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Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) BA (Hons)

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UCAS code
BA (Hons)
Up to 4 years
Study location
Scottish Borders
Delivery type


This programme is highly creative and designed to balance practice-based exploration with appropriate theory and fabric design methodology with fabric production techniques. It also aims to encourage independent learning in a professional, creative manner. The programme has elected pathways in printed and constructed textiles (woven and knitted textiles, with an option in Level 3 for fashion knit). The emphasis is fabric making with a personal handwriting geared towards different practical outcomes, many with the involvement of recognised design studios and companies. The main market sectors covered are fashion fabrics, accessories, furnishing fabrics, wall coverings, gallery pieces, greeting cards and gift wrap.

This programme is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.


Programme content

Year 1

Lectures and practical classes provide a foundation for development and help you decide which area to specialise in. Practical projects in printed, woven and knitted textiles and CAD are underpinned by drawing, painting and material manipulation projects. Sampling and mixing techniques are encouraged to provide a wealth of fabric outcomes.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 32%
  • Independent study: 68%


  • Written: 8%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework: 92%
Year 2

Students choose either printed or constructed textiles (knit and weave), and explore a range of both Fashion and Interior textile projects. Study tours are organised for students to make contacts with studios and visit exhibitions and museums as a vital part of visual and market research.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 37%
  • Independent study: 63%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 3

Participation in national and international competitions is encouraged. External companies set briefs across courses, and this involvement helps you evaluate work critically and present professionally. Student exchanges are available, and a foreign study tour allows students to experience trade fairs Premiere Vision and Indigo.

Learning and teaching 

  • Scheduled learning: 27%
  • Independent study: 73%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 4

The origination of design work and textile innovation ensure strong support work before embarking on a personal project. A lecture series provides context or marketing strategy. Selected students exhibit their final collection of designs in London at the New Designers exhibition as well as on the University Campus.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 50%
  • Independent study: 50%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%


In professional/managerial position

Work and study

This is what our BA (Hons)Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 85% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Design occupations
  • Sales occupations .
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Engineering professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBB including English
  • A-Levels BBB including English at a minimum of GCSE
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points.

Year 2

  • HNC A in graded unit
  • Additional information Direct entry students are specialists in either printed or constructed (weave and knit) textiles.

Year 3

  • HND A in graded unit. Entry into Level 3 may beavailable for applicants who have completed an appropriate BTEC (dependent upon places available).
  • Additional information Direct entry students are specialists in printed, woven and knitted textiles

Additional information

  • Portfolio Requirement: Selection is normally by application and submission of a portfolio. The portfolio should show an aptitude to textiles through use of colour, texture, rhythmic patternmaking and a logical design process. The ability to produce observational work in the form of both controlled and gestural drawing, painting and relief work should also be demonstrated. Once you have applied to UCAS you will be required to send us your portfolio.  Our portfolio requirements are explained in the Guidelines to Applicants for Portfolio Programmes.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

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