Our complete list of textile design courses throughout the UK

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Wanting to study textile design, but not sure where to go or what textile school would fit you best? We got you covered with this complete overview of textile design courses, including university ratings.

Before we start, it is worth mentioning that making it into the textile industry is a lot of dedication and hard work. If you would like to know more about life as a textile design artist, please read our interviews with Fanny Vanmasart and Aileen Yu-Chieh.


Falmouth University – Textile Design BA (Hons)

About the course - 3 years

At Falmouth University, you’ll learn to create your own collections and professional portfolio with the help of the academic staff and technical support. In your third year you will have the opportunity to visit Premier Vision; the international textiles show in Paris.

What students say:

“Learnt a lot of new skills and had a good time doing it (when the stress isn’t too much)”
— Bethany
“The university is very inclusive with a good community feel on campus - I would recommend my course to others”
— Emily
“Not enough time to complete the standard f work required to pass. Let alone achieve a 1st/2:1 - even if you are working 8 hour days, seven days a week”
— Morgan

Overall rating: 4.2/5

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University of Central Lancashire – Textile Design BA (Hons)

About the course - 3 years

When studying textile design at the University of Central Lancashire, you’ll learn traditional techniques and digital skills, to ensure a full education. You’ll learn felt, print, dye, knit and stitch techniques while interpreting them using different technologies and materials. Besides that, you’ll learn about digital textile print, digital embroidery and laser cutting. If you are looking for a hands on course, this is the one!

What students say

“Enjoying my studies and making friends.”
— Glenn
“Enjoying it but hard work”
— Linda
“Well-provisioned university”
— Johnie

Overall rating: 4/5

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Norwich University of the Arts

About the course - 3 or 4 years

At this university, you’ll learn about different techniques: hand-printing, weaving, knitting, stitching, material explorations and digital design. What’s different about this course? Norwich University won’t ask you to follow a house-style or to specialize. They will help you in finding your own preferred working methods!

What students say

“Very good. it’s nice to see how far you develop and grow as an artist through the years. I’m glad I went here and it’s excellent uni to feel confident as an artist and meet others”
— El
“I love that we get a lot of one to one time with the teachers and technicians and they really help us to quickly become independent. I’ve also learnt a bit about myself.”
— Farah
“So far it has been very fun and exciting.”
— Emilia

Overall rating: 4.3/5

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University of Brighton

About the course - 3 or 4 years (with placement)

This textile degree is a little different to others, because it also includes integrated business studies. You can also go for a 4-year BA which includes a work placement. The University of Brighton prides itself with ensuring that you’ll become a professional textiles designer that has some entrepreneurial skills on board as well.

What students say

“I have had a really good time, found great new friends and I really enjoy my lectures so far.”
— Hanna
“Good facilities, varied support from staff, fairly accessible.”
— Charlotte
“Organised and well informative. Admin has been poor.”
— Olivia

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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London Metropolitan University

About the course - 3 years

At the London Metropolitan University, you’ll learn textile design skills for interior, fashion design and accessories. Throughout your studies, you will create collections of textiles and garments.

What students say

“I really love my course and I’ve developed as a designer, as a maker and as a person. I’ve got a great part time job through uni and my tutors are the best I could’ve asked for. My only issue has been the disability service which has let the uni down.”
— Anonymous
“I am very pleased i have joined London Metropolitan uni studying textile design and really supporting my passion to be a designer as i get to explore more about it each day i attend uni, with the best teachers guiding me to where i am really interested in.”
— Syeda
“Going to uni in London is a very different experience. It is very fun but can be daunting and hard work. Student halls are very expensive but worth it in terms of meeting new people.”
— Anonymous

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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University of Wales Trinity Saint David - Surface Pattern Design and Textiles

About this course - 3 or 4 years

This surface pattern design and textile degree course is a mix of textiles, materiality, pattern and making. You’ll connect practice with theory about fashion and interior; and you’ll work for galleries and design-led brands. Be ready to get academically challenged!

What students say

“Tutors are friendly and supportive. Great studio experience. High energy atmosphere.”
— Emily
“Really enjoying it, a bit overwhelming at first but settling in.”
— Zoe
“I couldn’t have chosen a better university or course! Fantastic tutors, exciting, diverse course and a great student town, cheap, scenic and lots going on for students.”
— Anonymous

Overall rating: 4.1/5

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Buckinghamshire New University

About the course - 3 years

Buckinghamshire New University will provide you with a thorough understanding of textile design. By exploring print, knit and surface design, you’ll learn to work with different materials and techniques, mixing traditional and innovative.

