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BA(Hons)

Fashion Textiles (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
W23F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Art and Design
Campus:
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Deborah Southerland
Key fact:
Learn how to design and manufacture fabrics, garments and fashion related products and specialise in fashion design, textile design or fashion futures.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study fashion textiles?

Fashion and textiles are the UK's largest creative industries and are internationally renowned for quality and innovation.

Today's fashion and textile designers are exploring new forms and materials and rethinking what fashion can be.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles teaches you about fashion textile design: from designing and manufacturing fabrics through to garments and fashion related products.

Explore and develop concepts using technologies including digital print, digital embroidery and smart textiles. Discover the disciplines of fashion design and traditional craftsmanship by making garments, accessories and other fashion products.

Translate your ideas from 2D to 3D by building your pattern cutting skills throughout the course.

Specialise in fashion design, textile design or fashion futures, allowing you to develop your strengths and identify a career path that suits your ambitions.

Professional practice is key to this course and you'll carry out work engagement every year from year one onwards to develop your professional skills.

Learn from visiting industry experts in workshops. Work closely with industry partners to deliver live briefs, so you can apply your learning and gain real-world experience.

Showcase and sell your design work at Premier Vision in Paris, the world's largest fashion textile trade show.

Where can it take me?

Many of our graduates go on to successful careers with high profile companies like Mathew Williamson, All Saints, Cos and Victoria Beckham.

Choose from roles such as fashion designer, textile designer, studio manager, product developer, pattern cutter and fashion buyer.

Some graduates choose to set up their own business or go into postgraduate study and research.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Drawing and Making
  • Developmental Projects
  • Foundation Project
  • Academic Skills.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Fashion Textiles
  • Exploring Practice in Fashion Textiles
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Textiles 1
  • Critical Perspectives.

Year two

You will study:

  • Developing Practice in Fashion Textiles 1
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Textiles 2
  • Creative Analysis.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Developing Practice in Fashion Textiles 2
  • International Exchange*.

*This module is for incoming and outgoing international students only.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Preparation for Extended Study in Fashion Textiles 
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Textiles 3.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Extended Study in Fashion Textiles and Independent Research Project
  • Extended Study in Fashion Textiles (minor) and Extended Independent Research Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Learn in design studios and technical resource centres on this practice-based course.

Attend lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. Develop skills in visual and verbal presentation techniques through group and individual project work.

Take part in live projects, industry briefs and work experience throughout the course, gaining valuable work experience and putting your learning in context.

Benefit from regular professional input. As well as making sure that the course reflects industry, experts come in to present and deliver live briefs. Past speakers include experts from French Connection, Next, John Lewis, Henri Lloyd and Cos.

Showcase your work at Premier Vision Paris. Past students have exhibited fashion films, live presentations and live streaming.

Our Creative Industries Degree Show demonstrates our most exciting graduate work in art, design, filmmaking and media. We also encourage you to show work on and off-line throughout the course and will help you develop the skills to do this.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Read about Eleana Burrow's success at the prestigious Anne Tyrell Student Design Awards and London Fashion Week, and Joanna Robbins' win at the TEXPRINT Fashion Award 2016.

Watch the UWE Fashion Showcase and see our course blog.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
154%46%0%100%
245%55%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

There are no exams on this course and you'll be assessed through design-based course work, presentations, written assignments and research projects.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
00%75%25%100%
10%75%25%100%
20%75%25%100%
30%75%25%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Professional practice is key to this course and you'll do a work placement every year, from year one onwards, to develop your professional skills.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

You'll also build your network as you progress through the course. Past students have worked with fashion labels such as JW Anderson, Vivienne Westwood, Vera Wang and Harry Steadman.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Go on regular trips to London and other major cities so you can source new materials and conduct research in galleries, museums and archives.

Visit Premier Vision Paris and other field trips that support your creative and professional development.

Study facilities

Study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in your foundation year, and at our City Campus from year one onwards, with access to some of the best technical and creative resources in the country.

Construct garments in our industry standard sample and sewing room. Develop technical skills in knit and digital embroidery.

Access printed textiles rooms with facilities for screen print, dyeing, fabric manipulation, embellishment and decoration, plus digital, photo and heat transfer printing.

Experiment with materials, alternative forms and wearables in our physical making studios. Bring 2D ideas to life in our print centre, using the latest equipment for screen printing, etching, digital printing and lithography.   

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Our graduates work across all areas of the fashion industry, taking on roles such as design managers, product developers, pattern cutters and stylists.

Alternatively, you may choose a career in manufacturing, consultancy or decide to set up your own business.

Many graduates go on to do postgraduate degrees each year.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Follow UWE Fashion on Twitter and UWE Fashion on Instagram to see our success stories.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review.  We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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