Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Textile Design with Professional Placement

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Course summary

Create sustainable textiles using innovative & traditional techniques. On this future and sustainability-focused Textile Design degree, you’ll develop and explore your creative potential: cultivating insightful, original design thinking in an industry-linked studio environment, encompassing both digital and artisanal textile production processes. Supported by an academic and technical team of professional designers and makers, you’ll develop confidence, global awareness, technical expertise, critical judgement and self-reliance, articulated through your innovative and environmentally-conscious designs. You will have opportunities to collaborate with students on other degree courses such as fashion, photography and interiors, and be challenged to apply your knowledge of colour, pattern, weave, print and mixed media across a range of projects – becoming a champion for sustainable, ethical textiles. You will: Learn essential skills for woven, printed and mixed-media textiles, with sustainability embedded throughout Embrace artisanal, traditional craft methods – such as hand-dyeing using plants from our Dye Garden – alongside the latest mechanical and digital production techniques mirroring industry practice Work in fantastic facilities, using industry-standard kit such as industrial sewing machines, screen printing workshops, digital embroidery machines and weaving looms Take on live briefs set by companies such as Seasalt and The Natural Fibre Company, to add to your professional portfolio Study at one of only six universities supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, which offers individual scholarships and educational grants Have the chance to travel to events such as Première Vision, the international textile and trend forecasting show in Paris


Through this career-focused Textile Design degree, you’ll learn about technical process and production alongside environmental and sustainability issues surrounding the textile industry. You’ll learn how to design and make woven, printed and mixed media textiles for a broad range of outcomes, including fashion, interiors and one-off artefact. Preparing for your career, you’ll also learn how to innovate and take creative risks, communicate professionally, network and approach potential employers. Year one: The first year supports you to develop individual creative skills and a voice within textile design. The modules are designed to help you to become adept at deploying a range of textile production methods with consideration for responsible, environmentally sustainable design. In studio based practical projects, you'll be supported through tutorials and workshops with design development and technical textile processes. You'll learn to use professionally equipped studios to create constructed and surface design textiles.  Modules Colour and Pattern Belonging Responsible Material and Design Histories Year two: During your second year, you'll gain an understanding of the range of markets and audiences available to you, and learn to communicate your creative vision, concepts, and design narratives externally. You'll be encouraged to take creative risks, working with a range of techniques and share the development of your practice in regular group tutorials.  Advanced workshop processes are delivered in areas such as jacquard design, digital embroidery, and complex repeat design. The year is characterised by communication, collaboration and professional practice by working on live briefs and entering competitions. Modules Process Connection Responsible Production Collaboration Theories Year three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year four: Alongside writing your dissertation, you’ll create your own studio briefs in order to design and produce original textiles. This usually (but not exclusively) takes the form of collections of samples. You’ll also start creating your professional portfolio and other self-promotional materials, and have the chance to take part in the New Designers exhibition in London.. Modules Futures Investigations Innovate Identity The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

There is formative and summative feedback given throughout your studies to help you progress your skills. This Textile Design course is also assessed via portfolio, journals, reports and written assignments: Portfolio assignments include research, development, and production of textiles. Portfolios often consist of a sketchbook, technical files and textile outcomes presented on sheets or in an appropriate manner.   Journals are formal ways of documenting the technical development and outcomes of projects. Reports are used to describe your process and contribution on collaborative assignments. Written assignments are assessed essays, for your cultural studies modules. There is a one written assignment per year.  Dissertation or final-year project.

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  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk

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If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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