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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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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 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 and fashion explores both tradition and innovation in well equipped studios and workshops. Students can choose to approach the range of disciplines as artists, designers or makers and are supported to achieve career goals in professional practice modules, work based learning, and competitions.

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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 were talented enough to have their collections featured in Belfast Fashion Week.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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:

  • 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)

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Consumable workshop fees are mandatory and go towards the running costs and materials within each of the five worskops.

Local fieldtrips to museums, galleries and exhibitions are also mandatory costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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: Professor Barbara Dass

T: 028 9536 7487

E: b.dass@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: 028 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk