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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Scottish Borders
Delivery type

This highly creative textiles course is designed to offer a balance between theory and practice – particularly when it comes to fabric design methodology and fabric production techniques.



The course aims to encourage independent learning in a professional, creative manner – with elected pathways in printed and constructed textiles.

There’ll be an emphasis on fabric making geared towards different practical outcomes – many with the involvement of recognised design studios and companies. The sectors covered include fashion and furnishing fabrics, accessories, wall coverings, gallery pieces, greeting cards and gift wrap

This textiles course is taught at our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. For more details about the student experience of Design for Textiles, visit the School pages.

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.

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.

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.

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.