Textile Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This course is also offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? With a history of delivering expert craft, art and design education for more than 130 years, Buckinghamshire New University is the perfect place to start your creative career. Led by a dedicated and experienced course team, you’ll benefit from their industry knowledge and the industry links they bring to the course. You’ll get direct access to guest lectures, who are specialists in the sector, and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and networking opportunities. As a member of the British Fashion Council, UKFT and WGSN our students are supported by industry to reach their full potential. We’re also only 30 minutes by train into London, enabling you to visit exhibitions, shows and watch emerging styles from one of the world’s fashion capitals. Our fashion and textiles programmes are also ranked 3rd best in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2023). Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What facilities can I use? We’ve spent a lot of love and care making the Fashion and Textile Studios the perfect creative space and one of the best-equipped workshops in the country. We are extremely proud to be able to offer industry-standard studios, technical machines and high-quality equipment to our fashion and textile-based courses. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. This includes an in-house fabric and yarn store, screen printing facilities, a dye laboratory and sewing and garment production facilities. What will I study? Textile design is a fast-paced and engaging industry, this course allows you as a designer to work with a variety of different elements including colour, materials, pattern, structure and composition. Focussing on three core areas, print, knit and surface design, you’ll explore design led projects, here you’ll develop your research, drawing, colour, design and workshop technical skills. You'll get taster projects in each of the textile practices, and once you know which one suits your creativity most, you can start to specialise. Designed to provide a wide range of craft and digital making skill, this course will teach you the knowledge and skills you need for employment, whilst also giving you a deep understanding of theoretical, analytical and social contexts. The programme focuses on exploration of a range of creative and technical approaches, including innovative drawing methods, the use of trends, CAD for design and presentation, specialist techniques; including material knowledge and experimentation, as well as problem solving skills. Textile Design has a long and successful history of developing highly skilled and creative graduates from Buckinghamshire New University. The course team have a broad range of current industry practice, which enables a range of project opportunities, both, live and studio based that challenge you to be versatile and adaptable in this highly competitive industry. Upon graduation you’ll be a confident, highly skilled designer with an individual approach to your discipline, which will be reflected in your portfolio.


Foundation year Collaboration in Creative Practice Contextual Studies: Ideas, Concepts, Intro to Research & Writing Portfolio Introduction to Fashion, Textiles and Costume Design: Materials, Processes, Techniques Fashion/Textiles/Costume advanced skills/techniques Project Year one Core Modules Principles and Methods: Knit Principles and Methods: Print Principles and Methods: Surface Creative Technology Contextual Studies 1 Opportunity Modules 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Modules Design and Application Design and Innovation: Research Design and Innovation: Realisation Professional Studies for Textile Design Contextual Studies 2: Research Strategies Year three Core Modules Research and Development Final Major Project Professional Practice Creative and Professional Development Contextual Report on Practice

Assessment method

The BA (Hons) Textile Design degree encompasses a wide variety of teaching and learning methods. Most of this degree is studio-practice based, here we aim to create the ethos of a professional real-world environment. As Textile Design student you’ll have to complete a series of modules and projects during your time spent studying with us. Projects are designed to present new challenges to you as you progress through the course. By the end of your time with BNU, you’ll benefit from a full portfolio, and collection, to go to employers with. We also aim to provide masterclasses and industry brief opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding into real-world contexts, whilst gaining feedback from current industry-leaders. For previous projects, we've collaborated with Dulux, Gerflor, Tengri, Jane Bowler, Bradford Textiles and The Society of Dyers and Colourist, and many more. You’ll also be assessed though; 1:1 or small group tutorials, lectures and seminars, portfolio and presentations, written assessments, sketchbooks, group critiques and self-directed study.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15150 Year 1
International £15150 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

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Textile Design with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS