Our Fashion Textiles degree explores the design and realisation of innovative fashion textiles through print, knit, weave and embellishment. The course explores both fashion design construction and textile design construction using state-of-the-art facilities in our studios and workshops.
Why study BA Fashion Textiles at Middlesex?
Exploring fashion awareness, silhouette, colour, illustration, portfolio presentation, pattern cutting and garment construction, our course equips you with advanced technical skills as well as encouraging you to discover your own creative identity.
Combining traditional methods with digital technology, you will learn the practical skills essential for a successful career in fashion, as so many of our brilliant graduates illustrate. We have a world-class reputation for nurturing talent and will also help you to develop a range of personal skills such as self-confidence, a willingness to challenge yourself, the ability to work with others, and the skills to discover and define your own design.
See examples of our students’ work in the Look Book
- You will explore the design and realisation of innovative textiles for fashion through print, knit, weave and embellishment, supported in each discipline by an expert tutor
- You will learn practical skills using our state-of-the-art facilities in The Grove – find out more in the Studios and Workshops tab
- You will take part in a six-week work experience placement in your second year during London Fashion Week, where you will be based full time with the designer or practitioner of your choice
- We have strong links with industry, run competitions with external bodies and organise guest lectures from big industry names - previous lecturers have included Jonathan Saunders and Louise Gray, for example
- At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at the Art and Design Degree Show, a great opportunity to show off your talents to creative industry employers
Why not take a look at our related courses?
Students interested in this course might also like to consider:
- Year 1
- Fashion, Cultural Contexts and Representation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- - The module aims to introduce students to the contexts for Fashion histories in order to provide a rich visual and intellectual resource for their developing research practices both studio and academic. - We aim to work with students to lay the foundations for good research practice by encouraging them to work in a hands-on way with the archives, collections and resources of London s major collections - Good connections between studio projects and lectures, seminars and study visits will enhance the students ability to make connections between research and practice. - The module aims to develop student s knowledge and understanding of the visual cultures of clothing and styling in London to the extent that by Level 5 they will be able to move to more difficult projects of theorization. - The module aims to develop good writing and communication skills.
- Introducing Fashion Textiles (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- - To give students a thorough and comprehensive grounding in designing for printed and constructed textiles with emphasis on the specialist nature of fashion textiles. - To introduce a design methodology based on the development and exploration of personal visual research which recognises the link between studio and workshop practice. - To foster a culture of studio working practice which offers support for individual development. - To contextualise historical influences on textile design.
- Introducing Fashion (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to: - Introduce and develop the academic and professional environment that lays a foundation for future study on the BA Fashion Design and BA Fashion Communication Styling Programmes. - Encourage the discovery of an individual style and/or identify through exploratory and experimental work
- Introduction to Processes and Materials (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to provide students with the means to: - recognise the importance of the design process in the development of a project - employ fundamental technical knowledge and workshop skills in design projects - work safely and appropriately with specialist machinery and equipment - broadly understand the properties and qualities of materials and finishes - explore, analyse and test the use of materials in a design project - understand how a design and the design process is informed by different contexts - use and develop IT and CAD skills relevant to a specialist design discipline - develop a range of skills and mediums to assist in the visual communication and presentation of design ideas and thinking - be self-motivated and disciplined and recognise the importance of care, organisation and planning in the design process - understand a range of specific transferable skills that will enable them to engage independently in effective learning and provide a framework for their personal and career development skills
- Year 2
- Developing Fashion Textiles (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- - To develop the student s experience and skills in design for fashion textiles with emphasis on the versatility of the professional fashion textile designer - To build confidence and establish the use of an appropriate professional language through visual and oral presentations - To extend the student s knowledge of historical and contemporary design and trends in relation to fashion textiles.
- Fashion Cultures (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- - Building on work at Level 4 this module introduces the concept of fashion as both culture and industry. - We aim to explore the link between the fashion industries and the processes of globalisation. - Students are introduced to the idea of fashion as a system and asked to consider the role of their practice- fashion textiles, styling, promotion, design etc. within this fashion system . - To understand some of the ethical issues raised by the fashion industries. - Be able to theorize and understand their own developing practice within a wider fashion system. - The module aims to further extend the writing and communication skills developed at Level 4.
- Process, Production and Presentation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to provide students with the means to: - advance their workshop proficiency through a critical understanding and appropriate use of materials and processes - consolidate an understanding of the integration of research into the design process - develop their capacity for self-directed study and the critical evaluation of their work and performance - advance and acquire further design skills through resolving designs in appropriate materials and to an appropriate standard - acquire and advance further design skills through the process of project management - develop skills in self management and team working in developing a design project - increase skills in the use of IT and CAD in the development and presentation of design projects - extend their awareness of professional practice relevant to their specialism - be confident and ambitious and aspire to professionalism in all aspects of their work, presentation and performance
- Year 3
- Critical and Contextual Research Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- - This module aims to enable students to identify and deliver a written research project related to their development as creative studio practitioners. - The project will involve sustained and analytical engagement with a wide range of research resources, in order to enrich an aspect of studio practice through greater understanding of its historical, theoretical, discursive and social contexts. - The module will consolidate the development of skills gained at level four and five, of project identification, research organisation and development, time management, visual analysis and critical argument. - Students will extend their ability to think creatively about the professional presentation of conceptual, critical and contextual material in both written and visual form. - Students will further consolidate the development of skills required for autonomous learning.
