University of Derby

Textile Design University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Gold

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Learn to design and develop unique, imaginative fabrics for fashion, interiors and decorative surfaces, on one of the country’s top textile design degrees. You will be challenged, encouraged and celebrated.

Why choose this course?
Our students have scooped awards from New Designers, Selvedge and others, and have had work selected for the Ratti Foundation (Milan) and Texprint. We cover three creative areas – print, knit and weave – and teach you traditional making skills as well as new technology-based methods, so you can explore and experiment.

Is this course for you?
Could you develop textile work that startles or surprises? Are you ready to take risks, be imaginative and learn from your failures? If so, then you belong at Derby School of Arts.

How will you learn?
There’s a varied programme of learning, including projects, lectures, tutorials, debates, competitions, field visits, technical demonstrations and practical workshops. In your final year, there is a European fieldtrip – often, we go to Premiere Vision, Paris (a global fabric trade fair.)

Opportunities and experiences
You and your work will be highly visible because we enter national competitions and organise ‘live projects’: genuine work for clients. These can lead to excellent internships and summer placements. For example, a recent student spent her summer employed as a design intern by Sophie Steller Studio in London.

Careers and employability
Textile Design will prepare you for an exciting career in printed, knitted or woven textiles, working as a designer, buyer, merchandiser, stylist or illustrator. Previous students have gone on to hold design positions at Stephen and David Walters, Cristal Martin, Donna Karan and Boden. Another graduate founded Artsthread, the largest student global website, and continues to support our students.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W230
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,045 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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