Fashion and Textiles blog

Preparing for the Textile Design course

If you are looking to join the Textile Design  course , look no further for tips and ideas on how to prepare for your course over the summer. We’ve come up with a range of options for you to explore and get you uni ready.

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Placement profile: Buyer at Primark Head Office

Georgina Fradgley, Fashion Business and Promotion student, talks to us about her placement at Primark Head Office.

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Working with Lady Gaga's designer at London Fashion Week

Fashion Business and Promotion  student Tara Warby has gained “invaluable” experience working on the On|Off showcase ...

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What does the future of the Fashion Industry look like?

Each year, the competition among Fashion and Textiles students intensifies as they strive to produce the most captivat...

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Student works at first real-time virtual fashion show at London Fashion Week

Head of the Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles, Lee Lapthorne, held the first ever real-time virtual fashion...

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What does the future of the Retail and Textiles industry look like?

On average, a person throws away 37kg of clothes a year, should we be blaming the big retail brands or ourselves?

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Fashion Branding and Communication students work on live brief with SilkFred

  As part of their course work, Fashion Branding and Communication students had the exciting opportunity to work with ...

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Red Dress Project

The Red Dress Project originally conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod, provides a creative artistic platform usi...

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Fashion Design students showcase work at Harvey Nichols

See the work of our talented Fashion Design students, which was displayed at Harvey Nichols in The Mailbox, Birmingham....

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Students design dream costumes

Two Foundation Fashion and Textiles students have designed and made costumes for the production of Midsummer Night’s D...

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New Designers win for Textiles graduate

Following on from Inspired Festival , dozens of creative students flocked to New Designers, a two-week long exhibition...

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Fashion Design student wins Childrenswear award at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

Garance Priez , a Fashion Design student, kickstarted her career at Graduate Fashion Week among industry professi...

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Tia Parmar: My First Year in Industry

Tia graduated with a BA (Hons) Textile Design degree from BCU and currently works at the University as a Graduate Techn...

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Fashioning Futures team launch Growth Garden initiative

‘The Growth Garden’ is a new initiative within the School of Fashion and Textiles, as part of a move towards more natur...

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How to prepare for your Master’s at the School of Fashion and Textiles

Starting your postgraduate studies with us soon? We're looking forward to welcoming you! If you want to get a head star...

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5 reasons why you should come to our Fashion and Textiles Open Day

Open Days are a great opportunity for you to experience a little bit of life as a BCU student. Take a look at why they'...

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Student Support Services

We want you to be as successful whilst studying with us as possible. That's why we offer a variety of support. This blo...

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How we made the costumes for Birmingham 2022 festival

Costume design students give us an insight into how they worked on the outfits for Birmingham 2022 Festival.

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Why you should study fashion and textiles in Birmingham

The UK is known for its historical fashion roots, from Victorian to punk; but what about Birmingham? There are plenty o...

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BCU Ohana Magazine Society: Student Stories

Are you an aspiring writer, illustrator or social media manager? The Ohana Magazine society is perfect for you! It aim...

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Students develop new campaigns with Lounge Underwear

Fashion students have collaborated with one of the biggest brands - Lounge Underwear - to develop new campaigns to empo...

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My fashion design and textiles foundation experience

Todd Green joined Birmingham City University’s School of Fashion and Textiles to study BA (Hons) Fashion Desi...

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How a foundation year prepared me for my fashion degree

Lucy shares her experience as a foundation student and how the course provided her with a range of skills to prepare fo...

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Which Fashion and Textiles course is right for you?

Need some help deciding? Take our quick quiz at the bottom of the page to find out which fashion-based course would sui...

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Why postgraduate study was the right choice for me

MA Fashion Promotion student Charlotte Chambers tells us about her experience as a postgraduate student and how it has ...

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My placement with Amtico Flooring

Textile Design student Keely Russell talks to Amtico's Design Manager Sarah Escott about her placement with the company...

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10 sustainable fashion Instagram accounts you should be following

We've selected some of our favourite Instagrammers who are known for championing vintage and second hand pieces over ne...

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10 Things to Watch on Netflix If You Love Fashion or Textiles

If you’re searching for something new to watch on Netflix but find yourself endlessly scrolling, we have rounded up a ...

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10 Fashion and Textile Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

If you find yourself getting lost on your Instagram feed daily in need of something new, we’ve gathered ten of the mos...

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Meet Mahawa Keita, Winner of 2021's Textile Design Creative Spirit Award

Get to know the recipient of BCU's 2021 Textiles Creative Spirit Award.

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BCU Textile Design Awards 2021

The BA (Hons) Textile Design staff team were proud to present their Textile Design ‘Class of 2021’ at a celebratory eve...

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What to Expect in Your First Year Studying BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion

Jack Avery joined Birmingham City University’s School of Fashion and Textiles , to study BA (Hons) Fashion Bus...

