Flexibility within the programme allows you to develop a personal creative 'language' in undertaking your work. Project work forms the backbone of the course, which is augmented by creative studies in drawing and CAD as well as theoretical topics such as design history and business design. Our programmes combine individual project work with team-based creative learning that is so essential in gaining the skills required in the world of work.
Why study Textile Design at Dundee?
Textile design at Dundee offers you the opportunity to investigate textile design in a broad sense by encouraging you to consider both the practical and relevant way textiles can be applied and used within society.
You will learn and develop visual and practical skills through making and exploring a diverse range of materials. Exposure to making processes which use cutting edge technologies will help you build in-depth technical, sensory and aesthetic knowledge of colour, structure, pattern and texture.
The course aims to develop students who can contextualise practical knowledge and the decorative philosophy that is inherent within textile design, through a range of applications. This includes developing innovative textile design ideas and prototypes for industry as well as exploring the ways that practical knowledge can help solve problems such as sustainability, the ageing population, crime etc.
Textiles are synonymous with domesticity and the body and you will be actively encouraged to challenge perceived definitions within these traditional parameters and beyond.
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 can be 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
- 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
The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.
Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.
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 September 2015
Advanced Entry (to Level 2)
|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||Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.|
|SQA||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Pass with BB at AH|
|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 September 2015 or January 2016|
|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 and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Textile Design BDes (Hons)||W231|