Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Textile Design: Embroidery with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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If you love the idea of using your creativity to build onto and into surfaces, working with a wide range of materials, our Embroidery option allows you to explore new possibilities in a subject with a rich and varied heritage. You will focus on exploring the materials and technologies that exist today. Alongside hand skills, including tambour beading and gold work, you become confident with using specialist digital embroidery software and equipment. You might work onto surfaces they have printed yourself, creating designs with rich surface qualities and dramatic compositions. The skillset you will develop is highly desirable within the luxury market, as well as in performance, illustration and visual merchandising. We value diversity and nurture curiosity, which are core beliefs reflected throughout this course. Embracing both digital technology and traditional craft skills, we encourage our students to develop their creativity, personal talents and professional awareness. All our students will be introduced to print, weave, embroidery and knit processes within the first semester to help you grow skills to develop textiles working methods. Your technical skills will develop throughout the course and you can shape your skills towards your career interests, focusing on one or more workshop practices as you progress through the three years. In second year, we teach in career-focused groups, reflecting the nature of contemporary employment needs within the industry. This provides you with further opportunity to tailor your learning experience in conversation with the academic staff team, in order to fulfil your own personal and professional aspirations. It also provide scope for a cross-disciplinary way of working which has become increasingly prominent within the field of Textile Design. The following career-focussed pathways that you can choose from in your second year reflect the breadth of professional opportunities that our graduates go on to pursue:

  • Styling and Trend Forecasting
  • Contemporary Culture and Craft
  • Surface Pattern and Technologies
  • Bespoke Fashion Textiles
  • Retail and Promotion
You will be taught by passionate and experienced tutors and supported by highly skilled technicians; many of which have their own practices in various fields relating to Textile Design. We regularly welcome guest speakers such as Katie Jones, Emma Shipley and Michael Angove to provide industry insight to aspiring students. Employability is at the heart of our course and students are actively supported and encouraged to participate in collaborative work, live projects, competitions and work placements to develop professional skills and experience. Students have recently undertaken work experience at companies such as Paperchase, Joules and Trend Bible. We actively foster links with industry and organisations including trend agencies, design studios and museums and galleries through collaborative projects equipping students with the skills appropriate for increasingly diverse career paths. Our stunning Parkside Building is a dynamic and creative open environment that stimulates collaboration and encourages cross-school working. Our students thrive on the creative buzz and inspiring surroundings within the heart of Birmingham, and enjoy open access to both traditional and state-of-the-art facilities. Our final year students get the opportunity to exhibit their final major projects at the ‘Inspired Festival,’ the end of year degree show at Birmingham City University and also have the chance to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition in London. The diverse and innovative range of work on show exemplifies the unique identity of the course. Our aim is that our graduates will complete the course as industry-ready, independent and highly employable designers who are confident about their career directions.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
1029
Institution code:
B25
Campus name:
Parkside Building Campus
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
73%
Student satisfaction
83%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
91%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Textile Design: Embroidery with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS