Textile Design BDes (Hons)

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

What is Textile Design?

Textile Design at DJCAD centres around the creative exploration of design problems through a broad range of both traditional and advanced materials and processes.

You are encouraged to consider the role of textiles within society and investigate areas such as; the social and environmental impact of textiles, health and wellbeing and inclusive design.

As part of a vibrant studio and workshop culture you will develop skills in traditional textile processes like screen printing, knit and stitch, alongside more contemporary technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting.  Through these mediums you will build and expand your knowledge of colour, structure, pattern and form.

We champion making and craftsmanship and you will learn through hands on experimentation while fostering your curiosity and design thinking approach to project briefs.

One of the highest ranked textiles courses in the UK our students and graduates regularly win top awards through live industry briefs, international competitions and yearly at the graduate showcase, New Designers.

Dundee – a city rich in textile history, a UNESCO city of Design and home to the V&A Dundee – is an exciting and dynamic place to study. The designers who emerge from our course establish themselves both locally and around 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
  • Border Crossings
  • Change by Design


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
  • Alternative Futures elective study option (Research and Creative Practice, Design Enterprise, Communication Futures)
  • Elective modules such as Critical Making, Print and Printability, Design Ethics
  • 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
  • automotive interiors
  • trend forecasters
  • buyers
  • art therapists
  • textile conservation and design
  • materials research
  • technical innovation within 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 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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) £17,275 per year of study

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.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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