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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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This course provides a unique learning experience in textiles and fashion producing graduates that are confident and adaptable in the 21st century.

Summary

Study Textile Art, Design and Fashion at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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, 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. In final year students write their own programme and the year has an additional graduate skills focus to ensure each student is ready for the next stage. Throughout the course, support and guidance is given as students 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.

Throughout the course students explore tradition and innovation in textiles, fashion and art practice through rigorous engagement with making and ideas. You will be encouraged to take creative risks and pursue professional opportunities throughout the course.

The course has a strong practical focus with studios and workshops at its heart and in order to support a wide range of practical activity, there will be an annual workshop fee of £100.

Find out about some of our graduates who have had their collections featured in Belfast Fashion Week.

Attendance

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

Whilst contact teaching is described below, students continue to develop their own practice in studios and workshops in their independant 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 2016
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 240 UCAS tariff points to include 2 A Levels at minimum grades CC (one of which should be in an art & design related subject).

BTEC

The BTEC Extended Diploma requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall BTEC award profile of MERIT, MERIT, MERIT to include 15 merits.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 240 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) profile of BBCCC and Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) English Language at grade C or above.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBB.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 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 of 55%.

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

Knowledge and understanding of textiles and fashion are developed through a combination of practical workshop and studio experience supported by a thorough grounding in 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 you ideas to your peers and teaching staff. A comprehensive range of traditional and innovative textile and fashion 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, exhibited and documented, practical and contextual research, written commentaries, reflective writing, statements, presentations, placement reports, professional portfolios.

Diagnostic, formative and summative feedback, central to teaching, learning and assessment offers you 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.

Apply

To apply for this course go to http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

Course Director: Professor Barbara Dass

Phone: 028 9536 7487

Email: b.dass@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre: T: 9536 7202 E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk