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Fashion Textiles BA Honours

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Fashion Textiles BA Honours

October 2019
EU/International induction: September 2019
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Scott Ramsay-Kyle

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.

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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 History and Theory (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Throughout this year long module, we will introduce to you 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. You will be encouraged to draw connections between fashions from the past and the present to encourage you to understand the rich cultural and social meanings of clothing and adornment in Western traditions. We cover a broad range of visual and material research methodologies, enabling you to be resourceful and explore different archives and historical collections in a hands-on way.

    • 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 Culture and Industry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      To build upon the core academic research and communication skills introduced in the Fashion History and Theory project, you will 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. We will cover key economic, social and theoretical concepts and explore how they influence the material, visual and consumer culture of fashion, challenging dominant historical narratives and unpicking fashion’s mythologies from a global perspective. You will develop your own independent research interests in contemporary fashion culture and industry, and a critical awareness of the fashion industry, helping you to position your creative work in an ethically-informed and culturally competent manner.

    • 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

    • Contextual Studies Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This project will allow you to engage with the identification, organisation and development of a substantial, in-depth, self-directed dissertation with a clear and sustained critical argument. We encourage the pursuit of a research topic related to issues explored in your own practice in any area of fashion. You will further develop critical awareness and self-reflection of historical and/or contemporary contexts of your discipline and research topic, building on primary and secondary research skills embedded in Years One and Two and developing your ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate appropriate sources and research methods.

    • 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. 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

Take a look at this years Look Book to see a showcase of our students work.

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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