Textile Design BDes (Hons) (and degree combinations)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Art & Design

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.

Work by Katy Birchall

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.

Still from textiles video

Textile Design Showreel from DJCAD students at the University of Dundee.

Related Courses

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.

Level 1

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.

Level 2

  • Material Matters
  • The 21st Century Designer or Co-Design in Action
  • Border Crossings
  • Change by Design or Playful Practices

Level 3

  • 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

Level 4

  • 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
  • buying
  • 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.
  • IKEA
  • Clinton Cards
  • English National Ballet
  • Ted Baker
  • Macys

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

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
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"
Other Qualifications
SQA A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
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 categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

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 NowTextile Design BDes (Hons)W231