What students say

“I completed a year doing the Foundation Art and Design course last year and had such a fantastic time. It was an incredibly positive experience for me which built up my self-confidence and skill-base needed in order for me to apply for the Textile Design course this term. Staff have been so supportive and kind; one of the overall strengths of this university is the pastoral care. Even the office staff are kind and helpful, which contributes to university life. I really like the fact that the library is open 24/7 during term time; it is useful for those who are frantically trying to meet deadlines for essays, and is good for late-night study for those who have insomnia. Personally, I love it here.”
— Dominique
“Very enlightening but stressful as hell. When starting something new it is difficult to understand what is needed from you but once you have asked multiple time you start to understand what you need to do.”
— Camilla
“Exciting, good experience living away from home. Workshops in red shed of high standard as well as library facilities. City could be more lively as still quite a small place- good for links to London.”
— Anonymous

Overall rating: 4/5

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Bath Spa University - Primary and Early Years and Mixed Media Textiles BA (Hons)

About the course - 3 years

Bath Spa University offers a Primary and Early Years Mixed Media Textiles course. Here, you’ll start of studying painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, video, textiles… and as the course goes on, you’ll be asked to focus on what you like. In the second and third year, you’ll develop your own research.

What students say

“Love student life and having a degree at the end but I feel the contact hours are too little.”
— P.
“Very challenging but rewarding course.”
— Sinead
“Fantastic, however teaching could be more hands on.”
— Hariet

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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Nottingham Trent University

About the course - 3 years

In this course, you’ll start off exploring a broad range of textile design: textile print, weave and knit and embroidery. As you progress, you’ll specialize. Trent University also combines traditional and digital techniques.

What students say

“Amazing ! Couldn’t have chose a better social uni with amazing opportunities for the future . Iv won two amazing competitions and gained a job placement with next on a live brief with my course.”
— Sophie
“Very good, struggled to settle in until 2nd year. The tutors in first year werent very good, werent interested in me very much, however the second year tutors are amazing and motivate me.”
— Amy
“I really enjoy Trent, great uni, fantastic for art.”
— Nakita

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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University of Huddersfield

About the course - 3 years + optional placement year

At the University of Huddersfield, you’ll develop artistic skills while using different materials. During workshops and studio time, you’ll get a good idea of what type of textile designer you actually are.

What students say

“Learnt lots of new techniques, met great networking. Amazing placement year.”
— Gemma
“It’s been good so far. It’s made me a more confident person I was very shy before I came to university. and helped me learn skills I wouldn’t have in A job. Also making friends from all around.”
— Anonymous
“University has been very different to what I expected, the social aspect has been hard as the city is very quiet and acommadation can be lonely. The work load has been very intense and stressful but has pushed me and learned more then I ever thought I would which is great. The uni offers help for after uni and has great equipment for my creative course and offers many fun challenges for example guest lecturers and briefs set by the Duchess of York and high street companies.”
— Chloe

Overall rating: 3,9/5

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Cardiff Metropolitan University

About the course: 3 years

This course will guide you in your journey to becoming a skilled, confident and creative (textile) designer. It covers fashion design, interior design, greetings cards, wallpapers and gift-wrap! Combining digital and traditional methods, you’ll explore textures, colours and patterns and combine them with skills in printing, stitching and embroidery.

 What students say

“Transferred to a more progressive University to pursue my dream of becoming a Textile Designer. I was so upset at having to uproot my life and begin somewhere new again. My overall experience of Textile Design at Cardiff Met was a negative one. The course relied far too much on documentation found on Moodle. My cohort had to start a Facebook page so we would be able to support each other with questions on where to find specific documents, sharing best practice, and generally trying to navigate the rocky pastures of the 1s Year @ Cardiff Met.”
— Vaughan
“I’ve had an amazing overall experience with lots of opportunities e.g study abroad.”-
— Rosie
“Well supported by lecturers and lots of extra services available.”
— Beth

Overall rating: 4/5

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Leeds Arts University

About the course - 3 years

At Leeds Arts University, you’ll develop your skills through studio-time and workshops. You will work in groups where a culture of creativity is fostered. Interesting fact about this course: the focus on sustainability and innovation of textile and surface design.

What students say

“Loving the course its pretty perfect, the university is small and friendly, and everyone is free to be themselves, nice food in the canteen, the course is homely, i was worried about the area, but its actually very chilled and nice. i am not a drinker so its quite chilled.”
— Joni
“I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more and experiment with facilities, techniques and his own abilities. The school has an amazing library too... :)”
— Anastasia
“I think I initially struggled a lot but now in third year I feel I can reflect back on leeds and the arts uni positively. It has so much to offer but it really is down to the student to use the facilities and get the help, it’s all on you if you want to successfully use the uni to your advantage.”
— Megan

Overall rating: 4.4/5

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Staffordshire University - Surface Pattern and Textile Design

About the course - 3 years

Do you have a passion for repeat patterns and print for fashion and interiors? If the answer is yes, than the surface pattern and textile design at the University of Staffordshire is the one for you. It covers research, development and realization of the design. You’ll be able to use the studios to explore digital wallpaper printing, ceramic decoration facilities, rug making, screen-printing, dyeing and transfer printing and digital fabric printing.

