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Textile Design

BDes

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 which students use and develop their textiles knowledge of craft, materials and design to demonstrate a critical understanding of textiles within the context of wearable and interior products.

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

New Designers

Final year students are given the opportunity to showcase their work at New Designers in London along with over 4,000 other design graduates from around the UK.

New Designers brings the design industry together, helping to launch the careers of the attending design graduates. With over 18,000 visitor throughout the duration of the exhibition there is a great opportunity to be discovered.

86% of exhibiting courses had graduates receive offers of work, placements or commissions.

Who should study Textile Design?

You:

  • 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

Student exchange

The academic perspective is enhanced by opportunities for you to study abroad through exchange schemes that operate with centres of excellence in many European and transatlantic countries.

In addition, the department normally organises an overseas study visit for all Level 3 students.

For examples of student work, staff profiles, and news from Textile Design, visit the DJCAD website.

Related courses

Teaching & Assessment

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.

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 lectures, tutorials, research and self-initiated projects.

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

Student Blogs

Some of our current students write blogs which explain what they are studying, and show images from the course:

  • Judy Scott is a textiles student. Her blog provides examples of her work and discusses the creative processes behind it.
  • Sarah Pitcairn is a third year textiles student.
  • Jennifer Kwella is a third year textiles student. She uses her blog to discuss her Design Studies lectures, as well as posting up her assignments, lots of interesting articles, photography and findings which inspire her as a designer.

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.

Careers

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

Johanna Basford graduated in 2005. She is a designer who specialises in finely detailed monochrome pen and ink illustrations. Her clients have included: The Crafts Council at the Victoria and Albert Museum, DKNY, The BBC, Channel 4, H&M, The Scottish Parliament, Dazed and Confused, Creative Review, Heals, Hallmark, Queensberry Hunt, Hendricks Gin, Tate Modern, The Body Shop and Johnson & Johnson.

She was commissioned to design the cover of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, and was commisioned to produce a piece of co-created illustration to promote the 2011 Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show.

Linda Florence graduated in 2003 and is a London-based designer who produces bespoke hand printed wallpaper and installation artwork for public, commercial and domestic interiors. Her clients include the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Jerwood Space, Swarovski, The National Trust, Ted Baker and Penguin.

Hayley Scanlan graduated in 2009. She is a printed textile and fashion designer based in Dundee. During her degree show, Hayley was commissioned to design a studded jacket for super model Erin O'Conner. After graduating, Hayley was asked to design musician Marina Diamandis' tour costumes.

Postgraduate study

Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level on our taught Masters degree or PhD programmes.

Enterprise/Freelance

Others have gone on to freelance and establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills. The Greenhouse Business Pre-Incubator facility provides ambitious students with an office space to explore their business idea.

Entry Requirements

Students applying for Textile Design must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Textile Design.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Selection notes

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.

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 2014

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Typical Grades Minimum Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects BB (Advanced Higher) + BC (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
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).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
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
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

Courses starting September 2015

BA/BDes Art & Design Specialisms Level 2 Entry

Qualification Grades
SQA Advanced Higher BB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5, at Higher level)
Other Foundation Degree in Art & Design
Other HND in an Art & Design subject
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).
All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work.
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and visit to the course.

Other Qualifications

Qualification Grade
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
All qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. All qualifications should include a relevant Art & Design subject & a literate subject. A comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required, and an interview may be required.
Applicants with alternative overseas qualifications should visit the relevant country page on our International website.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer. The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

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 category Fees for students starting September 2014
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Students from the rest of the UK £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree.
You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
EU students £1,820 per year of study.
You can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Overseas students (non-EU) £13,000 per year of study.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Fee category Scholarships & Bursaries applicable
Scottish students
Students from the rest of the UK
EU students
Overseas students (non-EU)

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

Your Application

Students applying for Textile Design must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Textile Design.

All applications must be made through UCAS

UCAS Codes

Institution Code: D65

Degree UCAS Codes KIS data
BA/BDes Art and Design (General Foundation Level 1 entry)
(1 year only)
WW12 View KIS data for this course
BDes Textile Design W231 View KIS data for this course

UCAS Application Process


Admissions procedure

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.

What skills, qualities and experience do I need?

Enthusiasm and commitment to Textile Design are essential. You should possess an understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and design inspired by visits to exhibitions and galleries. We look for well-presented portfolios and lively sketchbooks that demonstrate evidence of drawing ability and visual material exploration. Additionally we feel that the energy and character of a student is important, so we are interested in the way you speak about your work and the understanding you have of your subject.

Tips for your application

Your portfolio of work should show individuality and versatility, a willingness to push the boundaries and explore concepts, media and materials. A variety of work, both finished and in progress, personal and course work, is appreciated. Additionally we expect potential students to have a knowledgeable appreciation of contemporary design.

International Applicants

We have information specifically for international applicants on our International website:

Any questions?

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