- Final Portfolio and Collection (60 Credits) - Compulsory
- This placement module is for students to gain further supervised experience in professional work situation, to further develop specialist work practices and to reflect, analyse and evaluate their experience and present this through a formal presentation. Through this evaluation students will be able to form plans for possible future careers and opportunities and to progress into the final year considerably enriched and empowered.
- Professional Practice in Design 3 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Working in the context of the major design project the module aims to enable students to audit and articulate their design practice in relation to the different fields of knowledge design and communication, professional practice, technologies and processes, history and theory developed throughout their studies.
What will you study?
You will study a full range of specialist fashion and textiles based skills in the first year that leads to you selecting your specialism to focus on in the following two years of study.
We believe in being able to work with the old technologies and the new so you can, for example, explore the design and printing of textiles using techniques ranging from hand painting and screen-printing of cloth to state-of-the-art digital printing and embroidery.
You can find information about this course in the programme specification
Teaching and learning
Through masterclasses, technical workshops, demonstrations and plenty of practice, you will master the process of designing clothes, from creating concepts and doing research to designing and making the garments. One-to-one tutorials, group discussions and critiques and independent study will further your knowledge, and you will also work in a team to produce your own blog.
In the second term of the second year you will do a work placement of about six weeks, ideally in the run-up to London Fashion Week, Premiere Vision, Pitti Filati and Indigo. You may even be able to arrange a placement abroad. The course also includes sessions on CV writing.
In the third year you will design, make and present your own collection. You will spend the whole of the second term designing and producing it.
Assessment is entirely through coursework, and includes a wide variety of types of work: designs, sketchbooks, textile samples, garments, drawings and paintings, patterns, sewing book samples, shop and gallery reports, portfolio presentations, verbal presentations, essays and group critiques. You will also be assessed on your professionalism, particularly during your work experience, and your engagement with the course.
We normally make offers on 220 UCAS tariff points. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required. BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas/Level 3 Diploma in Art Design at equivalent tariff are also accepted. We accept Access to HE Diploma. Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience. We normally invite students to submit a portfolio and attend an interview.International Entry Requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intenaccept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information undersupport in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts seeentry requirements.
English language requirements sive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
You might also be interested in the 12-week long Foundation course, successful completion of which will guarantee a place on a nominated BA Honours programme:
Your application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work.
We've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
We strongly advise all prospective applicants to attend an Open Day. You will be able to talk to staff and students, listen to talks on the subject areas that interest you, ask questions and go on a workshop tour.
What are the career options with a degree in Fashion Textiles?
Possible careers routes include fashion-textiles studio designer (for example textile print, knit or embellishment) and working in a variety of fashion contexts, including designing, making and collaborations with other designers. Other careers could include the performing arts - especially dance and theatre styling and branding.
Middlesex has strong links with art and design employers. Our industry partners give visiting lectures, and art and design agencies, organisations and other employers attend our final year degree show each year.
Graduates from the fashion courses at Middlesex include Richard Gray, Mark Fast, Thom Murphy and Julian Seaman.
What about work placements?
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. We encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity. A period of work experience of approximately six weeks is embedded in the degree in the middle of the second year. This is in the weeks leading up to London Fashion Week in February.
Richard Sorger graduated from Middlesex in 1991 with a first in Fashion Design. Upon graduating he moved to Milan for a year to teach fashion design in a private school, before returning to the UK to work for London based designer Abe Hamilton. After two years, Richard decided to concentrate more on the teaching side of fashion design, taking up posts at various institutions including The London College of Fashion, Middlesex University and Central Saint Martins. In 2004, Richard started designing his eponymous label, (clients included Courtney Love, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Kate Beckinsale and Heidi Klum,) and in 2009 he launched his second line, RJS by Richard Sorger. (Clients currently include Kelis, Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole, Alice Dellal, Diane Vickers, Fearne Cotton, Marina and the Diamonds, Sienna Miller, Sarah Harding and Jessie J.) He has been commissioned to produce special pieces for Swarovski and for the Victoria and Albert Museum, who recently acquired one of his dresses for their permanent collection. He has collaborated with Meadham Kirchhoff, Manolo Blahnik (for Meadham Kirchoff) and ASOS. Visit Richard’s website.
Throughout your course you will have access to our fully-equipped fashion and textiles studios as well as art and design workshops. This means you can also use photography and reprographics, for example, to help realise your ideas.
Our facilities are state-of-the-art and include silk screen printing, digital printing direct to cloth, traditional and electronic looms and industry-standard knitting machines.
Our varied and extensive library supports your research with an extensive book collection, wonderful collections of film, databases, the most up to date and archived journals and magazines, and a museum quality collection of 3D pieces including historical dress and accessories.