This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Art and Design
- City Campus
- Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
- Full-time; sandwich; part-time
- Programme leader:
- Deborah Southerland
- Key fact:
- Learn to create garments, accessories and textile collections for fashion and interiors through sustainably driven and digitally enabled design.
Page last updated 3 December 2018
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.
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.
Professional practice is key to this course and you'll carry out work engagement every year to develop your professional skills. Showcase and sell your design work at Premier Vision in Paris, the world's largest fashion textile trade show.
Our City Campus is a creative powerhouse. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.
Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.
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.
Follow UWE Fashion on Instagram.
Have a look at some of our students latest work in our 2018 Graduate Showcase.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Introduction to Fashion Textiles
- Exploring Practice in Fashion Textiles
- Professional Practice and Work Experience in Fashion Textiles 1
- Critical Perspectives.
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 four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
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.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
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 placements throughout the course, gaining valuable work experience and putting your learning in context.
Benefit from regular professional input from guest lecturers. Past speakers include Eric Bremner, Creative Director at MaxMara; Iain Ewing, Head of Design Womenswear and Accessories at John Lewis; Jenny Postle-Cope, Womenswear Designer at Missoni; Richard Malone, Fashion East; and Frances Walker, Creative Design Consultant of Menswear at French Connection.
As well as making sure that the course reflects industry, experts come in to present and deliver live briefs. Recent collaborative partners are Henri Lloyd, Cos, Topshop, Mulberry and Next Sourcing.
Showcase your work at Premier Vision Paris. Past students have exhibited fashion films, live presentations and live streaming at a variety of events.
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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year
The course is recognised by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council, and carries the Creative Skillset Tick indicating courses appropriate for a creative industries career.
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 to develop your professional skills.
If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work 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.
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.
Learn at our City Campus, with access to some of the best technical and creative resources in the country.
Construct garments in our industry standard sample and sewing room and 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 / Further study
Our graduates work across all areas of the fashion industry, taking on roles as textile, fashion and fashion product designers; product developers; pattern cutters and stylists; garment technologists; and fashion buyers.
Alternatively, you may choose a career in manufacturing, consultancy or decide to set up your own business.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13500|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1688|
Indicate Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||85|
Part Time Course
|Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to 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.
- Tariff points: 112
- 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.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component
- 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 two A-Levels.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.
Students of all ages and from all social backgrounds are recruited with a variety of qualifications including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A levels or equivalent qualification in Art and Design.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages.You will be required to submit an e-portfolio as part of this course.
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing one of our Art and Design foundation programmes.
Portfolio and selection session
Entry is based on portfolio and ability. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video.
All applicants are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability and understanding of fashion textiles.
The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their
- Communication, interaction and analytical skills
- Critical engagement with the discipline/ profession/ programme area
- Interest and motivation to study
Further details specific to the programme are outlined below.
The emphasis of your portfolio should be on be on quality rather than quantity and could include drawing, sketchbooks, research, idea development and work with colour and materials, as well as garments and finished textiles if you have them. Students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Interviews typically take place in January.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
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