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Fashion Textiles BA Honours

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Fashion Textiles BA Honours

Code
W232
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Anthony Campbell

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 University?

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.

Course highlights

  • 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
  • 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
  • At the end of your degree you will exhibit your work at the Degree Show, a great opportunity to show off your talents to creative industry employers
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA Fashion Textiles?

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 both old and new technologies. 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.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Fashion, Cultural Contexts and Representation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the contexts of fashion histories in order to provide a rich visual and intellectual resource for developing research practice in both studio and academic fields. You will lay the foundations for good research practice by being encouraged 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 your ability to make connections between research and practice. The module also aims to develop your writing and communication skills.

    • 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. It will encourage the discovery of an individual style and/or identify through exploratory and experimental work.

    • Introducing Fashion Textiles (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you a thorough and comprehensive grounding in designing for printed and constructed textiles with emphasis on the specialist nature of fashion textiles. It will also introduce a design methodology based on the development and exploration of personal visual research which recognises the link between studio and workshop practice. You will foster a culture of studio working practice which offers support for individual development, and you will contextualise historical influences on textile design.

    • Introduction to Processes and Materials (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the means to recognise the importance of the design process in the development of a project and employ fundamental technical knowledge and workshop skills in design projects. Working safely and appropriately with specialist machinery and equipment will be taught and enforced. You will gain a broad understanding of the properties and qualities of materials and finishes, explore, analyse and test the use of materials in a design project, and understand how a design and the design process is informed by different contexts. The use of IT and CAD equipment will be encouraged to develop skills relevant to a specialist design discipline. You will also develop a range of skills and mediums to assist in the visual communication and presentation of design ideas and thinking. You will be self-motivated and disciplined, and recognise the importance of care, organisation and planning in the design process. You will gain an understanding on a range of specific transferable skills that will enable you to engage independently in effective learning and provide a framework for your personal and career development skills.

  • Year 2

    • Developing Fashion Textiles (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your experience and skills in design for fashion textiles with emphasis on the versatility of the professional fashion textile designer. It will build confidence and establish the use of an appropriate professional language through visual and oral presentations. You will extend your knowledge of historical and contemporary design and trends in relation to fashion textiles.

    • Fashion Cultures (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on work in Year 1, this module introduces the concept of fashion as both culture and industry. It aims to explore the link between the fashion industries and the processes of globalisation. You are introduced to the idea of fashion as a system and asked to theorise and understand your developing practice within a wider fashion system.

    • Process, Production and Presentation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the means to advance your 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, and develop your capacity for self-directed study and the critical evaluation of your work and performance. You will advance and acquire further design skills through resolving designs in appropriate materials and to an appropriate standard. You will also acquire further design skills through the process of project management and develop skills in self management and team working in developing a design project. Your skills in the use of IT and CAD in the development and presentation of design projects will be developed and you will extend your awareness of professional practice relevant to your specialism. You will gain confidence and aspire to professionalism in all aspects of your work, presentation and performance.

  • Year 3

    • Critical and Contextual Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to identify and deliver a written research project related to your development as a creative studio practitioner. It will consolidate the development of skills gained in Year 1 and 2 of project identification, research organisation and development, time management, visual analysis and critical argument, and allow you to extend your ability to think creatively about the professional presentation of conceptual, critical and contextual material in both written and visual form. The module will also encourage 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.

    • Final Portfolio and Collection (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This placement module is for those who wish to gain further supervised experience in professional work situation, to further develop specialist work practices and to reflect, analyse and evaluate your experience and present this through a formal presentation. Through this evaluation you 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, this module aims to enable you to audit and articulate your design practice in relation to the different fields of knowledge design and communication, professional practice, technologies and processes, history and theory developed throughout your studies.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Interview and portfolio
  4. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Fashion Textiles support your career ?

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.

Graduate success

'One to watch' designer makes fashion debut in London Fashion Week

Middlesex graduate Luke Archer has showcased his luxury fashion label’s debut collection during London Fashion Week.

Kimberly Wyatt shows off student creations in front of thousands on stage

Fashion student Luke Anthony Rooney is celebrating after dressing celebrity Kimberly Wyatt at the British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park, London, in front of thousands on Sunday 7 July.

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.

Other courses

Fashion Design BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WFH0

Fashion Communication and Styling BA Honours

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 3 years full-time

Code: WF30

Fashion BA with Foundation Year

Start: October 2018, EU/International induction: September 2018

Duration: 1 year, + 3 years full-time

Code: W23T

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