• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Art & Design
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

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.

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
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design
GCE A-Level For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements 34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Graduate Entry
BTEC For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate For Level 1 entry, please see the BA/BDes Art & Design (General Foundation) programme for entry requirements 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
Other Qualifications Foundation course in Art & Design

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

How you will be taught

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 lecturestutorialsresearch and self-initiated projects.

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study

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

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 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.

Application Consideration Process

Following the UCAS application closing date, the academic staff team will assess ALL UCAS application forms received for entry to Textile Design and based on this information, will select candidates to attend interview to present their portfolio of work. A decision will be made on the basis of your interview/portfolio; you will be notified of this via UCAS Track.

You will be invited to attend interview, giving sufficient notice to enable you to make the relevant preparations/arrangements. Interviews are normally scheduled to commence early March but we will offer a later alternative date for those unable to attend the first round of interviews.  We strongly encourage ALL invited applicants to attend interview but if you are unable to attend due to distance, cost etc., we can arrange an interview via Skype/telephone at a mutually suitable time.

International Applicants

Selected international applicants will be invited, on the basis of the information within the UCAS application form, to submit a digital folio and may subsequently be interviewed via Skype/telephone.  Full details of the digital portfolio submission process will be provided as necessary.


The purpose of the interview is so you can learn more about the Textile Design course and whether this is the right course for you, to give you the opportunity to ask us questions in respect of teaching and learning.  This might include what work you are likely to undertake and how this will help with your future career aspirations.  It is also an opportunity for us to have a conversation to find out about your interests.

The interview will take around 20 minutes, however please allow at least one hour to be in the Textile Design department, as when possible, interviews are arranged on teaching days so you can meet and chat with current students in the studio environment. You will be taken on a tour of the department and will once again be able to ask any questions about the course, the city and studying in Dundee from the student perspective.


You will be required to bring your portfolio to the interview as you will have the opportunity to discuss your work with us.

Your portfolio can include a range of things that demonstrate your breadth of creative interests such as drawing, mark-making, photography, painting, computer work, fabric samples and sketchbooks.  The work contained within your portfolio should also demonstrate an awareness of colour, pattern, surface and scale.  Sketchbooks are regarded as being of great value in recording images and exploring ideas therefore it is important that you can discuss these with us.  Written work in the form of a project summary is also very welcome as it helps us understand the rationale for projects that you have already undertaken.

Digital Portfolio Guidelines

Please select 15 images based on the information provided below for your chosen specialist subject area.

You can also provide us with the URL of your blog, website and any on-line folio of creative work. We can look at this as well as review your images.

Process – your research & development

Show us how you research and develop your ideas in a sketchbook (or similar).  Show us your research and development, thought process related to a specific project or body of work. We are looking to see how you think through an idea / project / concept, how extensive your research is and how thoroughly you develop your visual or spatial research before arriving at the final outcome.

Try to demonstrate:

1. How you develop and retain the essence of your drawn research or mark making into finished design work.

2. How you explore colour, scale, pattern, structure and composition.

3. Your contextual or background research and subject (textiles) awareness.

4. Your range of media handling skills (paint, inks, pastels, pencil, collage, photography etc.)

Drawing & Documentation – creating primary research

How you look, observe and record visual information

Show a selection of drawing / drawing approaches from a source/s or projects of your choice.  Ideally these should exhibit a confident and varied handling of media whilst demonstrating strong observational skills i.e. the ability to observe, document  and explore (visually or spatially) your chosen source/s in order to extract information with potential for further development into a final outcome or solution.

Other forms of visual or spatial documentation such as photography fall into this category.

Try to demonstrate:

1. An awareness of scale and composition

2. An intelligent and varied use of colour

3. A general sense of visual enquiry within you drawings

4. Appropriate matching (or selection) of media with your chosen subject matter

Making & Materials – surfaces, structures & product

Evidence of an understanding or empathy with materials, surfaces, structures or artefacts

Try to demonstrate:

1. An awareness or empathy with fabric (and/or ‘other’ substrates such as paper, plastics etc.)

2. Your technical ability through the production of a final product / outcome

3. An interest in surface manipulation, applique, stitchery, embellishment etc.

Digital Folio Submission Format

jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, tif, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, png and bmp file types are allowed and each file size limit of 5Mb.

Movie files can be submitted providing links to youtube/vimeo or Quicktime movies.

Digital Folio Submission

You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.

If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowTextile Design BDes (Hons)W231