Studying fashion and textile design at the University of Portsmouth you can expect to develop distinctive, creative, industry relevant design expertise, making you an attractive candidate for a wide range of employment opportunities. We offer a unique educational experience that integrates fashion and textile design processes with business knowledge.
We are ranked 8th in The Guardian's University League tables 2018 for fashion and textiles.
On this course you can:
Also view our virtual catwalk - the 2016 graduate showcase.
Our graduates are working internationally, shaping the industry in a broad range of related employment including running their own fashion and textile labels. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
The highlight of this course has to be being able to work alongside actual designers and companies in the industry.
Abeda Siddique, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design student 2015
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
Your first year focuses on the development of core specialist skills such as drawing, digital design, research, pattern-cutting and construction techniques. You will explore and demonstrate these skills as you create your own fashion and textile designs. Core units in this year include:
You will experience a range of industry and enterprise-focused units that include trend forecasting, designer collaborations and the setting up of your own fashion and textiles label. You can decide whether you wish to specialise in either fashion or textiles or continue to study both.
Core units in this year include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
You will develop a distinctive and professional portfolio of fashion and/or textiles collections originated through self-initiated research or major design competition briefs, setting you up to achieve your own personal career ambitions.
Core units in this year include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement).
Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:
We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree. You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment. The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.
Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.
To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.
Our principle focus is on the student’s holistic learning of the complete design process and the acquisition of specialist skills that are relevant to the industry. You’ll be taught how to develop an original design aesthetic and your creative potential will be challenged and encouraged throughout your study. Our teaching principles are centred on a profound respect for traditional studio practice and craftsmanship supported by research led teaching. Our curriculum is enhanced by visiting lecturers, speakers and industry leaders; allowing our students to participate in and shape the most current trend forecasts and debates pertinent to the fashion and textiles industry.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
There are no exams on this course and learning becomes more independent as the course progresses.
Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Fashion and Textile Design
Our students’ work is diverse and individual; from trend-aware and commercial to trend-setting and conceptual. We nurture an enterprising approach to fashion and textile design in our students, encouraging them to network through live projects, competitions and opportunities for work placements. We are extremely proud of our multi-skilled, highly employable graduates.
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Our bright and modern design studio offers excellent access to workshop facilities and is a creative, buzzing atmosphere where you will interact with staff and other students. Alongside this, the Eldon Production Centre offers lazercutting, 3D printing and digital fabric printing. The photographic workshops and computer suites are very well equipped, including Macs and PCs running up-to-date industry-standard software.
Our excellent workshops can cater to whatever project you are working on, all supported by skilled technicians. The sewing workshop provides pattern-cutting facilities, a range of industrial sewing machines including digital embroidery, while the fabric print workshop allows you to explore a range of textile techniques.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
We arrange a diverse programme of guest speakers to encourage aspiration and industry awareness. Recent speakers include: David Longshaw (Fashion Designer), Caryn Franklin (Journalist and Fashion Commentator), WGSN (Trend Forecasting Company), Federica Tedeschi (Textile Designer).
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
You will incur extra printing costs on portfolio work of around £100 - £600. Material and production costs vary from around £100 - £500 per year.
Any study trips are optional and you will be expected to pay full cost. Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £200 - £800. UK trips, where offered, will be £50 - £150.
Our graduates are pursuing exciting careers in a variety of jobs. They are working as fashion and textile designer, buyers, stylists, in fashion promotion and marketing to name a few. The enterprise element of this course equips our graduates to set up their own creative design businesses. Graduates from this course have been successful in finding work with these international companies:
Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Mia Mai, a unique and charming local design label was founded in 2007 by University of Portsmouth graduate Ami Lowman. Ami, who left Portsmouth with a first in BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design had so many ideas of her own and a drive to succeed that working for someone else was simply not an option. Mia Mai was to act as a showcase of her inspirations and passion, and since launching Mia Mai has debuted customised vintage collections, bespoke lingerie design, jewellery and illustrative artwork.
You can keep up to date with all the recent work Ami is creating on her Mia Mai website.
BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design graduate
My course was designed to make you think about the real world. In the final year we had to create a project with a strong brand identity and that’s when the idea of Mia Mai began. Now when people buy something Mia Mai, they are buying a piece of me, my ideas, my drawings.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.