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

The course provides diverse learning experiences ensuring 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

  • Avoca
  • BEDECK
  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • B&M Stores
  • Primarks UK (Pennys
  • Ireland)
  • Port West Workwear
  • Marks & Spencer

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Assistant Designer
  • Colorist
  • Buyer
  • Artist in Residence
  • Designer
  • Education (Primary
  • Secondary & FE)
  • Freelance Artist & Designer

Overview

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

Summary

BA Hons Textile Art, Design and Fashion explores the breadth of skill, technology, knowledge, heritage and cultural significance associated with contemporary Textiles and Fashion. Through the five specialist areas, embroidery, knit, pattern cutting, print and weave each student is challenged to explore both tradition and innovation supported be expert technical and academic staff. In well equipped studios and workshops each student is challenged to work ambitiously and creatively, selecting the pathway most suited to their strengths and future ambitions as either a Textile Artist, Textile Designer or Fashion Designer. Employability is very important to us so we support students to make the right decisions throughout the course by identifying clear career goals and strategies in professional practice modules, placement opportunities and competitions. The Course also provides the (optional) opportunity to take a placement year due to our excellent industry connections.

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About this course

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About

The course provides excellent learning opportunities through practical workshops, challenging lecture programmes, discursive seminars, digital technologies, history and theory modules, with an emphasis on professional practice throughout. You will be encouraged to take creative risks, be ambitious and pursue professional opportunities throughout. We offer the opportunity to experience both low and high tech approaches to both an art and design practice to ensure confidence in selecting the right pathway. After a broad based first year learning the fundamental skills associated with each specialism, visual literacy and cultural contexts, second year explores two and three dimensional thinking and processes through the specialist skills modules. It is at this stage, students start to refine and select their specialism and pathway to focus their studies to ensure confidence and expertise. Support and guidance is given as students develop their practice in one pathway as a Textile Artist or Textile Designer or Fashion Designer. In final year students write their own project, directing their study in areas of specific interest and the year has an additional graduate skills focus to ensure each student is ready for graduate life in the creative industries.

The course has a strong practical focus with studios and workshops at its heart, so in order to support a wide range of practical activity we bulk buy specialist materials to produce workshop quality materials packs for an annual consumable materials charge of £100.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

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

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

Throughout year 1 and 2 of the course each semester is made up of one 20 credit point module and a 40 credit point module. Each credit point equals 10 effort hours, so for a 20 credit module there should be 200 effort hours over the 12 weeks in a semester. For a 20 credit point module you would be timetabled for 3 hours a week with further support on Blackboard Learn. 40 credit point modules have contact teaching for a minimum of 6 hours per week with significant additional support in the workshops from specialist technicians. This supervised workshop experience means students can access help and advice 5 days a week. To support the ambition and criticality required in final year the final practice based module is worth 80 credits.

The Course is full-time so we expect students to work independently in studios and workshops in their independent study time

Start dates

  • September 2020
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.

Applied General Qualifications

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 of 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

Applicants may be selected through interview and/ or portfolio submission.

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:

  • Avoca
  • BEDECK
  • Decora Blind Systems Ltd
  • B&M Stores
  • Primarks UK (Pennys
  • Ireland)
  • Port West Workwear
  • Marks & Spencer

Job roles

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

  • Assistant Designer
  • Colorist
  • Buyer
  • Artist in Residence
  • Designer
  • Education (Primary
  • Secondary & FE)
  • Freelance Artist & 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: AWear, Bedeck Ltd, Dunnes Stores, Fire and Blood Productions Ltd, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Spacecraft - Craft and Design Collective.

Work placement / study abroad

As part of your academic studies, you may opt to undertake a period of placement where you will be studying or broadening your experience in either a professional/industrial situation or undertaking academic studies in another institution. A successful placement year in industry or study abroad results in the following awards:

Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP)

Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI)

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS)

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Start dates

  • September 2020

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 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.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Discounts for student from England, Scotland and Wales:

You have three discount options to choose from:

£2,000 discount on tuition fees. £1,000 discount on tuition fees

  • Plus £1,000 towards accommodation
  • Plus £500 towards travel

£1,000 discount on tuition fees

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/apply/scholarships/international-undergraduate-scholarship

  • Open to all new international (non-EU) entrants on the first year of a full-time undergraduate course delivered on one of our Northern Ireland campuses, commencing September 2018.

Value

£2,000 scholarship applied as discount to your annual tuition fee.

  • Information on other scholarships available to international students

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/apply/scholarships

  • Other awards and prizes:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

Information provided is for guidance only as scholarship details are subject to change - please refer to the source website for up-to-date and accurate information.

Additional mandatory costs

Students purchase materials for their own coursework.

Consumable workshop contribution of up to £100 is optional and contributes to materials used by students.

Local field trips to museums, galleries and exhibitions may 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.

Contact

Course Director: Alison Gault

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7423

E: ae.gault@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7202

E: bsart@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Belfast School of Art