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Fashion Textiles BA Honours

Textiles are essential to the fashion industry. Our course will teach you all about them through practical and classroom learning.

Fashion Textiles BA Honours

October 2020
EU/International induction: September 2020
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Jodie Ruffle

Why study fashion textiles* with us?

With our fashion textiles course, you’ll learn all about fashion and textile design construction in state-of-the-art facilities right here on campus. These include fully equipped fashion and textiles studios plus art and design workshops. You’ll be able to take advantage of silk screen printing, digital printing direct to cloth, traditional and electronic looms and industry-standard knitting machines.

Our campus is conveniently located for you to explore one of the world’s fashion capitals throughout your studies. We also have close links within the industry, ensuring that your work can be seen by the right people. We often host guest lectures and big industry names; in the past these have included Jonathan Saunders and Louise Gray.

You’ll learn through a combination of masterclasses, technical workshops and repeat practice to really master the whole process of designing clothes, which starts with research and design through to creation of garments. Working in a team, you’ll produce your own blog which will further your knowledge and understanding of the subject while helping to prepare you to make and present your own collection in year three.

Develop your textile creation skills with our course

Understanding what a job in the fashion industry looks like from the start of your course is the best way to prepare for the world of work. That’s why we ensure that practical work experience is part of your studies from the beginning. In your first and second year, you’ll assist third-year students with their final degree show, learning about all the different aspects of the fashion show and getting a taste for what’s in store for you. Additionally, you’ll undergo a six-week work placement in the second year, helping out designers prepare for London Fashion Week. All this means that your creativity and work are getting seen by industry professionals.

A degree in fashion textiles can lead to many exciting career paths and some of our past graduates have gone on to work in designers’ studios working with textile print, knit, or embellishments. This course can also open other fashion career avenues like collaboration with other designers, theatre styling, and branding.

Recent graduate Miles is now working as a designer for Surfdome while Conor Baxter was included in 15 up-and-coming young designers to know by photographer Arved Colvin-Smith and HUNGER’s fashion director Kim Howells, for his graduate collection in 2018.

Get the support you need

We ensure that every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get assistance from technicians who’re professionals in the fashion industry and have plenty of experience to support your projects.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

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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.


  • Year 1

    • Fashion 101 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the wider world of Fashion. You will already be aware of various magazines, websites, shops, galleries and museums etc. but we will be asking you to explore so much more. You are studying in London and, even if you are already familiar with this wonderful fashion capital, the projects on this module will guide you to some of the most exciting fashion, textiles and design related places in the world. As part of this Module, we will also be introducing you to various CAD packages including Photoshop and Illustrator, skills that are essential for employment in the Fashion and Fashion Textiles Industry. We will be asking you to reflect on your experiences and report back on them through a blog that you will build yourself.

    • Introducing Fashion Textiles (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Within this module we will be introducing you to the three textile skills sets available to you on this programme – Weave, Print, and Knit supported by research design development and colour. This will give you opportunity to explore the three pathways in order to identify which is best suited to you as a designer and at the end of this module you will select one pathway. This is in order to be able to concentrate on intensive exploration of that area over the following two years– possibly combined with a little of one other Fashion Textile specialisms - to uncover new and unique ways of realising your ideas through Fashion Textiles.

    • Exploring Textiles as Fashion (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Garment Construction and Pattern-Cutting, this module focuses on the knowledge and skills specific to fashion design and construction. You will will learn basic sewing and flat pattern cutting while learning how to create a concept, conduct research through to designing and creating a garment.

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

      This module introduces you to the histories and theories of fashion. Through a series of lectures, seminars, visits and workshops you will be introduced to key designers, social, cultural and economic factors affecting fashion and its promotion in the 20th and 21st centuries. The module is written expressly for Fashion students and is designed to develop your skills and confidence in research.

  • Year 2

    • Fashion Textiles in Context (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop and enhance your research skills within a contemporary fashion context, as well as widening your awareness of the fashion industry. You will explore innovative pattern cutting and garment construction techniques in combination with advanced technical skills within your chosen specialism. Professional practice is addressed during this module, and you will be embarking on your work placement within the fashion industry. This will ideally be placed in the weeks around London Fashion Week, Premiere Vision and PittiFilati so that you may take advantage of the additional activities in designer/practitioner workrooms and studios at that time. Your placement will be invaluable in terms of employability and often they lead to job offers on or before graduation.

    • Developing Fashion Textiles (30 credits) - Compulsory

      During this module you will develop your portfolio and design work to a more advanced level. There will be further emphasis on the versatility and the professional application of garment construction skills alongside your textile specialism. You will focus more closely on the advanced techniques used to produce textiles, including the skills needed to operate specialist equipment and other industry relevant machinery.

    • Fashion Culture and Industry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of critical issues in contemporary fashion, related to the production, consumption and mediation of fashion as a global aspect of both culture and industry. You will gain specialist knowledge and understanding of key economic, social and theoretical concepts and how they influence the material, visual and consumer culture of fashion. You will be encouraged to challenge dominant historical narratives and unpick fashion’s mythologies from a global perspective . This module will help you u position your creative work in an ethically-informed and culturally competent manner.

  • Year 3

    • Fashion Textiles Portfolio & Final Collection (90 credits) - Compulsory

      You will be embarking on a more precise exploration of personal design interest; this is the time to explore who you are as a designer. You will conceive your own project, which relates to your personal direction within Fashion Textiles. There will be a Pre-collection stage which will lay the foundation for your Final Major Collection in terms of concept and contextualization of your work. The Final Major Collection is where you will synthesize, direct and manage your own vision. You will be producing extensive research, design development, sampling and toiling, evidencing engagement with your chosen subject matter while being innovative and improving on refinement and consolidating all previous learning. This module will culminate in a final graduate collection and a final portfolio. There will be further periods of technical tuition and master classes.


    • Contextual Studies Research Project (30 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. 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.

  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
  3. Additional costs


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Look Book

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Degree Show

The photography work that our students create is world-class. Each year, our final year students exhibit their work at our Degree Fashion Show. You can watch previous shows below.

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.

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