Skip to content

Home/Courses/BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design

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?

We’ve come a long way from needlework. If you find fashion compelling and want to create your own designs, textiles lets you do this and more. Hands-on and incredibly creative, this course gives you an insight into the booming business of textiles from the start.

You’ll work with many different types of material, from traditional fabrics to innovative plastics used in surface design. From interior design to luxury products, you will design and take your own ideas from the drawing board to the mannequin (or sofa).

Specialise in different areas within Textiles
Students explore three key areas in their first year. Once you know which one suits your creativity most, you can start to specialise.

Knitted Textiles Design: create designs from scratch using traditional and contemporary knitting techniques that inspire fashion, product and the interior.

Printed Textiles Design: unleash your artistic side with printed textiles. Craft designs using drawing and painting, as well as traditional and digital fabric printing techniques for fashion and the interior.

Surface Design: step aside, sewing machine. In our surface design work we will show you how to work with a vast range of materials such as woods, leather, glass, metals, and plastics.

Developed with your career in mind
We put a strong emphasis on career focus in the curriculum. For example, we hold an annual Textile Symposium, which attracts a number of eminent guest speakers in the PR, automotive, fashion, interiors, accessories and colour industries. You’ll graduate with a professional portfolio, an authentic digital profile, industry familiarity and impressive presentation skills.

Our team of lecturers are all experienced designers. Many still work in private practice today, keeping updated on the latest in textiles. As you start working with different materials, you’ll also benefit from the support of our technical specialists, on hand to help with new experiences. In our workshops, we’ll give you one-to-one teaching and, as you learn in a close-knit group, your fellow students will help out too.

Create amazing designs in the Red Shed
You’ll have your own dedicated workspace in our workshop. From here, you’ll have full access to all the materials and equipment you’ll need. We’ve spent a lot of care making the Red Shed the perfect creative space. Here you’ll master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. Take a look around our impressive Red Shed here.

You’ll work with metal, paper, wood, plastic and glass including screen printing, dyeing, machine knitting, embossing, stitch, CAD, Mimaki digital fabric printing, as well as casting, moulding, photography and laser cutting.

Gain experience on real briefs
Students work on projects such as Dulux colour, Gerflor interiors, Pitti Filati trend forecasting in Florence and have shown work in London and Paris at New Designers, Tent, and Indigo at Premier Vison.

All final year students have the opportunity of showing their work at New Designers.

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. We’ll also give you the opportunity to get noticed at international design shows.

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

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

What are my career prospects?

At Bucks, we prepare you for the world of textiles beyond education. We recreate the industry on campus. And with London only a stone’s throw away, you’re already close to future employers such as retail giants, fashion houses and design agencies.

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 and Zinc Studio London.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
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.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

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