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BA in Fashion Textiles: Embroidery (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Fashion

Course Description

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery focuses on inventive approaches to the development and realisation of contemporary fashion textiles. We believe that technology and skills inform the design process and foster creativity.  Students on this specialist embroidery (mixed-media) pathway explore embellishment, surface pattern and texture for fashion materials. 

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery principles:   

  • Individual designer identity 

  • Innovative craft and digital processes 

  • Dynamic collaborative fashion community 

  • Forward-thinking fashion concerns such as sustainability, identity, and ethical issues. 

What to expect 

  • Exploited creative process – You will be introduced to new ways of seeing to exploit your creativity as a designer and provide fresh eyes to the world around you.  

  • Your designer identity – Students will explore different design methodologies and research/development processes. You will develop your creative practise through experimental engagement with materials and processes in specialist textile workshop studios. This will help you to build your design foundation and aesthetic. 

  • Tailored - Many projects on the course allow you to choose a direction that best suits your interests, beliefs and career goals as a textile designer. 

  • Diverse - You design for a diverse range of fashion market-levels, not limited to gender, driven by your own fashion concerns such as sustainability, identity, and ethical issues. 

  • Fashion theory - Your critical thinking and contextual awareness is supported by the Fashion Cultures and Histories Research Centre, enabling you to appreciate the bigger narrative of the subject area, its cultural historical context and the impact of your practice. 

  • Varied services - Outside of taught sessions you are expected to make the most of the open access workshops, digital IT facilities and library services. LCF promotes competitions and extra-curricular activities, such as study trips outside of London and abroad. 

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery focuses on inventive approaches to the development and realisation of contemporary fashion textiles. We believe that technology and skills inform the design process and foster creativity.  Students on this specialist embroidery (mixed-media) pathway explore embellishment, surface pattern and texture for fashion materials.  BA...

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Course Content

Year One, Block One

Projects encourage open and diverse responses reflecting students own environment/ cultures/ inspiration. You’ll be introduced to core skills and you will be able to tailor your project themes to your interests to develop your creative practice, analytical thinking, drawing, making, and specialist subject. 

Introduction to Fashion Textiles: Print; Knit; Embroidery 20 credits 

Experimental Process 40 credits 

Year One, Block Two

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies unit based on cultural and international theories and themes in creative industries.  Simulating industry practice, you’ll be introduced to working in an interdisciplinary textile collective with fashion students exploring how materials can inspire inventive, ethical and topical design proposals. The Better Lives unit will begin with an exploration of diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, you will aim to identify how creativity can be promoted by exploring how fashion can build better lives. 

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies 20 credits 

Introduction to Industry Practice 20 credits 

Better Lives Options 20 Credits 

Year Two, Block 3

Future Craft asks you to carefully consider the future of textile design and production through research and consideration of the environmental, social and cultural impact of your textiles on a global level. A dual emphasis is placed on the innovative use of traditional hand and craft techniques with digital processes to promote the idea of sustaining textile crafts in the future.  

Cultural and Historical Studies unit allows you to choose an option covering a current cultural theme in fashion studies, forming a backbone to investigations for final year study. 

Future Craft 20 credits 

Cultural and Historical Studies Options 20 credits 

Year Two, Block 4

You complete a term placement in industry, offering highly valuable real-life industry experience, with established and emerging companies – local and international.  

Experiences are strengthened further by working in a cross-discipline fashion and textile design team to develop an industry-led collection, alongside exploring your own designer identity project. 

Designer Identity 40 credits 

Work Experience 40 credits 

Year Three, Block 5

The year kicks off with a highly-creative explorative term, generating your own design theme and concept alongside active creative testing, prototyping and making in your specialist subject to generate innovate potential. 

Contextualising Your Practice 20 credits 

Design Synthesis 40 Credits 

Year Three, Block Six 

In response to Block Five, you’ll consolidate and plan your own programme of work for your final textile collection, where you’ll develop a professional textile/ fashion industry portfolio you require to confidently present yourself to the design industry. Work completed can be further enhanced with collaborative connections with the dynamic fashion courses. 

Final Major Project 60 credits 

Year One, Block One Projects encourage open and diverse responses reflecting students own environment/ cultures/ inspiration. You’ll be introduced to core skills and you will be able to tailor your project themes to your interests to develop your creative practice, analytical thinking, drawing, making, and specialist...

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Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications.

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Design, English and Maths);
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design);
  • Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications. Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Design, English and Maths); Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects Art & Design); Pass Foundation Diploma in...

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Assessment Methods

The following assessment methods are employed to assess the achievement of learning outcomes in an integrated approach:

  • Set projects, external or simulated projects
  • Market research
  • Portfolio developments
  • Technical folder
  • Samples
  • Written reports
  • Peer and self-reflection and evaluation
  • Essays and written evaluations
  • Presentation

The following assessment methods are employed to assess the achievement of learning outcomes in an integrated approach: Set projects, external or simulated projects Market research Portfolio developments Technical folder Samples Written reports Peer and self-reflection and evaluation Essays and...

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Additional Information

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Autumn term:

Monday 14 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021