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BA (Hons) Textile Design

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
6 years; part-time


Course: WYC2
Institution: P65

Stimulate your entrepreneurial spirit and become a first-class designer on this broad and dynamic course, covering everything from textile design for fashion and interiors to bespoke making. Discover your unique design personality through a challenging mix of experimentation and commercial opportunity.

Our students become accomplished and inspirational textile and surface designers for fashion, interiors, products and craft applications as well as textile buyers, and stylists. You will learn how to design for different markets and audiences, on all kinds of surfaces using traditional skills such as screen printing and digital equipment. With access to our Fab Lab, you can use digital technology to challenge the character of materials and texture.

You’ll be encouraged to experiment and expand on your knowledge of fabrics, techniques and processes. Drawing, design research and development, CAD skills, technical knowledge and professional practice will all be integrated into your learning. We also actively support you in entering national and international design competitions. These core skills will help you to gain greater confidence and grow as a designer and textile specialist. You’ll develop creative sophistication, plus an attitude of visual investigation.

82% of students on our BA (Hons) Textile Design gave us an overall satisfaction rating, with 100% of students agreeing that “my course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt”.
National Student Survey 2021

Our design studio is dynamic and friendly, professional and nurturing. You’ll be taught by a team of active designers with a combined client list that boasts Pentagram, Conde Naste, American Express, Mandarin Oriental and several globally renowned agencies and retailers. Through their expert knowledge and passion for textile technologies both traditional and emerging, our staff proudly mentor the textile designers and makers of tomorrow.

This course incorporates research into the historical and cultural contexts of textile practice as well as developing your critical understanding and appreciation of design principles. You’ll develop advanced research and communication skills alongside a practical understanding of traditional and digital design processes, resulting in a diverse portfolio of creative outputs.

Emily Gilbert Textile Practices BA Hons Textile Design at Plymouth College of Art

Intricate and detailed textile work created by Emily Gilbert, 2021

“I definitely feel like our individuality was nurtured, and although hard work, the programme and tutors have given me the confidence I need to now start setting up my own business. The facilities are second to none, and if I had to re-do my degree, I would still choose Plymouth College of Art.”
Winona Flay, BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern

Through sponsored industrial projects you’ll learn how to meet the needs of clients and see your designs made ready for production, gaining real-life design experience – refining your attitudes towards design, style and taste.

We also arrange regular visits from artists and designers, including successful graduates, and you’ll be introduced to potential employers through live projects for top companies. You’ll also have the chance to complete a work placement with a well-known brand or design studio. Study trips include Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Premiere Vision and Maison&Objet in Paris.

As part of your professional development, you’ll gain confidence and real-world experience, working with prestigious designers such as Timorous Beasties, Zandra Rhodes, Joules clothing, Finisterre, Bay and Brown textile design agents, and Mirjam Rouden textile design studio.

Upon graduating you’ll be equipped to start your career and capitalise on your design skills, whether designing for large, well-known brands or starting your own independent enterprise.

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100% of students on our BA (Hons) Textile Design agreed that “I have had the opportunities to provide feedback on my course”, with 94% agreeing “my course has challenged me to achieve my best work” and “the IT resources and facilities provided have supported my learning well”.

91% of our BA (Hons) Textile Design students agreed that “staff are good at explaining things”, with 90% agreeing that “marking and assessment has been fair” and 85% of students satisfied with the learning opportunities available to them on the course.

90% of our BA (Hons) Textile Design were satisfied with the learning resources available to them, including IT resources and facilities, library resources, and course-specific resources.

87% of our BA (Hons) Textile Design agreed that “the skills I have developed during my time in Higher Education will be useful for my future career” and “the institution provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment”.

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For more information please consult our How to Apply page and the UCAS Tariff Table.