Textile Design: Print and Surface Design with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Our Print and Surface Design option is perfect if you love drawing, but you are also intrigued by how pattern can transform a surface. You will explore the possibilities of image generation by working across hand and digital processes, and become confident with working with a range of dye and print technologies. You will uncover the potential of hybrid approaches, incorporating heat-treatment and laser-cutting technologies, testing out how pattern can work on a variety of material bases – textiles and beyond. You will become confident with creating different design compositions, and working with colour. Previous students on the course have secured placements at design studios, trend prediction companies and manufacturers and designer makers – companies (large and small) where pattern is key! Our graduates have gone on to work as Studio Designers, Designer Makers and Illustrators. 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 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 deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course code1027
Institution code B25
Campus nameParkside Building Campus
Campus codeC

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language & Maths Grade 4/C or above Must have been achieved at the point of application. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Key Skills level 2

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: Print and Surface Design with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS