issues surrounding the textile industry. You’ll learn how to design and make woven, printed and mixed media textiles for a broad range of outcomes, including fashion, interiors and one-off artefact. Preparing for your career, you’ll also learn how to innovate and take creative risks, communicate professionally, network and approach potential employers. 

BA(Hons) Textile Design course video

You’ll learn professional production processes in weave, print and mixed media. This will be backed up by 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 textile process of your choice. 

Modules

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. In the second year of your Textile Design degree, we’ll explore marketing basics, working techniques, trend forecasting, innovation, and career opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to take on self-directed national and international work placements with companies like Wallace Sewell, Liberty and Rebecca Taylor (New York). We encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations where possible in order to build positive relationships across the university and to create fully resolved pieces of work. 

Choosing a textile process to focus on for the rest of the course, you’ll design and create textiles 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. 

Modules

Targeted Design: Futures
Targeted Design: Client & Market
Production
Theories of Culture

Optional modules

External Engagement
Global Fashion

As well as writing your dissertation, you’ll create your own studio briefs in order to design and produce original textilesThis usually (but not exclusively) takes the form of collections of samples. You’ll also put together your professional portfolio and other self-promotional materials, and have the chance to take part in the New Designers exhibition in London. 

Modules

Dissertation
Professional Portfolio: Business Focus
Professional Portfolio: Career Focus

Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route? 

If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree. 

What you'll study in your Foundation year

If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. 

Modules

Explore

You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.

Technique

You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.

Apply

You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.

Industry

You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.

Launch

You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.

After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject. 

The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2023 and subject to validation.

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.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details

We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.

This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.

How you'll learn

The Textile Design 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 Première Vision in Paris. 

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled

teaching and

learning

activity

Guided

independent

study

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning

Digitally enhanced learning

1

35%

65%

2

32%

68%

3

22%

78%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated

Foundation

Year (optional)

0%

0%

100%

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

0%

100%

3

0%

0%

100%

The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data. 

 

Assessment methods

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.

  • Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and portfolio
  • Dissertation or final-year project

As a student on this Textile Design degree, you'll have the opportunity to take on industry placements and exhibit your work at national exhibitions. Check out the stories below to see what our Textile Design students have been up to lately.

People gather to protest the fashion industry. A placard reads 'no fashion on a dead planet'
Ecocide

Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement

04 February 2022

Falmouth’s Fashion & Textiles Institute has joined forces with key leaders across the fashion ...

Falmouth joins the Fashion Declares movement
ISMS & SKISMS Guest Lecture Series: Harris Elliot
ISMS & SKISMS: Harris Elliot

Fashion & Textiles Institute hosts ‘Black cultural conversations’ guest lecture series

12 October 2021

The Fashion & Textiles Institute is hosting a specialist guest lecture series for its students. ...

Fashion & Textiles Institute hosts ‘Black cultural conversations’ guest lecture series
Khadija 3
Khadija 3

Mentoring matters

26 February 2021

Second year Textile Design student Khadija has recently completed a placement with Mentoring Matters...

Mentoring matters
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Felicity Whittaker news story image

Textile Design Student Accepted to the Cordis Prize for Tapestry

10 January 2020

Textile Design Student, Felicity Whittaker, is exhibiting a tapestry at the Tapestry Showcase being ...

Textile Design Student Accepted to the Cordis Prize for Tapestry
Embroidery by Textile Design student Georgia Johnson
Textile Design student Georgia Johnson wins sponsorship
Embroidery by Textile Design student Georgia Johnson

Sponsorship for Textile Student

16 December 2019

Third year Textile Design student Georgia Johnson has been awarded Madeira Thread Student Sponsorshi...

Sponsorship for Textile Student
Textile designs
web story - Evie Crawshaw new designer win

Further Success at New Designers

01 July 2019

Following on from Lauren Henry's win at New Designers last week, Textile Design student Evie Crawsha...

Further Success at New Designers
textile fabric
Web story - Lauren Henry New Design win

New Designer Win for Textile Student

27 June 2019

Textile Design student Lauren Henry has been named as one of the winners at this year's New Designer...

New Designer Win for Textile Student
Helena Cockwill - work (1)

Textile Design Students Awarded by Bradford Textile Society

10 June 2019

Once again, students from BA(Hons) Textile Design have been dazzling the Bradford Textile Society (B...

Textile Design Students Awarded by Bradford Textile Society
Megan & Jordan - SCD comp story

Textiles Students Shortlisted in International Design Competition

15 April 2019

Entering competitions isn’t just about winning; it can open up channels of communication with indu...

Textiles Students Shortlisted in International Design Competition
Megan & Nancy with Patrick Grant

Textiles Students Win Prestigious Scholarships and Prizes

02 April 2019

Thread by thread, Megan Leech and Nancy Frail, two third year BA(Hons) Textile Design students, have...

Textiles Students Win Prestigious Scholarships and Prizes
textile student awards

Two Awards for Textile Student

25 June 2018

Zoe Wenban, a third year Textile Design student, scooped the Batsford Prize for Applied Arts and the...

Two Awards for Textile Student
News: Vogue main
Vogue Italia

Fashion Duo Featured in Vogue

23 May 2018

Fashion students Fadzai Kadzatsa and Angela Farrell have been featured in Vogue Italia's online...

Fashion Duo Featured in Vogue
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Textiles

Textile Students Sweep Awards

19 April 2018

Textile Design students have received numerous honours from this year's Bradford Textile Society com...

Textile Students Sweep Awards

Staff

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 A. Clarke

Senior Lecturer

Dr Clarke has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in printed textiles. His Doctor of Philosophy...

Dr Simon A. Clarke

Freya Moses

Senior Technician, Printed Textiles

I work as a senior technician within the Fashion & Textiles Institute. I specialise in printed t...

Freya Moses

Hannah Maughan

Senior Lecturer, Textile Design

Hannah studied at Birmingham and the Royal College of Art, specialising in embroidery and mixed medi...

Hannah Maughan

Irene Griffin

Technical Specialist - Mixed Media & Natural Colouration

I am senior technical instructor for mixed media on the Textile Design programme with a background i...

Irene Griffin

Julie Ripley

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Textile Design

Julie Ripley studied history of modern art, design and film at Northumbria University, where she wen...

Julie Ripley
Matthew Abbott staff picture

Matthew Abbott

Senior Technician, Digital Skills, School of Architecture Design and Interiors

Matthew joined Falmouth University in 1998 as a student on BA(Hons) 3D Design and has the distinctio...

Matthew Abbott

Sally-Ann Gill

Course Leader, Textile Design

Sally-Ann studied at UCA Farnham and at the Royal College of Art specialising in woven textiles. Pri...

Sally-Ann Gill

Wendy Kotenko

Senior Technician weave, The Fashion & Textiles Institute

Wendy Kotenko is senior technician for weave on the textile design programme. She has an MA in Texti...

Wendy Kotenko

Facilities

  • 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

Take a virtual tour

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Fashion student in studio

Fashion & Textiles Facilities

Centred around studio spaces that cater for solo and group working, our Fashion & Textiles Insti...

Fashion & Textiles Facilities
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Library Facilities

Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...

Library Facilities
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Sports Centre

Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...

Sports Centre

Careers

Our Textile Design graduates have worked as:

  • Company Owner, Anna Glover
  • Product Developer at Toast
  • Colour, Materials and Finish Designer at Dyson
  • Textile Designers at Boden, H&M, Joules & Burberry
  • Creative Assistant at Colour Hive
Megan Leech designing
Megan Leech

Textiles graduate lands role at cutting-edge fabrics company

11 January 2022

BA(Hons) Textile Design graduate Megan Leech has landed a job as a Development Engineer with renowne...

Textiles graduate lands role at cutting-edge fabrics company
Rosie photographs her winning design
Rosie Southerden New

Textile Design graduate wins Oppo Lens of Inspiration Challenge

23 December 2021

BA(Hons) Textile Design graduate Rosie Southerden has won the Oppo Lens of Inspiration challenge. Th...

Textile Design graduate wins Oppo Lens of Inspiration Challenge
A girl in a studio surrounded by paint pots
Poppy Purchase textile workshop

Graduate delivers colourful workshop for Textile Design students

12 January 2021

Textile Design graduate, Poppy Purchase returned to Falmouth to offer current student...

Graduate delivers colourful workshop for Textile Design students
jessie_Dickinson

Interview with Double Award Winner Jessie Dickinson

07 February 2019

Since receiving two highly competitive awards for digital embroidery, Jessie Dickinson, 2018 Textile...

Interview with Double Award Winner Jessie Dickinson
News: Textile Student

Textiles Student Completes Course as Double-Award Winner

18 December 2018

Winning a prestigious industry award as you leave university is an incredible achievement that can o...

Textiles Student Completes Course as Double-Award Winner
George May menswear design

Menswear Design with George May

11 December 2018

George May, who graduated from Sportswear Design in 2012, is a menswear designer at Belsta...

Menswear Design with George May
jessie_Dickinson

Prestigious Prize Awarded to Textiles Graduate

25 October 2018

Jessie Dickinson, a Textile Design graduate, has won the Wilcom Associate Prize 2018 at the esteemed...

Prestigious Prize Awarded to Textiles Graduate

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through Clearing or for September 2023 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply through Clearing 2022

Apply for 2023

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Textile Design BA(Hons) three year degree W230
Textile Design BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year (new for entry year 2023) FY17

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year 80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

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

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£TBC per year Full-time UK
£TBC per year Full-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

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.

Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway

  • £250 for materials
  • A laptop/desktop computer
  • Adobe Creative Suite

In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your specialism, you may need a specific type of computer. You can find out more about the type of machine you'll need on your course specialism page. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.

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From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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