BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles

Welcome to Fashion and Textiles.

Our unique BA (hons) in Fashion and Textiles offers exciting opportunities to study Fashion Design and Printed Textiles for Fashion or Interior applications. Our course is highly practical with a strong emphasis on design and making, whether that is a length of hand printed fabric or the production of a fashion collection.

With our strong employer links, we recognise and respond to Industry Trends and aim to develop highly individual, skilled and creative graduates. Our alumni can be found working at brands across all levels, including: Burberry, Zoffany, Paul Smith, M&S, French Connection, Oasis, and River Island.

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This unique degree programme aims to develop your creative and practical skills for both Fashion and Textiles.

The course introduces you to the importance of research, critical thinking and the design process, along with the practical disciplines of; pattern making, fashion construction and textile processes, including traditional print methods and digital techniques. Our 3-year programme is delivered by a team of dedicated professionals with a variety of specialist subject knowledge and professional expertise. Excellent links with industry allow students to engage in live projects and also provide final year students with a mentor as part of our unique Industry Mentor programme.

Students can combine areas of study throughout the degree, or alternatively may specialise in Fashion Design, Fashion Textiles or Fashion Interiors developing a personal design philosophy and a unique set of skills. Our students are also able to attend London-based shows and exhibitions including New Designers.

Portfolio of artwork supported by 64 UCAS points* gained from study on Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or level 3 Diploma in an art related subject along with 5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English language, or an Art and Design Foundation Year. Exceptionally, A Level applicants with appropriate portfolio of artwork and knowledge. Students without formal qualifications but with appropriate portfolio of artwork/ work experience. All applicants are formally interviewed.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Graduate Progression

Graduate shows and exhibitions such as Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers and a Fashion Show give a platform to students to exhibit their work to a wider audience. Our feedback shows that 80% of our graduates find employment; this is higher than the national average. The breadth of the course enables our Graduates to find work in a variety of areas and at all levels of the industry, from well-known high-street brands such as Ted Baker, Monsoon and Asos to high end luxury labels including Burberry, Harrods own Label and Paul Smith. Students work as; Designers, Pattern cutters, Garment Technologists, Product Developers, Buyers, Visual Merchandising, Public Relations, Print designers, Print studio managers, Trend Forecasters, Teachers.

Students may apply to join graduate schemes to pursue careers in Buying, Retail management or Marketing. Some students wish to continue studying and specialise further; for example we currently have 3 students at the Royal College of Art studying Textiles. The educational sector can be accessed through a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education.

Awarding body: University of Essex

Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from the University of Essex. The agreement between the University Centre Colchester and the University of Essex is reviewed every five years and was last renewed in 2017.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles - Full Time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration3 years
UCAS CodeW231
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250 per year
BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles - Part Time
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
Duration6 Years
Course CodeZH1BAFTP01
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Fee(s)2018-19: £4,625 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Module Code and Title:

BAFT01C Introduction to Fashion and Textiles Processes (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module will introduce you to the analytical, creative and practical skills you will need as a designer.

What do I learn?

You will be learning about the visual language of drawing for design in both Fashion and Textiles and how to research and develop ideas, both in your sketchbook and practically through pattern cutting, garment construction and textile applications.

What’s the assignment?

The project focusses on the methodology used to design. Using your own research, you will generate ideas for a surface pattern, producing a length of screen-printed cloth; this cloth will then be used to manufacture a shirt from your own design.

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BAFT02C Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

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BAFT03C Exploration of Fashion and Textile Practice (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module is designed to help students explore their potential as designers. The research-based brief asks you to consider the Fashion and Textiles design process and explore a given theme in an individual way.

What do I learn?

Through a series of practical workshops you will be supported to identify and develop your own working method. You will learn to work independently with confidence, developing ideas for Fashion and Textiles in a contemporary context. This will involve the design and manufacture of both garments and fashion fabrics.

What’s the assignment?

