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BA (Hons)
Textiles and Surface Design

Our award-winning course is widely recognised in the industry for producing innovative and highly skilled designers. Career possibilities for textiles and surface designers are wide ranging. As well as opportunities in interiors and fashion, we encourage our students to look at the future potential of textiles in areas such as product, transport and architecture.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: WW72

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Textiles are everywhere; they are the very fabric of our everyday environment, so why not learn how to design them? Providing us with identity, comfort and shelter, textiles are the material that we have our closest relationships with, literally clothing our bodies from head to toe, or surrounding our homes with stimulating colour and tactility. This course will enable you to develop hands-on skills, and equip you to be a successful designer.

On this course you will explore three main textile design practices - print, knit and surface design. In order to create innovative designs you'll learn to work with many different types of material and techniques, from traditional fabrics to contemporary technologies. From interior surfaces to luxury fashion accessories, you'll gain an understanding of the professional context and practice of textile design.

Learn a textile specialism

Exploring design led projects develops your research, drawing, colour, design and workshop technical skills. You'll get taster projects in each of the textile practices, print, knit and surface design, and once you know which one suits your creativity most, you can start to specialise.

Gain real experience and collaborate with industry

Exciting industry projects and competitions help you develop ideas into textiles and textile products. We have industry collaborations which include Dulux, Gerflor, Tengri, Jane Bowler, Bradford Textiles and The Society of Dyers and Colourists.

Your own dedicated studio space and workshops

Our Red Shed studio give you your own dedicated workspace. The Red Shed allows you access to all the specialist textile equipment you will need, both traditional and contemporary. You'll master materials, both through craft methods and using digital software and have full access to other cross discipline workshop facilities, including woodwork, metal, 3D printing, ceramics and more.

Focus on professional career development

We put a strong emphasis on career, designer identity and industry in the curriculum. For example, we hold regular careers and employability talks, which attracts a number of eminent guest speakers in the PR, automotive, fashion, interiors, accessories and colour industries as well as workshops on C.V writing. You'll graduate with a professional portfolio, an authentic digital profile, industry familiarity and impressive presentation skills.

Graduate with a successful alumni

Many of our graduates have gone on to work with fashion and interior design companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Anthropologie, Burberry, Cath Kidston, Christopher Kane, Donna Karan, Hallmark Cards, Heals, John Lewis, Karen Nicol, Mark Fast, Marks and Spencer, Marson Fabrics, Missoni, Next, Phase Eight, Zinc Studio London and Elle Decoration.

Year One

  • Research and Concepts
  • Constructed Textile Surface
  • Introduction to Printed Textile Design and Surface Innovation
  • Getting Connected
  • VMC Getting Connected

Year Two

  • Visual Studies & Media Experimentation
  • Technical Process and Skills Development
  • Outcomes
  • Making Choices
  • VMC Making Choices

Year Three

  • Final Major Project: Research
  • Final Major Project: Making
  • VMC Dissertation
  • VMC New Model Dissertation

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

This course is included in our unconditional offer policy.  

If your application is successful we will contact you to invite you for an interview. Applicants will be interviewed with their portfolios. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain your suitability for the course you have chosen, your individual motivation and interests and whether Bucks is right for you. You have the option of either attending in person, or submitting and electronic portfolio.

Portfolio guidance - (pdf format)
E-Portfolio guidance - (pdf format)

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

As we're so close to London, it's easy to visit fashion museums and exhibitions for inspiration. You'll have the chance to work with designers in and around the capital, and learn how to adapt to the challenges of working in a business. With London only a stone's throw away, you're already close to future employers such as retail giants, fashion houses and design agencies.

We encourage our students to take up work placements throughout the course, which is an ideal opportunity to develop key skills in a work background. Supportive companies include Rupert Bevan, Giles Miller Studio, Solomon & Wu, Custhom, Tex-Tile, Jane Bowler, SCIN Gallery, Derek Lawlor, T.M Lewin, Carlo Volpi, Zinc Design ltd and Schon! Magazine.


The course not only challenged me but opened my eyes to new possibilities within design. The cross-disciplinary way of working has put me in good stead for different industry channels, and has ultimately given me confidence in what I do.

Joanna Molina