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My Work Experience Placement at Grayling PR

Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Business & Promotion student, Tom Pleydell undertook an exciting two-month work placemen...

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Why Should I Do a Foundation Year? Q&A with Course Director Louise Martin

We caught up with Course Director Louise Martin to find out why you should consider doing Foundation year in Fashion an...

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17 BCU Creatives Launch Ohana Magazine

Ohana Magazine has been built entirely online by 17 BCU creatives, from the School of Fashion and Textiles , School ...

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What can I do to prepare for my course at the School of Fashion and Textiles?

If you are looking to join the School of Fashion and Textiles this September, look no further for tips and ideas...

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What can I do with a degree in Fashion or Textiles?

Studying in the School of Fashion and Textiles, you’ll be taught by award-winning academics with a wealth of industry e...

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Preparing for University with Student Success Advisor Miriam Bruton

School of Fashion Textiles Student Success Advisor, Miriam Bruton, gives her tips for preparing for university.

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8 of the Best Fashion Podcasts

Whether you’re looking for light-hearted chat or a more in-depth conversation, there’s something for everyone looking ...

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The Importance of Wellbeing for Textile Artists and Makers

Textile Design student Jade Durling discusses how textile projects have become an important source of mindfulness durin...

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How Will Trend Forecasting Look Post-Covid?

Textile Design student Edita Sedoikina considers the effects of the pandemic on Trend Forecasters and how their roles h...

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Shaping the Future of Fashion Education

Laura Arrowsmith discusses the changing nature of fashion education and the importance of keeping in touch with the evo...

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Embracing the Female Family with Lounge Underwear

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding and Communication student, Carina Coelho, tells us about working on a live brief with Lounge...

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Do High Street brands have a place at Fashion Week?

With a Virtual London Fashion Week looming, Sophie Johnson, questions whether the fashion week stage is the right place...

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I Want to Open People’s Minds to What Embroidery Can Be

Nahida Mahmood, Senior Embroidery Technician, discusses her recent award success. 

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Exploring Sustainable Fashion with European Partners

Two final year Fashion Design students recently took part in MODA-FAD’s annual Sustainable Challenge. 

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Superdry Sustainability Challenge for Fashion Design Students

This semester, BA (Hons) Fashion Design students teamed up with contemporary clothing brand Superdry in a sustainabilit...

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Why Harry Styles' gender-fluid fashion is important

Lecturer Laura Arrowsmith reflects on the changing face of gendered fashion and what that could mean for leading retai...

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Shortlisted for GFW 2020: Tara McReynolds

Find out about (BA) Fashion Business and Promotion student Tara McReynold's Instagreen project.

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Why a foundation year was the best choice for me

Learn about Anna’s journey from foundation year to BA, and the support and experience she gained along the way!

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The Signature Project

Foundation Fashion and Textiles students use creative strategies to showcase their personal design style. 

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Top Tips for starting Fashion Business and Promotion

Starting University is the first step in achieving your future career. While this may seem nerve-racking, it’s also th...

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From foundation year to BA

Learn about Jasmine-Shah Miah's journey from foundation year to BA  Fashion Branding & Communication. 

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How has COVID-19 affected our Fashion students' end of year studies?

While many fashion students are disappointed at having their final shows cancelled because of the pandemic, BCU’s Shan...

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Shortlisted for GFW: Hannah Greenway

(BA) Fashion Business and Promotion student Hannah talks about her inspiration for her final year project which led he...

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Lock in with fashion and textiles

We know this is an unusual time for everyone and thought you might be struggling to find things to do whilst you’re st...

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Shop savvy, save the planet

Oxfam’s Second Hand September is a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact on fashion, and i...

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My final year studying Textile Design

Textile Design graduate, Eleanor Brown secures invaluable experience in a world-renowned company, Amtico.

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Alumni spotlight: Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis, BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, shares what she’s been up to since graduation and gives her top tips ...

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Staff profile: Annette Clarke

Take a look at Annette's career highlights and top tips for future students thing about studying fashion at BCU.

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How I got to speak at the Change the World Model United Nations in New York

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student Claudia Ferraretto speaks at an international conference...

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Graduate Fashion Week: Meet our winners

40 universities showcase portfolios at the world's largest showcase of undergraduate fashion talent. 

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Gabbie Armstrong: My next step in industry

Gabbie worked part time as an in-store trainee Visual Merchandiser at Outfit Fashion during her final year at BCU. Gett...

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Short Course Spotlight: Trend Forecasting

Tutor Els Dragt, tells us her top five reasons to take our Trend Forecasting short course. 

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Short Course Spotlight: Visual Merchandising

Tutor Vita Woods tells us her top five reasons to take our Visual Merchandising short course. 

