On this unique, innovative and diverse course, you will gain the knowledge and skills across both fashion and textiles to become a multi-faceted, multi-skilled and innovative designer.
With advancements in technology and sustainability at the focus of the modern fashion and textile industries, our programme challenges you to innovate through a combination of traditional handcraft and digital design, creating sustainable and socially responsible ways of working.
This course has been designed with your future in mind. Your learning will be split equally between fashion and textile design and production so that you’ll graduate with a wide array of skills, opening up vast and varied employment opportunities across both fashion and textiles. Students will have the opportunity to learn skills across knit, weave, print, embroidery and embellishment, as well as learning to pattern cut and construct garments, producing fashion collections incorporating their own textiles.
We value the future of the fashion and textiles industries, as well as your place within it. That’s why we teach with a focus on sustainability and socially responsible design, encouraging you to be the change-maker of the future. You’ll be taught by specialist tutors and technicians who all continue to work in the fashion and textiles industries, providing invaluable professional links and insider knowledge.
Year after year our students produce outstanding industry-standard work and leave the course with an impressive portfolio to launch their career. Take a look at some of the work from last year’s graduates on our Creative Graduates 2022 exhibition site.
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You will study a full range of specialist fashion and textiles skills spanning traditional handcraft techniques to state-of-the-art digital technologies, including pattern cutting, construction, screen and digital print, knitting, weaving, embroidery and embellishment. Teaching will be focused throughout on widening your awareness of the fashion and textile industries, both in terms of employment opportunities and also the impact fashion and textiles have socially and environmentally.
Links are consistently made between studio work and contextual studies where subjects explored include: fashion history, gender identity, sustainability, fashion cultures, production, consumption and communication of fashion.
You’ll learn a range of hard and soft skills that will support your future career in fashion and textiles. As well as creative design skills including visual and theoretical responses to design briefs, you will gain skills in time management, project planning, collaboration and team working, and you will hone your presentation and communication skills.
This module introduces students to the processes involved with being a Fashion and Textiles designer. Research, extracting visual information, observational drawing, creative drape and pattern cutting, sewing, colour theory, fabric, collage and design development skills. It includes inductions to all Level 4 appropriate fashion technical machinery as well as inductions to the library fashion resources and visit(s) to relevant museums / exhibitions within London.
This module runs throughout the length of the academic year, during which the cohort of students will work by rotation through 3 x seven-week projects, focusing on basic knowledge and skills in knit, weave and surface design (print and embroidery), with an emphasis on a fashion context, underpinned by a design brief which has an overarching consideration of sustainability in all textile areas. It includes inductions to all Level 4 appropriate textile technical machinery.
This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in FSH1030, facilitating students in using their acquired design skills to now create a 3D output. Focus is on sustainable fashion design and production methods, including minimal waste, upcycling and re-working existing garments and materials. Students work collaboratively with a BA Fashion Textiles and Design peer or peers throughout this project and further collaborate with BA Fashion Design and BA Fashion Communication and Styling students to produce an exhibition/show of their work. Work-based and peer learning opportunities are also a part of this module through each student assisting a Level 6 student for 2/3 weeks before their Graduate Fashion Show.
This module introduces students to different ways of looking at and thinking about fashion, providing an introduction to historical sources and narratives as well as key cultural and contextual theories relating to fashion. The module draws connections between fashions from the past and the present to encourage students to understand the rich cultural and social meanings of clothing and adornment. It teaches a broad range of visual and material research methodologies that encourage students to be resourceful and explore different archives and historical collections in a hands-on way. The content of the module aims to complement student’s studio projects and develops their written, oral and visual communication skills. The module provides a broad understanding and questioning of the contexts of Euro-centric fashion history and lays the critical foundations necessary for students to select areas of interest and develop their specialist knowledge when they progress to Level 5.
This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at Level 4, now moving into advanced learning across both fashion and textiles, conceptual and technical. Students will focus on their chosen textile specialism and the project brief(s) will bridge across fashion and textiles design, allowing students to produce 2D and 3D outputs with both elements fed in cohesively. There is a focus during this module on 3D realisation of ideas and the digital rendering and communication of those ideas through specialist CAD workshops, as well as inductions to all specialist Level 5 appropriate fashion and textile machinery and resources. From the start of Level 5, there is a focus on the development of professional communication skills, so all students will be expected to present their work visually and verbally in front of their tutors and peers
When students return from their Industry Placement, this module continues to develop and enhance students’ research, design and development skills within a contemporary fashion context, as well as widening their awareness of the fashion industry and their potential role in it. There is a focus on detail and quality of technical outputs through both textiles and fashion, by concentrating on the development of samples alongside development of fashion context ideas. Advanced technical workshops run alongside group and one-to-one tutorials. Group workshops in fashion production methods and in some cases using specialist fashion CAD design technologies advance students’ skills whilst broadening their understanding of sustainable design methodologies.
