Textile Art, Design and Fashion - BA (Hons) - Video

The course provides diverse learning experiences ensuring our students have the confidence, and skills for a future in textiles and fashion.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • BeDeck Ltd
  • AWear
  • Dunnes Store
  • Innis Meain
  • Ulster Carpets
  • Primarks UK (Pennys
  • Ireland)
  • Douglas & Graham Ltd.

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Artist in Residence
  • Buyer
  • Colorist
  • Community Arts Facilitator
  • Education (Primary
  • Secondary & FE)
  • Fashion Designer
  • Designer

Overview

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The course provides diverse learning experiences ensuring our students have the confidence, and skills for a future in textiles and fashion.

Summary

BA Hons Textile Art Design and Fashion Course offers practice-based study in Textiles and Fashion within the areas of print, knit, weave, embroidery, professional practice, research and writing.

Our approach to textiles explores both tradition and innovation in well equipped studios and workshops.

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About this course

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About

The course provides excellent learning opportunities in embroidery, stitch, print, knit, weave, pattern cutting, digital technologies and CAD. We offer the opportunity to experience traditional skills, cutting edge digital technology and art and design practice. After a broad based first year learning fundamental workshop, visual literacy and contextual study skills, a second year explores two and three dimensional thinking and processes in depth. Students will be supported and guided to develop their practice in one of three pathways, Artist, Designer or Maker.

These three routes represent the main pathways into employment and self employment in the creative industries sector.

You will explore the space between tradition and innovation in textiles, fashion and art practice and will achieve this through rigorous process and conceptual engagement. The course is aimed to be in tune with the creative economy. You will be encouraged to take creative risks and pursue professional opportunities throughout the course.

Attendance

Full-time - Three/ four years (with placement).
Part-time - Six years.

Whilst contact teaching is described below, students cotinue to develop their own practice in studios and workshops in their independent study time.

The Course has specified times for contact teaching at Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials however students are expected to be in their studio's and workshops engaging in studio practice and project development outside these specific contact teaching times.

The Course has 20 credit point modules and 40 credit point modules, 20 credit point modules consist of 200 effort hours over 12 weeks with a weekly contact teaching of 3 hours per week with further technical support in workshops. The 40 credit point modules have contact teaching for 6 hours per week with technical support in the workshops.

In the part-time Course students study the 20 credit point module with the rest of the cohort in real time, while the 40 credit module is studied in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC - BBB.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A-level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

BTEC

The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is based on an overall BTEC award profile of DMM (to include a minimum of 7 distinctions) - DDM (to include a minimum of 9 distinctions).

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 – H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 and English Language at grade O4 or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is CCCCC - BBBCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CDD - CCC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of Access Course with an average mark between 65% - 70%%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language at minimum grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

Teaching and learning assessment

The knowledge, understanding, ideas and skills needed to succeed in textiles and fashion are developed through a combination of practical workshop and studio experience supported by history, theory and research. Lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials based around recommended reading and direct experience offer a variety of settings and styles in which you can develop ideas and gain the confidence to articulate your ideas to peers and tutors. A comprehensive range of demonstrations, workshops and master classes are core to delivery as are workshops and lectures supporting placement, live projects and self-directed study. Transferable graduate skills are developed through engagement with all elements of the course and are fundamental to undertaking coursework and to future success in textiles and fashion and the creative industries.

Assessment is based on 100% coursework which can take a range of formats including artworks and design collections, practical and contextual research, essays, statements, presentations, reports and digital portfolios.

Feedback is central to teaching, learning and assessment and offers essential guidance throughout the course. Summative feedback in written and verbal forms encourages you to reflect on progress and achievement and to consider suggestions for future direction.

Exemptions and transferability

Students with appropriate prior experience and who can demonstrate an appropriate level of art and design practice may opt for entry into Year 2 and in exceptional circumstances to Year 3.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • BeDeck Ltd
  • AWear
  • Dunnes Store
  • Innis Meain
  • Ulster Carpets
  • Primarks UK (Pennys
  • Ireland)
  • Douglas & Graham Ltd.

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Artist in Residence
  • Buyer
  • Colorist
  • Community Arts Facilitator
  • Education (Primary
  • Secondary & FE)
  • Fashion Designer
  • Designer

Career options

Graduates will be equipped to pursue a range of career paths within an increasingly diverse field as self employed and freelance textile artists, designers, and makers of craft objects. For those focusing on business and industry they will work as designers, buyers, product developers and design marketing executives. For those in the public and private sectors they will find careers as arts officers, educators, workshop coordinators, community artists, curators and cultural commentators. Others will choose to become freelance textile artists, designers and makers of functional and non functional artworks, selling their work through art and craft markets, online, or through agents. They will undertake private and public commissions, residencies and will adopt a portfolio approach to building a career.

These career opportunities are established through longstanding formal and informal relationships with a wide range of art, design and cultural organisations and businesses in Northern Ireland, Ireland and beyond.

Organisations include: A|Wear, Bedeck Ltd, Dunnes Stores, Fire and Blood Productions Ltd, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Spacecraft - Craft and Design Collective.

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How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,470.00

Additional mandatory costs

An optional workshop consumable materials scheme contributes to materials made available in each of the five textiles workshops for use by students in their own work.

Field trips and visits to museums, galleries, exhibitions and industry site visits may also incur additional costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.