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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

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 embroidery, fashion, knit, print and weave supported by professional practice and research and writing. Our approach to textiles and fashion explores both tradition and innovation in well equipped studios and workshops. A broad based first year develops an understanding of fundamental skills before students specialise in second year in preparation for the development of a professional portifolio in final year. Students can choose to approach the five disciplines as artists or designers and are supported to achieve career goals in professional practice modules where they have numerous opportunities for work based learning. The course offers an optional placement year between second and third year for study abroad or an industrial experience.

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About this course

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About

The course provides excellent learning opportunities in embroidery, knit, fashion, print and weave and computer aided design. 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, second year encourages students to begin to specialise and to focus on professional skills. 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 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 both 20 credit point and 40 credit point modules in first and second year with students taking 60 credits per semster. 20 credit point modules consist of 200 effort hours over 12 weeks and 40 credit modules, 400 effort hours. Students receive 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 2017
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 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

Submission of a portfolio of work.

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, teachers and lecturers, workshop coordinators and community artists. Others will choose to become freelance textile artists, designers and makers of 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: Bedeck Ltd, Dunnes Stores, Fire and Blood Productions Ltd, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Douglas and Graham and Spacecraft and RA.Irwin

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 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Additional mandatory costs

A consumable workshop fee of £100 per year is mandatory and goes towards the costs and materials in each of the five worskops. Students will be expected to buy additionial materials.

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 Directors: Hazel Bruce

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7446

E: hj.bruce@ulster.ac.uk

Alison Gault

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7423

E: ae.gault@ulster.ac.uk

Student Services Centre

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7202

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk