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.
UCAS CODE: WW72
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
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 60 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||716 hours|
|Independent learning:||484 hours|
Year 2: 58 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||693 hours|
|Independent learning:||507 hours|
Year 3: 40 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||485 hours|
|Independent learning:||715 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
|95 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||5 percent practical|
|85 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|100 percent coursework||0 percent written exams||0 percent practical|
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course 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.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- VMC Getting Connected
- Creative Technology
- Knit, Print and Surface Rotations
- Research and Concepts
Year 2 Modules
- VMC Making Choices
- Professional Skills
- Trends and Contexts I: Professional Environments
- Trends and Contexts II: Personal Interpretations
Year 3 Modules
- Visual and Material Culture New Model Dissertation
- Final Major Project: Making
- Final Major Project: Research
- Professional Practice
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.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
Bucks has been a great place to study, and being in the Red Shed Studios has been a great experience; having such a huge space to work and make in is a real privilege. The studios are such a lively place to work and the facilities available are fantastic.
The support from tutors has been amazing and they have supported us in making sure we are fully prepared for the industry. Tutors are always very encouraging and are always available when you need to ask a question.
Completing my degree in Textiles and Surface Design has given me real confidence in myself and my work. I have really progressed and achieved so much through working closely with tutors and the technicians on the course.
The live projects have really given me a clear view of the industry, it has definitely opened doors for me regarding my future.