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.
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.
Overall rating: 4.2/5
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Overall rating: 4.1/5
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall rating: 3,9/5
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.
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.
Overall rating: 4.4/5
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Overall rating: 3.6/5
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.
Overall rating: 4.6/5
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.
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.
Overall rating: 3.9/5
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.
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.
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.
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.