This module runs throughout the academic year but is full-time from Week 12-18 when students complete an Industry Work Placement. Knowledge and understanding of professional practice is developed and support in preparation for internships takes place from Week 1 of Level 5, through a series of group workshops focusing on writing CVs and cover letters, making contacts within industry and confidence building in presentation and interview skills. Students are expected to identify designers and/or studios appropriate to them and make applications independently but are facilitated and supported throughout with the aforementioned workshops as well as one-to-one tutoring. Students have previously completed internships at a range of designer studios including: Alexander McQueen, Matty Bovan, Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha and Richard Quinn.
Upon return from their internships, students are required to present their experience visually and verbally in a group presentation, and reflect on the variety of companies within the industry, including market level, structure and job roles. Follow up support workshops focusing on industry practice, to help the student produce an analytical, effective and exciting record of their work experience and insights into industry. The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity for work-based learning as well as for them to develop their own projected path within the industry. Outputs include: research boards, learning journals and verbal presentations with visual aids.
In this module, ‘Fashion Culture and Industry’, students will build upon the core academic research and communication skills introduced in the 'Fashion History and Theory' module at Level 4. Students develop and expand their specialist knowledge and understanding of critical issues in contemporary and historical fashion, and relate this to the production, consumption and mediation of fashion as a global aspect of both culture and industry. Throughout the year we will cover key economic, social and theoretical concepts, and explore how they influence the material, visual and consumer culture of fashion. Students are encouraged to challenge dominant historical narratives of fashion, and unpick fashion's mythologies from a global perspective. Students will develop their own independent research interests in contemporary fashion culture and industry, and expand their critical awareness of the fashion industry, which will help them to position their own creative work in an ethically-informed and culturally competent manner.
This module is optional and runs the length of an academic year, allowing students further opportunities for work-based learning before they start their final modules in Level 6. Building on from the knowledge and skills developed at Level 5, students are expected to work with a degree of autonomy in identifying and securing an industry work placement or placements appropriate to their own personal and professional development. The aim of the module is to utilise the work experience to provide an in-depth insight into the work methods and operation of a fashion business or freelance role in the field of fashion design, textile design and / or production. This provides potential a greater understanding of industry practice before final modules are undertaken, and potential for further experience or employment after graduating.
Consolidate all your previous learning to produce individual and creative fashion and textile responses to personal research and concepts across this year-long module. Explore individual identity, aesthetic and interests through a self-directed project, resulting in the development and production of a final collection of textiles and garments and a professional standard portfolio
You will be encouraged to focus your output by choosing to produce work as a ‘fashion textiles designer’ or a ‘textiles for fashion’ designer and you will learn the practical, creative and personal skills to confidently present your work to industry and pursue a career in fashion and / or textiles.
This module runs throughout the academic year, parallel to the studio modules. Building on skills embedded at Levels 4 and 5, the module focuses on identifying and developing research, as well as conducting critical enquiry and reflection into an area of fashion and textiles of the students’ own choosing, in order to further underpin and contextualise their studio practice. The Contextual Studies Research Project module is supported by a series of lectures, skill-based workshops, reading groups and tutorials. It will give you time and space to identify an individual research topic and question; organize research; identify and evaluate the quality of existing secondary research (bodies of existing literature); apply primary research qualitative and quantitative methods (archive research, critical analysis of visual / aural / material sources, conducting interviews and questionnaires); develop an argument; manage time; actively engage with tutorial dialogues and feedback; and develop ideas and express them critically through written, visual, and oral outputs.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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The BA Fashion Textiles & Design course is designed to support your future career developments, preparing you for a successful career in the Fashion and Textile industries.
Graduates from our fashion courses have forged successful and lucrative careers in fashion, textiles, art direction, styling, pattern cutting, sample machining, illustration and associated areas. We have many successful alumni working for brands such as Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Christopher Raeburn, Martine Rose, Sadie Williams, H&M, Fenwicks and Net-A-Porter, as well as designers forging careers designing under their own names and receiving press from Vogue, Dazed, Wonderland, iD and Love Magazine.
Our graduates have also progressed onto further studies, completing Masters Degrees at Central St Martins, Royal College of Art, Chelsea College of Art, Westminster University and Kingston University.
Teodora, our Graduate Academic Assistant, graduated from Middlesex in 2018 and after showing her collection during the MDX Graduate Fashion Show at the Barbican, she received press from Hunger Magazine, Vogue CZ, FGUK Magazine, L’Officiel and Fucking Young. She then went on to show a collection of menswear at Fashion Weekend Skopje, as well as presenting a full collection at Lisbon Fashion Week.
Wakako, our Print Tutor, is one half of the world renowned print duo Eley Kishimoto, who have produced print designs for Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander to name a few, as well as collaborations with BMW, Eastpack and Macbook Accessories. Eley Kishimoto’s work has spanned fashion and interiors as well as art installation, and their infamous ‘flash print’ has featured on London cross roads and architecture throughout the past decade.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2023, EU/International induction: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: October 2023, EU/International induction: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time
Start: October 2023, EU/International induction: September 2023
Duration: 1 year, + 3 years full-time
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