School of Fashion and Textiles

We are the School of Fashion and Textiles and we inspire self-expression that enriches the development of individuals and the industry. It’s a belief that began through our involvement in the need for art and design during the industrial revolution, and continues today through our close connections, proximity and integral role in the sector.

Our courses address the global fashion and textiles industries and you will be welcomed into a creative, collaborative and international student community. Our academic and technical support staff are on hand to help you develop practical skills in our extensive range of modern workshops as you are encouraged to define what design means to you.


Foundation courses

Our Foundation Years offer you an additional year of study to ensure successful progression to your chosen degree.

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Undergraduate courses

Find out about our range of undergraduate courses, including Fashion Branding and Communication, and Textile Design.

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Postgraduate courses

Take a look at our postgraduate options at the School of Fashion and Textiles.

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For me, it is a way of telling the story. I love when I can feel a fabric or I can touch it and I can sense something. I feel like textiles are the way of telling my story because it's not just a degree where I'm creating my work, but it's more of a lifestyle. I really love what I do. 

I think it focuses a lot on how you have to develop your work up to that stage where you're then able to use it to get work and get a job.

For me was a way of bringing my characters to life. It allowed me to have the opportunity to create what I imagined in some sense.

My passion is the creating of different work. I really enjoy that aspect of textiles. 

The prints that I've done are inspired by the graffiti art that was showcased literally everywhere around Birmingham. If I heard someone say Birmingham, that is the most important thing. 

Having this exhibition is an amazing opportunity and I think it's very important. It just depends on you as a designer. I feel like having this exhibition is like a bonus point because you never know who comes to see your work. 

It's like on the opening night of there's a bunch of industry professionals that came to have a look and then there was awards. So it's that stepping block into talking about your work. 

Looking back at it now, BCU has developed skills that I've already learnt for sure, giving me new skills to be confident in myself. 

Because my story is all about, Hey, listen to me. You know, when people said, Hey, I understand your story. I really love what you've made, but that's more than enough for me. 

No one knows what the future is going to be, but my main goal is to go out into the industry and explore different routes and find where I'm feeling comfortable. I have no idea, but I'm always going to be the same. I'm going to be the weird kid drawing in the corner. 

About us

Hear from our tutors, current students and alumni for an insight into the specialist skills and industry awareness you could gain on our BA (Hons) Textile Design course and examples of where this could take you after graduation.

Open Days

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Our Blog

Check out our blog where we share our experiences, stories and the latest news from the School.

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Our Facilities

Take a look around some of the facilities and workshops that you’ll have access to.

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Our Expertise

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

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Five Reasons to study with us

Here are our top five reasons to choose our School of Fashion and Textiles for your undergraduate degree.

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Preparing yourportfolio

To support your application you may be asked to submit, or bring in, a portfolio. We've put together a range of useful tips and guidance to help you build one.

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Find your home from home at BCU. We offer eight halls of residence options, ranging from on-campus to inner-city living. You can take a virtual tour of each accommodation option to find the one for you.

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Student Support

From disability and mental health support to CV and job interview training, BCU ensures you have all you need during your time here – and beyond – to succeed and flourish in your studies and career.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. Come and be taught by our trailblazing academics and study in our innovative £340m facilities.

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