Textile design is a multidisciplinary course that fully integrates theory with practice through the medium of textiles. We focus on live issues and research-led teaching. Through this, you will use and develop your knowledge of craft, materials and design. This will allow you to demonstrate a critical understanding of textiles within the context of wearable and interior products. You will study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), part of the University of Dundee.
Textile Design at Dundee
Our students consider the huge range of ways textiles can be used within society.
overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015
Why study Textile Design at Dundee?
Textile design at Dundee offers you the opportunity to investigate textile design in a broad sense. We will encourage you to consider both the practical and relevant way society uses textiles.
You will learn and develop visual and practical skills. You will do this through making and exploring a diverse range of materials. The course will expose you to cutting edge technologies. These will enhance your making processes. This will help you to build excellent technical, sensory and aesthetic knowledge. Applying this to colour, structure, pattern and texture in your work.
We develop students who, through a range of applications, can contextualise practical knowledge and the decorative philosophy that is inherent within textile design. This includes developing innovative design ideas and prototypes for industry. It also involves exploring the ways that practical knowledge can help solve problems such as sustainability, the ageing population and crime.
Textiles are synonymous with domesticity and the body, but we will encourage you to look at them in the broadest sense. You will be actively encouraged to challenge perceived definitions within these traditional parameters and beyond.
Did You Know?
- Graduate Hayley Scanlan won Young Designer of the Year at the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- think assertively for yourself
- understand what you have learned on your course
- express design ideas in a professional way
- demonstrate a confident and appropriate use of a range of textile processes and materials
- understand how textile design is applied in a contemporary context
Who should study Textile Design?
- are creative
- are interested in design
- are interested in researching past and present textile design areas
- enjoy drawing and photography
- are interested in exploring all sorts of materials
- like to make things using hands/technology/machinery
- like to engage with contemporary culture i.e. fashion, trends and technologies
You want to:
- learn how to design
- have a career in a textiles related field
- develop yourself in a supportive environment
- be part of an exciting university with great student facilities
Learn more about DJCAD
For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the DJCAD website.
- Art Design General
- Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices
- Digital Interaction Design
- Fine Art (Digital Media, Drawing & Painting, Print
- Graphic Design
- Interior Environmental Design
- Jewellery and Metal Design
- Product Design
- Time Based Art & Digital Film
One-to-one tuition and small group discussions and critiques are the most important features of teaching which provide essential dialogue between students and staff.
Learning occurs within a dynamic open studio where social interaction, peer and group learning and inter-year participation contributes to a stimulating environment. You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, research and self-initiated projects.
Students can enter Textile Design after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply for course W231). This is normal for many art and design courses.
In the Art and Design (General Foundation) course you will learn the core values which will enrich and expand your personal visual language, preparing you nicely for a further 3 years in Textile Design.
- Material Matters
- The 21st Century Designer or Co-Design in Action
- Border Crossings
- Change by Design or Playful Practices
- Partnerships, Networks and Connections 1 and 2
- Overseas Study Trip
- Alternative Futures elective study option (Research and creative practice, Design and the market, Design and international contexts: Made in China)
- Elective modules such as Advertising and Branding, Critical Making, Design for a Living Planet
- Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution
- Alternative Futures elective study option
- Design in Action Honours Project
Project work is reviewed at the conclusion of modules and assessed at the end of each level. Some theoretical designs are assessed by supporting essays and exams.
Our programmes of study prepare graduates for employment in a wide range of careers or to progress into postgraduate study. Placements, live project work and participation in national and international competitions all hone the employability and aspirations of our students.
Graduates from BDes (Hons) Textile Design have gone on to have successful careers in the following fields:
- designers for fashion and interior products
- surface designers for cloth, ceramic and paper products
- trend forecasting
- book illustration
- theatre costume design
- textile conservation
- art therapy
- arts administration
- design education
- develop own business
Our graduates have gone on to provide work for companies such as:
- Levi Strauss and Co.
- Clinton Cards
- English National Ballet
- Ted Baker
Lynsey Coke, Graduate
"Having visited Duncan of Jordanstone on an open day, I was completely drawn to the lively atmosphere and bustle of the student community. Throughout my three years at Duncan of Jordanstone, I enjoyed being taught by industry professionals. I believe it is extremely important to learn about the industry you are entering whilst studying at University. As well as the great tutoring, there are great facilities within DJCAD. The Textiles department is vast, has hi-spec equipment and lets you experiment with their wide range of facilities such as the Laser cutter or tremendous print room."
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
All applicants must submit a comprehensive portfolio of art and design work. The qualifications listed may be modified for an applicant presenting an exceptional portfolio.
Students are selected by assessing the contents of a portfolio of work that should convey a measure of creative, practical skill and intellectual/enthusiastic engagement in the practice of art and design.
Courses starting 2016
|SQA Advanced Higher||BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects|
|IB Diploma||34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)|
|Essential Subjects||Art and Design, or related subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, IB Higher Level), an appropriate literate subject (at SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level) and one other subject outside art & design subjects (at SQA Higher, GCE A Level, IB Higher Level).|
|EU & International||Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country"""|
|SQA||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with BB at Advanced Higher|
|EDEXCEL||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB|
|European Baccalaureate||75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject|
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2015|
|Scottish students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
On this course the students learn how to design the material itself. But to do this they must also understand the context in which their material products will be used. This might be something that is worn, or used for lighting or a pattern that is projected.
Not necessarily. We encourage students to experiment with a huge range of materials and technologies. This means plastics, wool, paper, wires, fibre optics etc. It really does depend on what you are designing for.
Students have a wide range of differing strengths on the course and this makes for a lively studio environment. A healthy curiosity for the subject area itself is beneficial and a strong desire to interpret what you see around you through drawing and making.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Textile Design BDes (Hons)||W231|