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Textile Design: Fibre Art with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 80 pts

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.

Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Maths Grade C/4 or above City & Guilds Level 2 Certificates - Adult Numeracy/Adult Literacy Functional Skills/Essential Skills level 2 - English and Maths Key Skills level 2 - Communication & Application of Number Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Maths grade C or above Scottish Credit Standard Grade - English Language at grade 2 or above Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.

UCAS Tariff

80

Contextualised reduced tariff offer: Please visit: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Textile design

This four-year programme has been specifically designed to allow you to undertake additional level three study, to ensure you are successful on your chosen degree programme.

The foundation course is an exciting step towards your chosen degree. It encompasses elements of fashion design, fashion business and textile design degree routes and provides a platform for you to share with and learn from others. It will help you in building confidence and independence and we aim to excite, engage and challenge you, pushing you to develop into a capable student with a great fashion and textiles aesthetic as well as an enthusiasm to learn. Our stunning Parkside Building is a dynamic and creative open environment and our students thrive on the creative buzz of being based within the heart of Birmingham. After successful completion of the year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles.

If you love making your own work and using new mediums to express yourself, feel more drawn to art gallery rather than design studio environments, then progressing onto Textile Design: Fibre Arts will be the right option for you. You will develop your skills using mixed media, and might choose to engage with traditional techniques or take a more digital or unconventional approach. Throughout the course, you will develop a clear personal identity and an understanding of where your work sits within the artistic field. You will develop the skills and confidence to apply for funding, residency and exhibition opportunities with which to build a career. Our students secure placements with arts organisations, styling companies, galleries and in education. They go on to find employment as Textile Artists, Creative Facilitators, Arts Coordinators, Designer Makers and Curators.

As a course we value diversity, nurture curiosity and place sustainability at the heart of decision making. Students develop their creativity, personal talents and professional awareness in a stimulating and supportive environment. All students are introduced to print, weave, embroidery and knit processes in the first year, enabling you to experiment with different methods to identify strengths and interests.

In second year, we teach in career-focused groups, reflecting the nature of contemporary employment needs within the industry. This provides you with further opportunity to tailor your learning experience and fulfil your own personal and professional aspirations. These reflect the breadth of professional paths that our graduates go on to pursue:
- Styling and Trend Forecasting

- Contemporary Culture and Craft

- Surface Pattern and Technologies

- Bespoke Fashion Textiles

- Retail and Promotion

You will be taught by passionate and experienced tutors and supported by highly skilled technicians; many of whom have their own practice in Textile Design. Guest speakers and visiting tutors enrich the learning experience and provide additional industry insights. Employability is at the heart of our course and collaborative work, live projects, competitions and work placements help you to develop professional experience. Students have undertaken work experience in the UK and abroad at companies such as Mary Katrantzou, John Lewis, Trend Bible and Zara. Our strong links with industries including trend agencies, design studios, museums and galleries, provide opportunities that equip students with the skills for increasingly diverse career paths.

Our final year students get the opportunity to showcase their collections via a range of platforms, including BCU’s ‘Inspired Festival’ and at New Designers in London. The diverse and innovative range of work on show exemplifies the unique identity of the course. Our aim is that you will graduate as a confident, industry-ready, independent and highly employable designer with a clear career ambition.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

School of Fashion and Textiles

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
low
Textile design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
1%
Male students
99%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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