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Textile Design with a Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

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Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree course gives you the opportunity to experience broad textile specialist skills combined with design and industry awareness....

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  • Level Foundation
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School School of Fashion and Textiles
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

Clearing 2022

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Please note: the entry requirements listed below are relevant for main cycle applications and may not be applicable during Clearing.

Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree course gives you the opportunity to experience broad textile specialist skills combined with design and industry awareness. You will be guided and encouraged by an experienced teaching team engaged in textiles practice, helping you to explore your ambitions and skills, testing career aspirations in five focused teaching pathways, which will prepare you for graduation and beyond.

About foundation courses

The foundation course is an exciting step towards your chosen degree. It provides an opportunity to develop skills to equip you on your professional journey into the creative industries.

The programme encompasses elements of fashion design, fashion business and textile design degree routes. It provides a platform for you to share with and learn from others, while developing visual communication skills and processes. It will help you in building confidence and independence ready for the next stage of your degree.

We aim to excite, engage and challenge you, pushing you to develop into a capable student with a great fashion and textiles aesthetic as well as an enthusiasm to learn. This four-year programme has been specifically designed to allow you to undertake additional level three study, to ensure you are successful on your chosen degree programme.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles.

Textile Design

Studying with us will provide you with the skills, insights and experiences required to succeed in a broad scope of professional textile related roles. By the end of your degree you will have a clear vision of where you fit in the industry and a tailored professional portfolio to take with you.

Our brand new hub for the arts in the thriving Eastside of the city has been purpose-built to stimulate creative minds within an open-access, contemporary studio environment. You will become a part of our lively and close-knit student community and be guided by an experienced and passionate team of staff who value the importance of getting to know you as an individual.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The programme reflects the diversity of contemporary textile practice. We pride ourselves not only on the quality of our graduates, but also the diversity of their work. We want you to be you!

Find your direction

With creativity at the heart of learning, you will develop core design and technical skills while gaining vital professional and industry awareness. The course is brimming with choice points to help you focus your experience as you clarify your personal interests.

You will be introduced to wide-ranging textile processes within the core technical areas of print, weave, knit and embroidery and embrace both digital technologies and traditional craft skills. The exciting potential of cross-disciplinary practice is supported and encouraged, giving you the option to either specialise or combine disciplines to take forward as your means of expression.

Career-focused teaching is designed to support you in identifying professional aspirations from the breadth of opportunity within textile design, and help you to further tailor your learning and portfolio towards them.

Having developed a distinctive and career-focused portfolio through the course, our unique Next Step module at the end of the final year bridges the gap between study and industry, allowing you time to put relevant strategies in place to help you achieve your ambitions with the support of the university network. 

Holly Lloyd Williams

Throughout the course we've learnt a variety of skills both creative and transferable. To open our minds and really 'think outside the box' is at the heart of our design work. Through our placements we undertook on the course, we have become more prepared and experienced and ready to adapt to working life and to reach the highest level of professionalism we wouldn't have achieved otherwise.

Holly Lloyd Williams

Why Choose Us?

  • Our graduates have taken up employment across the globe, working with leading companies such as Alexander McQueen, Liberty, Paperchase, Osborne & Little, John Lewis and many more.  
  • Work alongside award-winning academics and practitioners, who have exhibited at leading design shows and will share their extensive experience to help you achieve your ambitions. 
  • Belong in our creative community working with highly experienced academics and practitioners - award winners and exhibitors at leading design shows – who share their experiences to help you learn and achieve your ambitions.
  • Not only follow trends, but help to shape them as live briefs put you in touch with leaders in the field.
  • Benefit from our industry networks enabling you to work on exciting ‘extra-curricular’ projects, enabling you to grow your CV from your first year.
  • Study support, tutorial access and technical training exists throughout the modules, ready for you to access it when you need it.
  • The combination of workshop practice, exploring digital technology and traditional craft skills enables you to develop a personal and professionally relevant portfolio.

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    Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

    The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

    Open Days

    Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to explore our campus and facilities in person. You'll be able to hear more about your chosen subject area in our course talks.

    Next Open Days: Autumn 2022

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    Entry Requirements

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

    UK students
    Essential

    80 UCAS tariff points.

    At the point of entry, students will need Maths and English Language GCSEs grade 4 (C) or above.

    LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATIONS
    GCSE
    • GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above
    • GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)

    See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
    Scottish National 5
    • English Language at grade C or above
    • Maths at grade C or above
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

    IELTS

    6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band.
    Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
    A Level and Advanced VCE
    • CDD / 80 UCAS points
    • A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

    AS and AS VCE

    Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 80 pts

    Access to HE Diploma

    • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3.
    • Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
    • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present)
    • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
    • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010)
    MMP

    Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media)

    • Pass
    • Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

    IBO Certificate in Higher Level

    • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects
    • Considered with other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 80 UCAS Tariff Points
    • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
    • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall
    • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
    • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

    Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

    OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

    MMP

    Scottish Advanced Higher

    • Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
    • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD
    • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

    T-Levels

    Pass overall (C or above on the core)

    UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design

    Merit overall

    UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

    Merit overall

    UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

    Merit overall
    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.
    Extra information for EU/International students
    Essential
    EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements
    IELTS

    6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band.

    If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

    Mature Applicants

    Applications from mature students (21+) with alternative qualifications and/or considerable work experience will be considered on their merits.

    Fees & How to Apply

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    • International Student

    UK students

    Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

    Award: BA (Hons)

    Starting: Sep 2022

    • Mode
    • Duration
    • Fees

    International students

    Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

    Award: BA (Hons)

    Starting: Sep 2022

    • Mode
    • Duration
    • Fees
    • Full Time
    • 4 years
    • £13,500 in 2022/23

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

    Access to computer equipment

    You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

    Printing

    You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

    Field trips

    All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

    Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

    Key software

    You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

    Key subscriptions

    Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

    Free access to Rosetta Stone

    All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

    Basic materials for testing

    We will provide some basic threads/yarns/printing materials for initial testing and experimentation.

    Project materials (mandatory)

    This course includes project work that requires you to develop and produce a portfolio or collection. You'll be expected to provide the materials for use in your individual major projects; costs will vary depending on the materials selected, but is likely to be around £15 per module.

    Media consumable items (mandatory)

    This course requires the use of consumables, including a sketchbook for practical modules. You will also need to continue to add to your resource of art equipment when necessary.

    Specialist equipment (mandatory)

    This course requires the purchase of specialist equipment, including basic sewing equipment, scissors and drawing media (wet and dry).

    Excess printing (optional)

    Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

    Books (optional)

    All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

    Placement expenses (optional)

    If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

    Field trips (optional)

    This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

    Competition fees (optional)

    If you choose to particiapte in some external design competitions you may need to cover submission fees.

    External event expenses (optional)

    If you choose to exhibit or participate in an external event, you may need to budet for exhibition, accommodation and travel costs.

    Accommodation and living costs

    The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

    Places available to start in September 2022

    If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


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    International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

    Want to start in September 2023?

    You can apply via UCAS from September 2022.

    Portfolio Guidance

    You are not required to submit a portfolio for this course.

    Course in Depth

    Foundation year

    In your Foundation Year, you will gain a grounding in a variety of skills from each of our degree pathways, including blog writing, textile techniques, branding, creating garments and more. You will be able to explore the Fashion and Textiles workshops and CAD suites to pursue your individual interests.

    In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    Year one

    Guided and encouraged by an experienced teaching team, engaged in current research or practice, and through workshop experiences supported by e-learning, you investigate key areas of constructed textiles, embroidery, printed textiles and surface design before following your own specialist route in the first year of the course.

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    Year two

    In your second year, you explore trends and predictions in fashion and interior design, see the realities of the working world through a live project and a professional experience module, engage with business principles and have the option of an international study visit.

    In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

    Core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

    Year three

    Your final year gives you the opportunity to hone your portfolio and experience to suit your career ambitions through focused projects.

    In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

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    Course structure

    In your first year you will investigate drawing and idea generation preparing you to explore design challenges throughout the course. You will be introduced to our workshops to learn and sample in key areas of woven and knitted textiles, embroidery, printed textiles and surface design, exploring experimental textiles and colour techniques. 

    A contextual lecture / seminar programme provides you with knowledge of historic textiles and supports your own research and critical thinking skills. 

    In your second year, you explore textiles in relation to international industry and the broad career opportunities open to you as you learn to design in relation to the five career-focused teaching pathways:

    • Styling and Trend Forecasting
    • Contemporary Culture and Craft
    • Surface Pattern and Technologies
    • Bespoke Fashion Textiles
    • Retail and Promotion

    You will study market and client awareness, trends in both fashion and interior design sectors, commercial considerations with industry-facing projects as well as business principles, ethics and sustainability issues. You can choose to undertake a work placement or Collaborative Practice module, working alongside creative students from across the Faculty. We also have an optional international study visit.

