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BA (Hons) Textile Design

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Fashion

Attendance

Part-time

Full-time, 3 years

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

With an industry looking towards the future of textiles, we consider all aspects of theory and design that drive the innovation of textiles such as the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal climate that will shape our students thinking towards being future pioneers of tomorrow’s world. 

Textiles at UEL seeks to go beyond the surface of well used methods such as print and surface design and encourages our students to look towards the future with new and exciting digital processes and back again at the innovative fabrications of heritage crafts from the past. The course aims to provide you with a rich learning experience in applied textiles, which will focus on highly creative design solutions for fashion, interiors and the home.  

You will have the opportunity to embrace fashion and textile futures, new materials and technical innovations in the production of innovative applied textiles across all mediums. In addition, sustainability and ethics are at the heart of all the modules you will study.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

4P53

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

Find out more

Placement

Optional placement year available

New technologies

A course focused on textile futures, embracing creative and sustainable design using new technologies, bio textiles and new materials.

Opportunities

Opportunity to explore heritage craft skills alongside digital media to create innovative textiles, products and accessories for both fashion and interiors. 

Collaboration

Opportunity to work collaboratively within a highly creative community utilising fully equipped textiles/fashion workshops, studios, Mac lab and material archive resource. 

EnquireVisit

Hannah White,

Fashion Textiles, BA (Hons), undergraduate

I moved to east London because it’s trendy and up and coming. I really like my course, especially because of its location. The Fashion and Textiles course is even better than I thought.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,382.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2018/19 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,060.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£TBC
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio should include elements of the below:

  • Evidence of use of colour, mixed media, sculptural work, photography, collage, and idea development.
  • Drawing skills - life drawing, observational drawing, understanding of garment scale and proportion on the body, fashion drawings, and inspiration development
  • Visual research and inspiration development
  • Evidence of understanding of fashion market levels
  • Evidence of publication knowledge – relevant newspaper and high-end conceptual fashion magazines
  • Fabric research
  • Any samples/photographs of work
  • Evidence of own projects/work/blogs etc

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

  • Application of ideas and concepts within the textiles process  
  • Extension of visual vocabulary through research and observation  
  • Demonstrate an awareness of cultural, economic, sustainable and ethical issues relating to the global textiles design industry. 
  • Ideas and concept generation for textiles 
  • Individual and collaborative responses to set textile projects  
  • Critical thinking, reflection and evaluation of creative practice  
  • Independent study skills  
  • Experimentation and making appropriate use of materials and processes  
  • Articulating ideas and concepts effectively  
  • Developing visual research to reflect originality and innovation in textiles 
  • Effective management and organisation of time  
  • Presentations, individually and in groups  
  • Acknowledgement of the work of others, both professionals and within peer group  
  • Selection and evaluation of information from a wide variety of sources

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Professional Life (Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Art & Design Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core)
  • Art & Design Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core)
  • Art & Design Specialist Workshops, Processes & Skills (Core)
  • Art & Design Specialist Studio Practice & Portfolio (Core)
  • Art & Design Contextual Studies (Core)
  • Technical Skills & Innovation (Core)
  • Fashion Practice (Core)
  • Fashion Contexts and Research (Core)
  • Fashion Process (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise (Core)
  • Business of Fashion 1 (Core)
  • Technical Applications (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise 2 (Core)
  • Creative Fashion Practice (Core)
  • Business of Fashion 2 (Core)
  • Process and Identity (Core)
  • Theory of Fashion (Core)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Applied Innovation (Core)
  • Fashion Enterprise 3 (Core)
  • Advanced Fashion Practice (Core)
  • Business of Fashion 3 (Core)
  • Final Major Project Theoretical Identity (Core)
  • Final Major Project Realisation (Core)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed on project and module courseworks through practical work in the production of textile samples, design portfolios, research files, design dossiers, presentations, exhibitions and reflective reports. In year one you will be assessed at the end of each project based on individual and collaborative research, development and final design outcomes. In year two further development of skills and knowledge are assessed in each module, and in year three you will be assessed on your final major project, design competitions, enterprise, exit portfolio and written contextual reports.

All years are assessed 100% on coursework (generally two courseworks per module). If you opt for the 4-year sandwich course you will also be assessed on one 100% coursework comprising of a written report focused on their experience and knowledge gained on their placement year.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

Year 1: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams
Year 2: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams
Year 3: 50% coursework, 50% practical, 0% exams


You will have the opportunity to gain feedback from your lecturers, peers and our industry partners. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

The fashion subject area is made up of industry knowledgeable staff, entrepreneurs and business owners, so you can be sure you will be learning in real time. We believe it is important that your education is consistent with the times and reflects the industry you will progress into.

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through 2D and 3D studio and textile workshop developmenrt, online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and collaborative projects and preparing practical and written coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor (academic advisor). This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching –approx. 300 hours; guided independent study – 450 hours..
Year 2: scheduled teaching – approx. 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 10-15 students a year. Lecture sizes can be up 40 plus students.
In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 8-10 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

Who will teach on this course

Lesley Robertson
Odette Steele

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

Career opportunities include:
  • Colour, Materials, Finish (CMF) Designer
  • Assistant Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Fashion Textiles Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Material and Sample Developer
  • Experiential Design Developer
  • Specialist Material Designer
  • Technical Director of Raw Material

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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  • Why study at UEL?

  • Student finance

  • Accommodation

  • Information Advice Guidance

Meet us in your country

Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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