Textile Design BDes (Hons)

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: W231
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Textile Design
Textile Design
TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

We are one of the highest ranked textile courses in the UK and our students regularly win top awards at the London New Designers Graduate Show.

Our research-led teaching celebrates craft, materials and creative design knowledge.  Learn through a culture of hands-on experimentation, and design thinking.

We encourage you to consider the practical and relevant ways that you can use textiles within society. Explore issues such as sustainability, the ageing population and crime. Develop professional, entrepreneurial and enterprise skills to ensure that you are ready to pursue a career in design.

Explore advanced technologies and traditional skills to build in-depth technical, sensory and aesthetic knowledge of colour, structure, pattern and texture.

You will also be able to take part in live competitions and industry briefs. Our students often win major design awards in national and international competitions.

Dundee - a city rich in textile history - is a UNESCO City of Design and home to the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee. Many designers emerge from our course and establish themselves in the surrounding area as well as working across the globe.

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

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 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 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 Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
BTEC Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 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
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
Other Qualifications Foundation course in Art & Design
Notes All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and may be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.

 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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The most important features of teaching are:

  • one-to-one tuition
  • small group discussions
  • critiques 

These provide essential dialogue between students and staff.

You will learn in a dynamic open studio where social interaction, peer and group learning and inter-year participation contribute to a stimulating environment. There will be a combination of lectures, tutorials, research and self-initiated projects.

How you will be assessed

Your project work will be 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

You can enter Textile Design after 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 for a further 3 years in Textile Design. 


Level 2 

You will develop an understanding of the design process through studio practice and a series of structured workshops, lectures and seminars. You will learn core skills in printed and knitted textile design and will be introduced to a range of mixed media textile techniques, new materials and processes. By the end of Level 2, you will then specialise in print or knit. You will also engage with the impact that design can have in tackling complex problems.

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


Level 3

You will hone your drawing, research, material understanding, colour, structure and composition skills. You will gain advanced technical skills in printed and knitted textile design and will be introduced to smart materials, smart textile processes and digital technologies. You will focus on live industry briefs and national and international competitions that may deal with issues around sustainable design and innovation in a range of social and economic contexts. 

  • 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 

You will write your own brief, which forms your final year major project as part of the Degree Show. You will be guided through this year with regular group tutorials, lectures, visiting tutors, portfolio appraisals, student presentations, interim exhibitions, professional practice sessions and one to one reviews. Additionally you are required to complete a written component in the final year, which will contribute to your final year degree award. This can be linked to your future aspirations and can work in unison with your studio practice.

  • Alternative Futures elective study option
  • Design in Action Honours Project

Many graduates have successful careers as textile designers in areas such as:

  • fashion
  • interiors
  • car interiors
  • trend forecasters
  • buyers
  • art therapists
  • textile conservation and design
  • innovators within technical companies
  • education

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

Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

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.

We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.

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.


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