Textile Design BDes (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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

Related Courses

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.

Courses starting September 2015

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 Your Country 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 AH
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma BEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MEng - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate BEng - Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MEng - Pass with A level atæAA in Mathematics and Physics
European Baccalaureate BEng - 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MEngæ - 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics

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, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 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."

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 Loan Company.

Please apply via UCAS

Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Textile Design BDes (Hons)W231