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Fashion Textiles (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Art and Design
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Four years
Programme leader:
Deborah Southerland
Key fact:
Learn how to design and manufacture fabrics, garments and fashion related products. Explore screen and digital print, knit, digital embroidery and smart textiles. Study pattern cutting and design and make garments and fashion products. Specialise in fashion design, textile design or fashion futures.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BA(Hons) 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 study this course?

During the first year of this course, you'll study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. From the second year of your course onwards, you'll be based at UWE Bristol's City Campus.

On this course, you will learn all about fashion textile design: from designing and manufacturing fabrics through to garments and fashion related products. You will explore and develop concepts using technologies including digital print, digital embroidery and smart textiles. Alongside, you will celebrate the disciplines of fashion design and traditional craftsmanship through making garments, accessories and other fashion products. To help translate your ideas from 2D to 3D, you will develop pattern cutting skills throughout the course.

As you progress, you can specialise in fashion design, textile design or fashion futures. This will enable you to develop your strengths and identify a career path that suits your ambitions.

Real world experience

Professional practice is a core element throughout the course and you will undertake a work placement each year. Industry experts and alumni come in to the design studios to teach, and we work closely with industry partners to deliver live briefs so you can apply your learning and gain 'real world' experience. You'll also have the opportunity to showcase and sell your design work at Premier Vision in Paris, the world's largest Fashion Textile Trade show.

Where it can take you

Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers with high profile companies including Mathew Williamson, All Saints, Cos and Victoria Beckham.These are in diverse roles such as fashion designers, textile designers, studio managers, product developers, pattern cutters and fashion buyers. Alternatively, some graduates choose to set up their own business or go into postgraduate study and research.

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

Watch the UWE Fashion film 2016 and see our course blog. You can also follow UWE Fashion on Twitter and UWE Fashion on Instagram to see more student work and success stories.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total), and focus on developing students as creative practitioners across the spectrum of art and design disciplines.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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 the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

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

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

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will select one from the following optional modules:

  • 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

This is a practice-based course, so you will learn in design studios and technical resource centres. Your teaching will include lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. Project work may be individual or collaborative, and you will develop skills in visual and verbal presentation techniques.

To help you gain valuable experience and put learning in context, you will take part in live projects, industry briefs and work experience throughout the course.

For more details see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.


There are no exams on this course, and assessment is through design-based course work, presentations, written assignments and research projects.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who gain work experience are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and professional networks, work experience will make you highly employable on graduation.

Professional practice is key to this course and you do a work placement every year to develop key professional skills. The Fashion Textile team promotes placements and internships so you can 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.


Throughout the course you will go on trips to London and other major cities so you can source new materials and conduct research in galleries, museums and archives. We regularly organise trips to Premier Vision Paris, and you will be encouraged to go on other field trips that support your creative and professional development.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you'll be studying at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus. During this year you'll have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course you'll be based at City Campus,with access to some of the best technical and creative resources in the country, enabling you to:

  • 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.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our staff are industry experts and have strong relationships with the fashion industry, so you will 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 industry experts from companies such as French Connection, Next, John Lewis, Henri Lloyd and Cos.

Showcase your work

We regularly showcase student and alumni work at Premier Vision Paris, and each year our graduates deliver a high profile showcasing event. In the past, this has included fashion films, live presentations and live streaming.

Our Creative Industries Degree Show showcases our most exciting graduate work in art, design, filmmaking and media. You are also encouraged to showcase work on and off-line throughout the course and will develop the skills to do this.

Fashion at UWE Bristol is a member of the Fashion and Textile Association.


Careers / Further study

Our fashion graduates go on to work across all areas of the fashion industry, taking on diverse roles such as design managers, product developers, pattern cutters and stylists. Alternatively, you may choose a career in manufacturing, consultancy or to set up your own business. Many graduates opt for further study, with some going on to postgraduate degrees each year.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service help you make the most of work experience opportunities. Providing guidance and support throughout your studies, UWE Careers Service offer CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

Graduate destinations
Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating - includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives, which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


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) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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

Please apply through UCAS.

Please see the general information about applications.

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