The course

UCAS code
W232
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Scottish Borders
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

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. For more details about the student experience of Design for Textiles visit the School pages.

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

Course content

   Detailed course guide
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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

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

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