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Textiles - BA (Hons) Degree

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The BA (Hons) Textiles degree course at Cardiff Met will help you develop the creative, professional, and research skills needed to work across this diverse and growing industry.

You will experience a broad range of textiles techniques and styles, including Print and Pattern, Knit and Weave, Stitch and Fabric Manipulation and Mixed Media.

This course will encourage you to become an industry change-maker, combining innovative techniques to create unique and enduring textile products for the future.

Textiles at Cardiff Met is ideal for you if you love colour, pattern, drawing, textures, materials, and making. You’ll discover how to apply your designs to interiors, ceramics, clothing, furnishings, gift wrap, cards, accessories, and even public spaces.

You’ll explore key themes in Textiles such as sustainability, manufacturing, and material culture, all while developing your own style and personal textiles language.

Our industry contacts mean that we can provide you with the chance to take on live client briefs and internship opportunities, preparing you for your future career. You will also have the chance to take part in graduate exhibitions such as New Designers, exposing you to the industry at large.


Course information on this page relates to 2022 entry

Course Content

Year One

Subject: Process Matters - 40 credits

Explore the fundamentals of Textiles through structured and decorated materials such as fabric manipulation, stitch, screen printing, dye and fashion and/or interiors markets.


Subject: Design Matters - 20 credits

Learn essential professional design processes and technologies used in industry, such as trend forecasting, mood-boards, colour theory, designing collections, and look-books.


Field One: Collaborate - 20 credits*

Work with students from other disciplines to discover new techniques that enrich your subject.


Constellation: Concept - 40 credits

Explore the theories and histories that underpin your creative practice. Learn how to develop your academic research skills and critical thinking.


Year Two

Subject: Making Connections - 40 credits

Develop and define your values and creative identity within the wider textiles practice, working with processes such as natural dye, knit, weave, and print.


Field Two: Explore - 40 credits*

Explore outside of your immediate discipline to discover new thinking and ideas that relate back to your subject. Work collaboratively to discover real-world scenarios and understand where you fit into the bigger picture. Projects include live briefs, work placements, or starting your own business, for example.


Constellation: Critique - 40 credits

Critique literature, journals and exhibitions, and hone your ability to put your design practice into context. You’ll also have opportunities to interact with students and staff and research deeper into your areas of interest.


Year Three

Subject: Consultancy - 40 credits

Work alongside industry consultants to create a professional body of work for portfolio, with opportunities for work placements.


Field Three: Exposure - 40 credits

Direct your own final major project resulting in an exhibition of your work. Launch your future career within the textile industry.


Constellation: Contribution - 40 credits

Research and complete your final theoretical project. Choose from a dissertation; artefact and critical text; creative enterprise research proposal; technical research report; or conference paper assignment.


*modules available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

Our curriculum is delivered by expert academic and technical staff who are engaged in research or professional designers and artists.

You will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and specialist workshops where you will learn traditional skills as well as the latest digital processes. You will discover fundamental textile themes and ideas through key-note lectures and seminars.

Visiting lecturers and field trips expose you to the variety of real-world practices in Textiles.

You will gain feedback and insights into your work through formal and informal crits and tutorials.

Our studio is an interactive, modern, and inspiring space with specialist areas to support your skills development, styling, and research.

Assessment

Throughout the duration of your studies, you will be evaluated on three main criteria, which underpin all of the disciplines being taught at CSAD:

SKILLS: The practical, technical and conceptual skills you acquire during your course.

CONTEXT: Your understanding and knowledge of broader intellectual context within which your discipline and work is located. This includes historical, environmental and ethical issues and will often be explored in your 'Theory and Context' modules.

IDEAS: Your understanding of intellectual and creative ideas from within and beyond your discipline; plus your ability to acquire new concepts and form new ideas. Ideas will be explored in your written work, as well as being evident in your practical progress.

Each of these criteria is given equal weighting during the assessment process. That is to say that they are seen as equally important and critical to your development; an emphasis which is designed, for example, to enable a more well-rounded skill set from a student who may be skilled technically, but weak in generating ideas, or a student with much creative flair who may struggle to hone a broad concept into a strong, individual design.