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Recognised by Industry: Textile Design Awards

Recently our final year BA Textiles Students were treated to a whole day packed full of industry insights which include...

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Ten Week Project with Style Birmingham

Find out what happened when our students did a 10-week project with Style Birmingham.

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Alumni Spotlight: Amelia Frost

Amelia Frost, BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate, specialised in printed textiles and surface pattern.

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Alumni spotlight: Steph Hutchins

BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Steph shares her global experience and top tips.

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Alumni Spotlight: Charnice Blaize

Meet Charnice Blaize, Graduate Fashion Week winner  and Cultural Marketing Coordinator at ASOS.

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How I secured a scholarship in Morocco and became a visiting tutor after graduating

Fashion design graduate, Holly Jayne Smith, tells us how she secured a scholarship in Morocco.

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Crazy in love with embroidery: my work on Beyonce's costume

"Surreal” is the one word used by 20 year old Rosie Gee to describe the incredible opportunity she recently embarked on...

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MA Fashion and Textiles: highlights of the year so far

Our calendar is always jam-packed with activities and this year has been no different; from inspiring studio visits to ...

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Seven weeks in a South of France Chateau; my unique industry placement

 BA (Hons) Textiles and design student  Isobel  Smith spends seven weeks in South of France.

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My award winning collection was scouted on Instagram

Take a look at how Bethany's collection was scouted for a fashion show after being discovered on Instagram.

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My placement with a multi-disciplinary artist

Rebecca Day tells us more about her two-week placement with multi-disciplinary artist Lizzie King.

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Graduate Fashion Week New Media Award Winner

Take a look at how BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion graduate Rebecca won the prestigious prize.

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Behind the scenes at Graduate Fashion week

Graduate Fashion week is at the top of the radar for students aspiring to be a part of the fashion industry.

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Designing for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Check out what final-year School of Fashion and Textiles student Atena Ameri learned during her placement year.

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Creating a clothing range for George Asda

Find out more about the live brief BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion students worked on.

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My industry placement with H&M

BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Josephine tells us about working overseas with the high street retailer.

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Industry expert, Pete Tarrant, delivers digital embroidery masterclass

Find out how students worked with Pete to develop their knowledge of the industry digital embroidery program, Wilcom.

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A decade of fundraising and student excellence

 See how students have worked with charities as part of their Events Management module.

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Which Textile Design Career is Right for You

BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate Sophie shows us the career paths that are accessible with a textiles degree.

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Staff profile: Zoë Hillyard

Take a look at her career highlights so far and her tips for students studying BA (Hons) Textile Design.

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Silk in South Asia

BA (Hons) Textile Design graduate Bronagh Teague spoke to us about developing textiles for design giant, Jim Thompson ...

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Rosie Red brings bespoke bridal wear to London Fashion Week

Fashion Design graduate Rosie Dennington showcased her Wanderlust collection at London Fashion Week.

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Kate Hollowood wins Gold at London Design Awards

Textile Design Graduate, Kate, spoke to us about her recent win and how she’s developed her brand.

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Rhys Ellis debuts second collection: White Horses

Fashion Design graduate Rhys unveiled his Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London’s Dray Walk Gallery.

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Balancing Tensions – What do you treasure?

Embroidery Lecturer and Textile Artist Zoë Hillyard recently curated her first Solo Exhibition ‘Balancing Tensions’.

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Dream of your own fashion business? Final year student Paige is setting hers up right now

Paige is using the trend-forecasting and styling skills she’s learned to set up her own publishing business.

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Backstage at London’s Graduate Fashion Week

BA (Hons) Fashion Design Lecturer Jason takes us behind the scenes of Graduate Fashion Week. 

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Fashion Business and Promotion student Charnice wins big at GFW 2017

Take a look at how Charnice won the ASOS Future Talent Award for Communication.

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How to get a first in every project and why first year matters with Charnice

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student Charnice shares her top tips with first-year student Serlait.

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Life as an Influencer – My industry placement with ‘She Wears Fashion’

Read about Elle's experience of working with Fashion Blogger Kavita Donkersley, and her top placement tips!

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Reproducing the 1845 Honeysuckle dress

Grace tells us about working with a real historical dress for the 'Cabinets of Costume' exhibition.

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My Final Major Project for BA (Hons) Textile Design

Lauren takes us through her Final Major Project for BA (Hons) Textile Design and tells us what she's learned.

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Landing a finalist spot in the 2017 Fashion Awareness Direct competition with Missoni

How I made the finalist shortlist for the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition with Missoni.

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5 things I learned about myself on industry placement at Next

We caught up with second year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student about her industry placement at Next.

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Oh, la la Paris!

First year BA (Hons) Textile Design student Chloe Watling tells us more about her study trip to Paris.

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Interning at LOOK magazine!

Find out more about Beth's exciting internship with LOOK magazine and her top tips for securing a placement.

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