    In the third year you continue with the design journey in relation to your chosen career pathway, creating a professional portfolio of design work and engaging in personal contextual research. In depth academic research and practical modules enable you to test and resolve creative briefs in relation to your professional ambitions.

    Our unique Next Step module prepares you and your graduate profile to bridge the gap between study and industry, whether as a designer maker, a trend Consultant, visual merchandiser, studio designer or in another relevant role.

    Find your direction. Learn a range of textile skills, including print, then specialise in your second year.

    The learning environment

    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.

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


    Studio activities

    Practical drawing sessions help to get design projects underway in a friendly and supportive environment, building your skills and confidence by sharing and learning as part of a peer group.

    We help to prepare you for the real world by running design projects as if in a commercial studio. With role-play sessions, reviews and critiques, you get the opportunities to test your professional networking skills, ready to take to your perfect job.

    Working alongside friends to learn and understand the subject of textiles in relation to the wider industry you will participate in seminars to discuss contemporary design issues, such as ethical fashion, global trends and international manufacturing, while working out what makes you tick.


    Foundation student project

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    Students on the Fashion and Textiles Foundation took part in The Signature Project where they used personal creative strategies to show off a range of skills and showcase their personal design style in preparation for the next step of their chosen degree.

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    Employability

    Enhancing your employability

    Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree is designed to ensure you have the skills, vision and creativity to appeal to a range of employers.

    With strong understanding and skills in traditional and digital design, you will become adept at a number of textile processes, including print, embroidery, weave and knit. You’ll also gain a clear vision of where you fit in the industry in order to build a strong personal and professional portfolio, using promotional and marketing skills you’ll be prepared to take to future job roles.


    Our Graduates

    Rebecca-Lewis-Textiles

    Rebecca Lewis

    Since graduating I have interned with Next menswear in the Print and Graphics Department. My internship with them came after my work was recognised at the 2018 New Designers exhibition, a hub for textile graduates to exhibit their work and make valuable contacts within the industry. The design department at Next contacted me directly after the exhibition and offered me the place.

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    Kate Hollowood

    My current role is designer maker and company director of my company, Kate Hollowood Design. I work for myself and am currently the only employee, meaning I am responsible for everything involved in running a creative business; from making accounts to following up leads and attending trade shows as well as admin, pricing, quotes, diary bookings, product development and marketing…. the list goes on!

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    Gabbie-Armstrong-Textiles

    Gabbie Armstrong

    I was lucky to have a part time job in the fashion industry during my final year at university. It wasn’t easy to juggle work and study commitments at the same time but I was dedicated to building my career as soon as I could.

    The trainee position at Outfit Fashion helped me to understand the company’s structure and the different roles I could have in the industry, but most importantly I learnt about applying the principles of buying/merchandising and design that I had been learning throughout the course. Once I graduated the position became a full time role and I was able to develop my skills within this field even further.

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    Chloe Frost

    Assistant Editor - Stylus

    Watch the video below to find out how Chloe's time on our BA (Hons) Textile Design course helped her discover her dream career.

    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.

    International

    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:

    Our international students

    Our course is perfectly suited to students from around the world as we approach textiles from an international viewpoint. Students share experiences and learn from each other, and the teaching focuses, where possible, on the international design industry, from trends to manufacturing contexts, preparing graduates for jobs in the global market. Graduates from the course have worked overseas including USA, Saudi Arabia, France, Laos, Sweden and Finland.

    Facilities & Staff

    Parkside and Curzon Buildings

    Our Facilities

    You’ll be based in our School of Fashion and Textiles, within The Parkside Building. The Parkside Building is part of our new multi-million pound City Centre Campus development in the heart of Birmingham's Eastside development.

    Our staff

    Louise Martin

    Foundation Year Course Director

    Louise’s Masters in textile design established the foundation for her design journey. From this platform, Louise started to build a career as an interior designer, regional design manager, stylist, and as a lecturer in fashion and textiles. Louise now has over 10 years' teaching experience as a lecturer. As a designer maker, Louise...

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    Natalie Martin

    Lecturer in Foundation Fashion and Textiles

    After graduating with BA (Hons) Fashion Design from BCU Natalie has worked with brands such as Joseph Turvey and Hades Knitwear as a freelance designer, production assistant and illustrator as well as working on show production for presentations at London Fashion Week Mens. Working hands-on with small, luxury brands has enabled her to gain a...

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