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.
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 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
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 will consider all applications on their individual merit; successful applicants should demonstrate suitability, dedication and fitness for their chosen programme of study. All candidates are asked to submit evidence of previous production and creative practice, normally presented as a portfolio. As far as possible, students are invited to attend for interview and will be offered the opportunity to view the School and meet appropriate staff and students. Where prior qualifications are not available; applicants with appropriate experience will be assessed on the evidence of their commitment and the quality of their portfolio.
The School normally makes offers on condition of 280 UCAS tariff points in line with our long held belief that the achievement of distinction from a Foundation or Level 3 Diploma or BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design is an excellent preparation for our courses. The International Baccalaureate and Advanced Progression Diplomas, specialising in Art and Design subjects, are also accepted at the equivalent tariff and above. We accept the Access to HE Diploma. GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required for a student entering the University.
Recognised overseas qualifications must evidence at least the equivalent standards as home students. The School invites the submission of portfolios from all of its applicants so that we can assess ability and potential. To find out more about the requirements from your country of origin, please see further information under support in your country.
Applicants 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 Intensive 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.
The 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.
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've put together a short video to help you prepare your portfolio.
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.
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.
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.