What students say

“Been really good, there’s never a dull moment as my course is always really busy and I have lots of work to do. I enjoy the area as it’s a fresh experience compared to living in a large city like i’m used to back home.”
— Nathalie
“Loved it but not enough support for future jobs.”
— Anonymous
“It’s been really great this year, so much fun living with friends and the course in second year is exciting and fun! There are so many services for anything you need and advice! Everything is close by walking distance and the library facilities are amazing!”
— Francesca

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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University of the Arts London – BA(Hons) Textile Design

About the course - 3 or 4 years (optional placement year)

This BA in textile design covers the main textile design practices: print, knit and weave. Starting of broadly, you’ll discover in which practice you want to specialize. This course offers a fourth placement year and additional workshops where you can try alternative surface treatments, media and technologies.

What students say

“Learnt a lot, taken part in international competition, have fun and enjoy what we do. Lots of help when needed, expected to buy fabrics etc for projects around 8 hours final year.”
— Amelia
“Very enjoyable course, but could do with more resources. Not enough contact hours with lecturers.”
— Charlotte

“I have really enjoyed it and feel I have learned a lot, but I do feel some communication of the course could have been better. Time with tutors is good (15 mins a week) Lectures could be better.”
— Milly

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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University of Bolton – BA (Hons) Textile and Surface Design

About the course - 3 years

This course focuses on the practical approach towards textile and surface design; while strengthening it with historical and contextual studies. Besides that, this course is also teaching commercial awareness and entrepreneurial skills; making sure that you are ready to enter the market!

What students say

“Overall my uni experience has been ok. The best thing is I receive help and advice whenever I need it.”
— Anonymous
“Enjoyed small classes. Good help from most tutors. The knowledge and experience of staff was very helpful.”
— Anonymous
“I would recommend the uni to anyone, I love it here, the course is brilliant and I love the lectures. uni facilities are top notch and I have had a great time here, I do not want to have to leave this year! I would say that the best advise is to make as many friends as you can from as many different places as possible.”
— Anonymous

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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University of Derby – Textile Design BA (Hons)

About the course - 3 years

This textile design course honors the traditional processes of print, knit and weave design, while working with new technologies. Students who choose this course will create fabrics for interior, fashion and decorative surfaces. You’ll attend workshops, lectures, debates, contests, group works, seminars etc. A varied program!

What students say

“Have really loved uni, definitely made the right decision going here. Love the town, my course and the night life, also rent is very cheap here compared to other places. You are encouraged to work by yourself and make your own design decisions, whilst being guided by an expert in the field. There’s also a lot of equipment and free yarn which is good!”
— Sarah
“Good uni and my course is mostly well-run and enjoyable with a lot of support available. Lots of opportunities for competitions and awards during the course and good employment prospects.”
— Anonymous
“Very intense, but interesting and beautiful.”
— Anisha

Overall rating: 4/5

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Plymouth college of Art

About the course - 3 years

At the Plymouth college of Art, you’ll be introduced to a broad range of technique and technologies for designing and creating textiles for installation, fashion and interiors. Choose this university if you want to experiment!

What students say

“Hard to see where 9000 went this year with regards to materials given and work experience/trips (the only ones being a 25 minute coach ride to a beach or a 2 minute walk around the corner to the local museum, we have to pay for all of or own printing which for a digital artist is not cheap at all, you can lend materials from a stock room or buy materials from the college shop.”
— Anonymous
“I loved every minute! The facilities are amazing, the staff are so supportive in helping you try new things and I made so many great friends while I was studying. Plymouth is a really exciting place to be, it has an active arts community and is surrounded by inspiring landscapes and friendly people. Plymouth College of Art is an independent art school, it’s not corporate and it encourages you to be creative and push boundaries – I loved it!”
— Emily
“I loved my experience at PCA. I made great friends and had the opportunity to be showcased at some large scale events which landed me an internship and paid work at the end of it. I’m also now employed and have made some great connections for starting my own projects outside of Uni.”
— G.

Overall rating: 3.6/5

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Loughborough University – Textiles: innovation and Design BA(Hons)

About this course: 3 years (optional fourth year with placement)

At the Loughborough University, you can specialize in Multi-Media Textiles, Weave, Print or integrated digital practice. You can also enroll in an optional fourth year with placement. This course promises you outstanding, commercially relevant and innovative insights into the textile industry.

