Textile Design at University of Southampton - UCAS

Course summary

Explore our specialist arts campus: One of only a few specialist art schools in the Russell Group, you’ll be inspired to create in our purpose built studios and workshops and learn with expert creative practitioners at Winchester School of Art (WSA), part our University of Southampton community and just one hour from London. You’ll have industry exposure through guest lectures, work on live briefs with companies, explore work placements and internships where graduates have gone on to set up their own design labels or work at prestigious brands across the globe including Selfridges, Saatchi & Saatchi, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, ASOS, Nike and Apple. You’ll be prepared for a wide range of creative careers where 93% of Arts graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2020/2021, published in 2023). Study BA Textile Design: Whether you’re interested in textiles for fashion, interiors, or products, BA Textile Design will nurture your creative, practical and professional skills. Learn to create contemporary textiles using first-class digital and traditional knit, print and weave facilities. You’ll learn how to become a textile designer and gain industry experience throughout your studies. You’ll explore different aspects of textile design in your first year, then choose to specialise in woven, knitted or printed textiles for the rest of your degree. You'll engage with industry and deepen your design practice in the second year, before you define yourself as a designer in your final year. We also strongly emphasise the future of the textiles industry, by exploring current issues such as sustainability. You’ll study at a vibrant, creative art school with superb equipment including three Shima Seiki computerised knitting machines and hand operated knitting machines; an industry-standard Mimaki fabric printer and a screen printing lab; a variety of looms, including an electronic dobby loom; CAD software packages; and 3D printing and laser cutting. As part of your degree you’ll work on live briefs with businesses in the industry and take part on industry design competitions. You can also choose to take a year in employment or study overseas for a semester.


You will study a variety of topics that cover the fundamental aspects of Textile Design and you will have the opportunity to tailor your course to your interests by choosing some of your modules. Some of the modules you may study include Textiles, Materials and Design; Traditional and Digital Textile Processes; Creative Futures; Textile Design: Directions; Professional and Industry Contexts for Textiles. For further module information visit https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/textile-design-degree-ba#modules

Assessment method

You’ll learn through creative studio-based assignments, supported by practical workshops, developing the research and practical skills that will prepare you for your future career. You’ll also attend lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and group tutorials. Additional learning opportunities include interdisciplinary design projects and workshops, and visits to design studios and textile manufacturers in the UK and overseas. Formative feedback is given throughout the course, enabling you to identify strengths and areas for improvement before your work is formally assessed. You’ll be assessed through coursework, which will include your portfolio, academic and reflective writing assignments and your final major project pieces. Students who take the industry placement option are required to complete a project and write a report, and we receive a report on each student’s performance from the placement company. If you take the study abroad option, we will assess the work you do while at the overseas institution.

How to apply

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Winchester School of Art
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/international/your-country.page

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition to those qualifications listed, we also accept a pass in an Art & Design foundation programme. We welcome applicants with other qualifications eg. European Baccalaureate. You will be expected to attain an A level equivalent standard. The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements. For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Admissions Team at [email protected]

Additional entry requirements


Applicants who are based outside the UK and whose academic qualifications meet (or are on track to meet) our entry requirements will be required to send us a portfolio of their work. Portfolios will be requested by email after an application has been reviewed. Portfolio guidance sheets can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsa/undergraduate/apply.page

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £22300 Year 1
EU £22300 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Textile Design at University of Southampton - UCAS