We provide a number of ways for you to track your progress en route to submitting your work for marking. Understanding that the emphases will revolve around the core areas of skills, context and ideas, you will also become familiar with the structured assessment form used by your tutors and learn to relate to your work back to the intended learning outcomes of each brief.

The main types of formative assessment are; academic (feedback from your tutors); peer (from your course-mates or project partners); and self-assessment (which is your own critique, in light of other forms of feedback). You won't just be receiving feedback at the end of a brief, however – your tutors will often assess your progress as your work develops, providing formative feedback at crucial moments where it is hoped to encourage you to take risks, maintain your motivation or shape-up your ideas ahead of deadline.

Employability & Careers

Cardiff Met Textiles graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles including:

  • Textile Designers for fashion and interiors – Premier Textiles, Ian Snow, Peacocks, Rapture & Wright, Elan Bach
  • Print Designers for fashion or interiors – Wilkos, Sainsburys, B&M
  • Surface Pattern Designers for stationery – Hallmark, Design Group, Ling Design, Clinton Cards, UK Greetings
  • Textiles Manufacturing - Goose & Gander
  • Textiles Journalism – Selvedge Magazine
  • Freelance and Self Employed – Freya Snow Textiles, Rachel Snelling, Lydia Southgate
  • Trend Forecasting - WGSN
  • Postgraduate Internships - AVA CADCAM, Fashion Formula, UK Greetings
  • Visual Merchandising - John Lewis, IKEA
  • Interior and prop stylists - BBC

Some students also choose to progress to further study and education including:

  • MAs and PhDs
  • PGCEs with a view to becoming art/textiles teachers or lecturers

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should have a strong art and/or design portfolio and demonstrate a commitment to art and/or design, and preferably five GCSEs to include English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) 

Following an interview and assessment of portfolio, our typical offers can range between:

  •  96 - 120 points from a successfully completed Art & Design Foundation Diploma or/and
  • 96 - 120 points from at least 2 A Levels; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
  •  RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
  •  96 - 120 points from a combination of Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers 
  •  96 - 120 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades from any subject (minimum grade H4 considered)
  •  96 - 120 points from the Access to HE Diploma within a relevant subject

 *For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.       

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels or equivalent, or applying with other life experiences, other qualifications and/or art & design achievements will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn’t listed please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure and Interview Days:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance at a School of Art & Design Interview.

Acceptance at interview is based upon a balance of three criteria:

      • Personal enthusiasm for and immersion in the practice and theory of Art & Design
      • Academic achievement and ability
      • Quality of work, ambition and skills demonstrated in a portfolio

Read more about our Art & Design Interview Days

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/selfservice

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs

For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees

Undergraduate costs of study in CSAD 

Materials 

CSAD provides a variety of basic materials. These enable students to develop their competence in a range of skills and demonstrate their technical ability. Materials needed in unusual quantities, or those that are specialised, expensive or unusual are at the student’s expense. Advice will be given about how ‘unusual’ is defined, which materials are deemed to be ‘expensive’, and examples given of what is viewed to be ‘unusual’. CSAD students often elect to spend on materials they prefer to work with, including sketchbooks and pens, as well as specialist equipment of their own choosing. 

In the main, no charges are made for the use of equipment, with the exception of some specialist high end equipment such as the Mimaki and 3D printers. Access to Cardiff FabLab is subject to student membership; it offers reduced fees for student use. 

For further information about additional course costs, including fees, equipment requirements and other charges for each undergraduate programme, please visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.

Field trips and visits 

Field trips that are part of core learning will be paid for by the School. Additional visits are occasionally arranged which are optional and where the students may be asked to share the costs. The costs of study abroad, including exchanges, placements and projects are the responsibility of the individual student.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For course specific enquiries, please contact BA (Hons)  Textiles Admissions Tutor Sian Thomas:

Email: SEThomas2@cardiffmet.ac.uk



Key Course Information

UCAS Code: W231

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Art & Design

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

COURSE OVERVIEW | DEGREE HIGHLIGHTS
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Senior Lecturer Sian Thomas explains what the BA (Hons) Textiles degree course at Cardiff School of Art & Design has to offer.

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Programme Director Sian Thomas discusses her career in design and explains how she uses her experience to prepare our Textiles students for industry.

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