Fashion and Textile Design BA (Hons)
BA Hons Fashion and Textile Design
If you’re ready to make your mark on the fashion world and unleash your creative ideas, this is the Fashion and Textile Design degree course for you.
You’ll be encouraged to explore your individuality as a designer, and to experiment and innovate with your use of textiles. You’ll develop your craft, whilst using the latest technologies and respecting the values of sustainable and ethical design principles.
This Fashion and Textile Design degree enables you to establish a career as a successful designer for the fashion and textile industry. Our course recognises your individual strengths, and supports you in becoming a confident and knowledgeable professional in your chosen field.
95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
What you'll experience
On this Fashion and Textile degree course, you’ll:
- Immerse yourself in the latest trends, cultures, techniques and technologies in the fashion and textile industry
- Have the opportunity to apply your creative skills to designing sustainable fashion
- Learn design methods including drawing techniques, pattern-cutting, fashion illustration, silkscreen and digital printing, embroidery and constructed textiles
- Use the professional software you’ll use in your career to bring your digital designs to life, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Lectra Kaledo
- Make use of our modern facilities and equipment, which include industrial sewing machines, laser cutting equipment, and Lectra Modaris, for digital pattern making with 3D prototyping
- Build your professional network with international guest lecturers fashion industry professionals, like Julian Roberts, Niccolo Casas and Shingo Sato
You can also:
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.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What can you do with a Fashion and Textile Design degree?
You could work in areas such as:
- fashion, textile or accessories design
- trend prediction
- visual merchandising
- teaching or lecturing
- journalism or writing
Previous students have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:
Previous students on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:
- Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS.com
- Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
- Digital Designing for Fashion and Textiles
- Core Skills: Fashion
- Core Skills: Textile
- Introduction to Visual Culture
- Studio Practice
There are no optional modules in this year.
- Designer-Led Brief
- Enterprise and Industry: Practice
- Enterprise and Industry: Experience
- Enterprise and Industry: Research
- Exploratory Practice
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- Visual Culture: Cult, Taste and Collecting
- Visual Culture: Performing Identity
- Visual Culture: Technology and the Image
- Visual Culture: Visions of the body
On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
- Major Project: Collection
- Major Project: Concept
- Major Project: Development
- Major Project: Resolution
- Visual Culture: Dissertation
- Visual Culture: Research Project
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The favourite part of my course is being able to focus on what you are passionate about and show that in your work. Our course doesn't have a set style that you have to follow like some other universities do, so you can really express yourself as much as you want!
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at designers such as:
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own fashion company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll have access to Creative Careers, a team based within the Faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement, if you need it.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- studio practice
There's an emphasis on developing your design and creative skills, challenging your creativity and encouraging participation in shaping the future of the fashion and textiles industry.
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Rachel Homewood, Principal Lecturer
Before joining the University, Rachel spent 13 successful years in the fashion industry, working on a variety of product design areas for major high street retailers, including womenswear and menswear. She also managed design teams at a number of UK and European brands.
Her cross-disciplinary research examines the interaction between fashion and textile design, and how emerging digital technologies can enrich the design and presentation process.
Christine Field, Senior Lecturer
Chris joined the University in 2004, after working at local Further Education Colleges and local community groups delivering taught sessions in pattern cutting, garment construction and other art subjects.
Chris' teaching continues to focus on creative and technical pattern cutting, and encourages students to fully realise their own design work. She is personal tutor and level 4 year co-ordinator, and module coordinator for our Core Skills Fashion and Textiles and Studio Practice modules.
Dr Elaine Igoe, Senior Lecturer
Elaine specialises in textile design for fashion and has worked as a freelance designer and stylist. Her work has been exhibited and sold internationally, including at London Fashion Week, trade fairs in Paris and Hong Kong and has been featured in leading trend publications, such as vogue.co.uk.
Elaine, who has also worked at the Royal College of Art, coordinates our activities in support of the Fashion Revolution campaign, and is the lead for our Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures Research and Innovation Group.
Lara Torres, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MA Fashion and Textiles
Lara's research sits at the intersection of fashion, fine arts and film practice and theory, and explores notions of an expanded field of fashion, critical fashion and fashion film practices in the 21st century.
Her work has been featured in international exhibitions, including 'The future of fashion is now' (2014/15) in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam; ‘Why-what-who: 10 years of fashion artefacts’ at the Venice Biennale (May 2018); and 'State of Fashion' at the Arnhem Fashion Biennale (July 2018) with her film ‘Unmaking’.
Sue Noble, Senior Lecturer
Susan’s expertise spans experimental drawing and image-making; printmaking, digital and traditional textile design; and textile craft techniques, particularly stitch. Her teaching combines her knowledge as a creative business owner and educator, and also focuses on entrepreneurial and business skills.
One of the many things her practice explores is the possibilities of narrative and illustrative textiles, using feminist literature and domestic artefacts, and her research explores how traditional domestic craft techniques are employed within academia and the design community.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- research and developmental work
- industry set briefs/live competitions
- fashion and/or textile collections
- digital designs and design boards
- making and construction skills
- group work
- written essays or reports
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
You'll need to pay extra printing costs of around £100–£600 on portfolio work.
Material and production costs are around £100–£500 a 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.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – W990
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.