Textile Design (Embroidery) - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
W223
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

Opening up a wide range of career paths, this course combines traditional craft with new technology skills and approaches to design. With the support and expertise of a committed staff of practising designers, your creativity and professionalism will be nurtured and developed.

New for 2017/18

Textile Design: Cross Disciplinary Practice

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Textile Design: Cross Disciplinary Practice. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This pathway suits the student who responds to materiality, both surface embellishment and construction, and is expressive with line, image, texture and pattern. Working with hand stitch, domestic and industrial machinery you explore the exciting possibilities of combining traditional and digital approaches in the generation of contemporary statements with relevance to both industry and gallery contexts. Students leave ready to contribute within a range of industry roles, often exhibiting in galleries, setting up new enterprises or working within the trend industry.

The Textile course proved to be the launch pad for my career as a designer. The experimental nature of the course allowed me to sample many techniques and specialisms, which enabled me to discover my passion for computer-generated design. I now have a job I love and I’ve used the skills I learned at university to perform in my role. Nicole Ruddock Designer, Humour Team, Hallmark Cards

Why Choose Us?

  • You can pursue your career aspirations with one of our exit pathways – Constructed Textiles, Embroidery, Printed Textiles and Surface Design, or Textile Retail Management.
  • You will be supported by a staff team with wide and varied creative, commercial and research interests and expertise.
  • Working collaborations with a range of companies and designer-makers give you the opportunity to develop your expertise in live projects, and make useful contacts with prospective employers.
  • The combination of workshop practice, exploring digital technology and traditional craft skills enables you to develop a personal and professionally relevant portfolio.
  • You can participate in competitions and trade forums to help further personal ambitions.
  • You will widen your own professional and personal outlook through contextual research and local and optional international study visits.
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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Henry Bertrands
  • Sarah Prizer Gallery

And in jobs such as:

  • Sample Assistant
  • Gallery Assistant

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

In addition to qualifications, applicants will also need a good portfolio.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A-Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A-Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS Non English speakers require IELTS 6.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

Additional Information

You will be able to access printing and materials at subsidised costs and may need to purchase your own small tools. There are additional costs for national and international field trips, if you participate in these.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Portfolio Guidance

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Guided and encouraged by an experienced teaching team engaged in textiles practice, you will investigate key areas of constructed textiles, embroidery, printed textiles and surface design, before specialising in one of these for you specialist pathway in the first year of the course.

Modules include:
Textiles in Historical Context
Introduction to Textiles
Textiles in Contemporary context
Colour
Fabric Concepts

Year two

In your second year, you explore textiles trends in both fashion and interior design sectors, learn commercial considerations with industry-facing projects and a professional experience module, engage with business principles. We have an optional international study visit too.

Modules include:
Trends
Design, Production and Application/specialist work
Design and Business
Professional Practice A or B route

Year three

In the third year you can continue with your design pathway creating a professional portfolio of design work and engage in personal contextual research or select to study Textile Retail Management learning the business of retail including market analysis, merchandising, and visual display.

Degree awards are in one of the following pathways: Constructed Textiles, Embroidery, Printed Textiles and Surface Design or Textile Retail Management.

The retail pathway offers an alternative opportunity for design students interested in a career in the retail sector. Cultural awareness and business studies support the practical and conceptual aspects of design.

Modules include:
External Brief
Textile Design Dissertation
Textile Design Final Project

This course provides an intensive experience circulating through Constructed Textiles, Embroidery and Printed Textiles followed by a personally chosen specialist focus.

The course combines personal choices available at each level with a structured specialist approach. Embracing digital technology and traditional craft skills, your creativity, personal talents and professional awareness will be developed throughout the course, leading to a textile design degree in one of four exit pathways - Constructed Textiles, Embroidery, Printed Textiles and Surface Design, or Textile Retail Management.

Supportive tuition in specialist and combined groups throughout the course fosters the interchange of ideas. The diverse experience of the academic staff reflects the course ethos - all are practising designers/visual artists, many working internationally.

The learning environment includes a wide range of learning and teaching methods, an experienced teaching team engaged in current research/practice, and studio/workshop experiences supported by e-learning. There is access to both digital technology and traditional textile craft workshops. Equipment includes a Mimaki digital printer, jacquard loom, computerised AVL studio looms, digital embroidery machines, and laser cutting equipment, in addition to traditional facilities including print tables, transfer press, knitting machines, looms and rug tufting guns.

The course actively fosters links with organisations (including museums and galleries) and industry, providing a continuously updated contemporary educational experience.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Student stories Emma Shipley

Emma is an exceptionally talented and creative textile designer and illustrator who has already achieved great things in the four years since she graduated with First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Textile Design.

She is making a significant contribution to British design innovation and is seen as a rising star. Emma has won a number of awards for her work, which has been described as ‘astonishingly skilful and distinctive’, and has received international acclaim with her own label – Emma J Shipley.

She has opened her own studio and launched her innovative range of scarves in legendary fashion store Browns; it is now stocked in Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and Fortnum & Mason in London.

Enhancing employability skills

The course offers excellent opportunities for work experience and live industry briefs, giving you practical, professional exposure and an awareness of the challenges and opportunities of the sector.

Typically, graduates find roles as in-house designers (constructed textiles, embroidery, printed textiles and surface), freelance designers, designer-makers, stylists, trend predictors, buyers, visual merchandisers and teaching. Related professions that value your skills include marketing journalism, arts administration and conservation.

Contemporary live projects and a professional experience module lets you put your skills to work and get useful contacts with prospective employers.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Student stories – Carla Hubbard

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

Home to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, School of Fashion and Textiles, and School of Visual Communication, the five-floor site is packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social 'collision spaces.'

The campus also provides extensive workshop space, and the very latest in industry-standard equipment reflecting the broad range of study opportunities on offer.

You will have access to Vicon 3D, an external tracking motion capture facility, and Gypsy, an exoskeleton-based motion capture system to extend the many possibilities for production of 3D animation and films.

There's also a comprehensive range of tools and machinery in the wood and metal workshops.

You can use the latest in high-tech digital print, plus a range of other facilities including:

  • Editing and animation suites with unique equipment
  • Digital Visualisation Hub
  • Traditional print
  • Photographic studio and darkroom
  • High power laser cutters and rapid prototyping systems
  • Theatre
  • Fashion workshops
  • Computerised looms and printers
  • Art shop
  • Library
  • Café

We are committed to showcasing the best student concepts and collections in exhibitions and on catwalks that include London Fashion Week, London Free Range, New Designers and Birmingham Made Me.

Our staff

All of our staff come from an industry background and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

All of this gives you access to the latest thinking, creativity and professional networks.

Textiles

Our staff members have high-end industry experience in design and manufacturing and help students to learn and develop design expertise that is industry focused and commercially aware – increasing their employability and outlook.

Our in-house staff team is complemented by Visiting Tutors who are successful designers and makers.

See a full list of all our staff

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295