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Bring your visions to life in one of the most creative, exciting and biggest industries

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Ready to make your mark in the world of fashion?

Explore cultures, techniques and technologies and apply your creative skills to turn your design ideas into trendy, sustainable fashion.

What can you do with a Fashion and Textiles degree?

There’s no exact science that says what’s fashionable and trendy. But studying fashion and textiles will help you build a portfolio and make yourself known in the fashion world.

You'll use your creative flair to generate ideas and concepts for innovative clothing and interiors, turning paper into design. You'll master traditional and modern fashion design methods including drawing techniques. You'll collaborate with different people in lively design studios. You may even do a placement year to get invaluable work experience.

And fashion's most important trend yet: sustainability. 88% of consumers want brands that help them be more environmentally friendly, and you can be part of fashion's new wave of climate positive designers.

Why study Fashion and Textiles at university?

Hear from Fashion and Textile Design Graduate Lauren Chivers

Lauren graduated in 2018 with a Fashion and Textile degree from the University of Portsmouth. She is now a Self-Employed Fashion Designer with her own business. Find out what Lauren's role entails and how she’s applying the skills she learnt during her time at Portsmouth.

The ultimate aim of this course is to develop really well-rounded, ambitious, highly skilled and highly creative fashion and textile designers, ready to make an impact on the industry.

I've learnt to pattern cut, I've learnt to drape, I've learnt to print, I've learn how to use the 3D printer, and the fabric printing.

I never would have had the opportunity to do that without being here.

Everything seems more attainable now with all the skills that I have and especially with the placement year.

I've got a lot more confidence in making clothes and obviously without this course it seems impossible to be able to make your own collection.

The best thing about studying Fashion and Textiles at the University of Portsmouth is the sense of creative community that we have here, the way that the staff and students work together.

What careers can Fashion & Textile Design lead to?

Perhaps you have an interest in making fashion more sustainable, designing beautiful patterns for fabrics, or you want to start your own brand.

The exciting thing is you'll be going into a global industry, with opportunities to work abroad or with an international company. Employers range from top design studios to high street outlets and manufacturing operations – each with a range of opportunities in areas such as design, creation, buying, marketing and PR.

Jobs directly related to Fashion and Textiles

  • Fashion and textile designer
  • Retail buying, managing
  • Stylist
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Illustrator
  • Journalism and writing

Jobs where a Fashion and Textiles degree is useful

  • Graphic designer
  • Community arts worker
  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • Event manager
  • Public relations officer
  • Talent agent
  • Magazine editor

Get an insight into Fashion and Textiles Design with this repeating patterns challenge

This activity is all about designing and using repeating patterns within textile design. You can follow along to the 5-step video instructions and make your very own repeating pattern.

Materials needed:

  • A4 piece of white paper
  • Pen or pencil to draw with
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape – masking tape, sellotape or craft tape

Repeating patterns challenge

Fashion and Textile Design

Hear from students and get an introduction to what a repeating pattern is, how they're used in fashion and get ready to take part in your own repeating pattern challenge.

Repeating patterns challenge: all the steps

Find out what a repeating pattern is, how they're used in fashion and how you can take part in your own repeating pattern challenge.

Cut up the design, ready to begin repeating your pattern.

Rearrange and add to your design.

Rearrange your design once more, and add the last of your pattern.

Take a look at a finished repeated pattern, and consider how you might use yours within fashion and textile design.

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design Course Showreel 2021

From inspiration to innovation

Watch our 2021 graduates' impressive work and see the limitless creative possibilities of Fashion and Textile Design at Portsmouth.

Film by Sebastian Professional.