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Textiles - BA (Hons) Degree


​Textiles are the very fabric of life. A tactile, sensory and aesthetic medium tied to global locations, natural resources, human and cultural relationships and technological developments, expressed through a tapestry of texture, form, colour, pattern and meaning.

The BA (Hons) Textiles degree course at Cardiff Met explores the diversity of textile design and/or textile art with sustainable practices, blending traditional processes and digital technologies.

Discover and explore new skills in print, stitch, dye, material manipulation, knit, and elementary weaving with digital technologies. Apply your learning to surface pattern design and 2D and 3D construction for the interiors, stationery, fashion markets, and/or for textile art for the public arena.

You will develop your professional skills through working with cutting edge studio practices, preparations for professional portfolio and CV writing for future employment, collaborating on live briefs with industry/museum consultants and undertaking self-directed projects.

As textile designers or textile artists you will be supported in developing your own style and personal language, giving you the confidence, vision, and professional awareness to take the next steps into your future, carving your unique position in the world-wide creative community of textiles.

Course information on this page relates to 2021 entry

Course Content

Through the lens of the creative and sustainable industries, global cultural trends and influences, you will explore the following skills:

  • Surface pattern design, drawing and mark-making
  • Trend forecasting and colour theory
  • Constructed textiles with fabric manipulation, machine knitting, paper
  • Natural plant dye techniques and slow craft
  • Synthetic dye techniques
  • Sustainable textiles and the circular economy
  • Fibre to fabric
  • Interior styling
  • Traditional hand and machine stitch and embroidery techniques
  • Digital embroidery design and software technology
  • Traditional silk-screen printed techniques including devore, flocking and foiling
  • Digital textile and wallpaper printing
  • Laser cutting
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and ProCreate software
  • Key research skills: field trip visits, exhibitions and trade fairs
  • History of material culture and decoration
  • Analytical research and writing and practical evaluation
  • Professional presentation and branding
  • Professional practice for future employment

The programme will provide you with a broad skill-base for your future career in the creative textile industries, for example, studio textile designer for interiors, stationery and fashion markets, textile artist for public arenas, sole trader, textile journalism, interior styling, research and higher education.

In your final year, you can opt to complete a dissertation, a business plan or even something else; the choice is yours, depending on where you want to take your career.

Year One

Subject: Process Matters - 40 credits

Material exploration and print processes are investigated and developed, introducing you to key creative/textile design principles and creative processes.

Subject: Design Matters - 20 credits

This module is an immersion in the concepts and practices of surface pattern design principles exploring digital technology and manufacturing/product applications.

Field One: Collaborate - 20 credits*

Widen your horizons by joining students from other courses to collaborate on a project. You’ll take inspiration from other disciplines to build on your experience and expand your creativity.

Constellation: Concept - 40 credits

This module introduces you to the wider world of ideas, theory and contextual studies to help you develop your academic research skills and critical thinking. You’ll focus on particular areas of interest in study groups and you’ll become familiar with the exciting trans-disciplinary research and expertise in Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Year Two

Subject: Making Connections - 40 credits

The difference at Level 5 is an emphasis on identifying and exploring your specialist textile skills to develop your personal textile language as a designer or artist. Innovation and creativity is important. You will be problem-solving, building an intellectual portfolio and reflecting on progressing your creative design practices and thinking.

Field Two: Explore - 40 credits*

This module will expand your experiences with challenging and stimulating projects designed to encourage you to explore and experiment outside your immediate discipline. This transformative opportunity leads to new thinking and innovation – and opens up all kinds of future possibilities. You can choose to travel, take a work placement, start your own business or try something new.

Constellation: Critique - 40 credits

By critiquing literature, journals and exhibitions, you’ll 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 design and museum/ gallery consultants to create real-world responses and professional outcomes, while continuing to explore, strengthen and refine your practical and creative skills. For example, you could explore global or local textile design opportunities, commissions or competitions.

Field Three: Exposure - 40 credits

Your final term is dedicated to a major self-set project and an exhibition of your work. This is the culmination of your learnt professional skills and concepts, launching your future career as a textile designer, textile artist or creative.

Constellation: Contribution - 40 credits

Your final theoretic outcome will demonstrate your research and analysis skills, for one of the five following options: dissertation assignment; artefact and critical text; creative enterprise research proposal; technical research report; or conference paper assignment.

*modules available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

The curriculum is delivered by academic experts in surface pattern and design processes, traditional constructed textiles, and creative art textiles, with a research and practice led emphasis.

Staff will broaden your theoretical understanding of your field through lectures and smaller targeted seminars and individual tutorials. You will gain hands-on experience in practical studio sessions and workshops to develop your core material and digital skills using specialist textile workshops in print, stitch, dye and knit.

You will also have access to all other workshops across the school including ceramics, small metals, woodwork, papermaking, photography and life drawing.

Learning takes place on campus, through virtual learning environments and self-directed study.

During your first year of study each student can expect to receive between 14 and 22 hours of contact time per week, supported by termly pastoral tutoring, buddy systems and weekly cohort meetings.


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

Your curriculum is structured with your future career in mind. The emphasis is placed upon your professional work ethic and real-world experience; from building networks and undertaking placements to live briefs, competitions and local/ global opportunities.

Cross-disciplinary projects will prepare you for teamwork, other creative disciplines, deadlines and the demands of tight specifications.

Potential career pathways include; textile designer or surface patterns designer for interiors, fashion or stationery, textile art, owning your own practice, textiles manufacturing specialist, textile journalism, trend forecasting, interior styling, retail buying, prop stylist, art director, gallery curator or creative.

Post-graduate study provides additional qualifications and learning specialisms with PGCE, Masters, MPhil and PhD research opportunities, working alongside internationally recognised and established research clusters across the School.

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
For more information about Art & Design Interview Days, please click here.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

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

Undergraduate costs of study in CSAD 


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

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact BA (Hons)  Textiles Admissions Tutor Keireine Canavan:


Key Course Information

UCAS Code: W231

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Art & Design

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

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