What students say

“I am only in my first year so far I feel theres a lot of support both academically and in terms of welfare. The focus drawing for my course is a huge positive and my lecturers are enthusiastic and really supportive.”
— Sydney
“I like that our course provides our own studio spaces within the Textiles building, this makes my course very sociable and a friendly fun enviroment to work in. We’re also provided with so many work hubs such as the print room and weave hub which helps us create brand new upcoming designs within fashion and interiors. There’s nothing I don’t like about my course!”
— Emily
“As part of my course I have had the opportunity to choose a placement year whilst studying. There are always regular emails, events and people to see. I also attend a weekly lecture (Presonal Best) to improve and advise on my transferable skills.”
— Florence

Overall rating: 4.6/5

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University of Wolverhampton

About the course - 3 years

Looking for hands-on experience while getting creative? This textile design BA at the University of Wolverhampton focuses on employability by promising a lot of studio based practice and taking part in industry projects.

What students say

“Been positive, but timetabling and rooming is very poor!! Never any communication.”
— Nichelle
“Overall good engagement with lots of support, but more in some than others. Personal tutors very helpful in settling in.”
— Louise
“Good support and teachers. Good opportunities.”
— Paige

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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Ulster University

About the course - 3 years (fourth year placement – optional)

At Ulster University, you’ll start off with a broad first year, learning through workshops, lectures and seminars. While progressing, you’ll get a natural feel for either a  low or high-tech approach to textile design. Second and third year offer two- and three-dimensional processes.

What students say

“The lecturers are really engaging and informative The resources here are very helpful.”
— Eyala
“The use of videos, examples, etc. It’s not all individual work, you can also work in pairs. Bringing in business people is always beneficial to teach a particular section of the module we are learning about.”
— Chloe
“Lecturers are really knowledgeable. Lots of employ-ability options e.g. the Edge.”
— Tracy

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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University of Leeds

About the course - 3 years

This course will introduce you to the principles and practices of textile design. On top of that, you’ll also get key insights into marketing, management and sustainability within the industry – this way, when you graduate, you’ll have a complete idea about what being a textile designer is all about.

What students say

“Incredible university experience, great and wide range of societies and clubs which are suitable for everyone and anyone. Would always recommend The University of Leeds to anyone, fantastic facilities and wide variety of courses.”
— Anonymous
“A lot of fun. Intense study, busy all the time, but there is a lack of information.”
— Joshua
“There are different teaching styles, which keeps it interesting and am always engaged.”
— Ruby

Overall rating: 4.3/5

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Manchester Metropolitan University – Master in Textile Practice

About the course - 2 years

This Master in textile practice offers two years of in-depth textiles making, of any kind. It goes beyond art, design and craft. Besides practical work, you’ll also engage in critical debates about the textile industry as a whole; why it is both acknowledged and contested. A nice addition to a BA in textile design.

What students say

“Great, better if timetable was improved.”
— S.
“Lecturers are very knowledgeable and the course is engaging.”
— Rea
“Social environment good but lessons and work are not well organized.”
— Anonymous

Overall rating: 3.8/5

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Birmingham City University – Textile Design

About the course - 3 years

At the Birmingham City University, you’ll study with tutors during studio time while getting technical demos. Your course timetable allows for self-directed study time, where you can work on projects. The course and tutors encourage you to develop your own style in relation to your career ambitions.

What students say

“Enjoy the course, don’t feel as though much guidance is given in regards to assessment.”
— Katie
“The lecturers are really friendly and they care. They are all willing to go the extra mile, and do what they can to help you succeed. The thing I like least is sometimes there are a lot of deadlines near to each other so it can feel a bit rushed.”
— Bethany
“Very good. Hard at times, but then easy at times. Have made brilliant friends for life. Commuting is hard on wet winter days but gets easier when you know the outcome of your degree.”
— Caitlin

Overall rating: 3.9/5

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Glasgow School of Art – Textile Design

About the course - 4 years

At the Glasgow School of Art, textile design is split up into two categories: structural textile design and surface textile design. The course claims to educate and deliver highly specialized subject experts.

What students say

“I have enjoyed my university experience so far. The best thing about my course is the freedom to do what you want, and also the atmosphere in the studios. I don’t use student support. There are lots of good facilities. Freedom to do what you want. studio atmosphere.”
— Anonymous
“So far my university experience has been good. I’m studying what I love and I can be creative and do what I want to do. I love the city of Glasgow. I don’t know enough about the facilities yet to rate them properly. The support offered it good. Im studying what I love and I can be creative and do what I want.”
— Anonymous
“Overall my university experience has been great craic. The support offered can be quite slow at times, but it is a friendly service. All tutors have studio practice and experience in the industry.”
— D.

Overall rating: 4.3/5

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