The assignment is to develop a personal response to the given theme and manufacture a practical Fashion and Textiles outcome. You will also be submitting a professional portfolio for assessment. All outcomes will be supported by practical workshops helping you to establish your own successful working methods.

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BAFT04C Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAFT05C Introduction to Fashion Construction (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This is a practical module based in the workshop, introducing a range of industrial equipment, safe working practices, and basic pattern-cutting and manufacturing skills for Fashion.

What do I learn?

Based in the sewing workshop, you will be introduced to a variety of theoretical and technical processes and understand how technical skills underpin the design process.

What’s the assignment?

There are 2 things to submit: a file of practical samples and pattern-cutting techniques, and a toile (sample garment) that has been designed, pattern cut and manufactured during the module.

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BAFT06C Introduction to Textile Applications (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module introduces students to fundamental printed Textile processes. The module provides an in-depth understating of traditional processes and gives students confidence to work in an exciting practical workshop environment.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to a wide range of traditional printed Textile processes that includes dying, printing, embellishment & decorative surface treatments for both Fashion and furnishing fabrics.

What’s the assignment?  

Throughout the practical workshop sessions, you will develop a series of fabric samples that explore traditional technique. Once you have mastered these, the assignment is to show you have worked creatively with them to develop new and innovative Textile samples.

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BAFT07C Introduction to Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

 What’s it about?

This is a practice-based module that supports the developmental work being done in your main studio modules, enabling you to effectively employ a range of drawing approaches and processes.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to a variety of drawing materials, techniques and processes.  This will include building an understanding of the principles underlying different approaches to drawing, developing your mark-making and drawing skills, and acquiring a deeper understanding of contextual and conceptual elements of historical and contemporary practices.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Written & Illustrated File [20%], which is all contextual research material on other artists’ work and your reflective writing about it, and Material Outcomes [80%], which is your portfolio of drawing works, sketchbooks and a 500-word Critical Appraisal of your work.

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BAFT09C Introduction to Digital Imaging and Manipulation (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

While you are learning basic technical skills with analogue equipment and processes in the studio module, this support module will be equipping you with complementary skills in digital imaging and, in particular, with image-editing and digital manipulation.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to the industry-standard software package, Adobe Photoshop, and guided through a wide range of techniques and processes that are commonly used to edit digital images in differing commercial applications.

What’s the assignment?

You will produce a portfolio of digitally manipulated images that demonstrate a range of different techniques. The portfolio will be supported by appropriate visual research and the preparatory work used in developing your ideas for the images, and a record of the various editing techniques you’ve used and your analysis of how successful they’ve been.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

BAFTO1I Development of Fashion and Textile Processes

What’s it about?

Students are asked to carry out research and to respond to a set brief, generating a range of creative ideas to form a collection, utilising both Fashion and Textile design skills.

What do I learn?

About the importance of original research, in generating ideas for both Fashion and Textiles. Workshops include: sketchbook development, illustration, using colour, materials and processes, and CAD skills.

What’s the assignment?

The assignment is a design project to produce a Fashion and Textiles collection; the outcome may be a finished garment or a length of screen-printed fabric. CAD skills underpin the portfolio presentation of the finished design work.

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BAFT02I Personal Development Planning

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

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BAFT03I Investigation of Fashion and Textile Practice

What’s it about?

Students are to reflect upon and use their learning experience so far by engaging with a live industry project for an identified brand. The module is designed to encourage a creative and focused response and will showcase students developing skills as designers and makers.

What do I learn?

A variety of specialist skills will be used to transform initial research and ideas into concepts and established design work for Fashion and Textiles. Use of Photoshop for digital Textile ideas, along with portfolio presentation and use of Illustrator for technical garment flats, are essential to the module and a major part of the outcome.

What’s the assignment?

A live industry led-design brief, the outcome is a professional portfolio showcasing Fashion and Textile ideas and a short presentation to industry.

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BAFT04I Developmental Research

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

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BAFT06I Development of Fashion Construction

What’s it about?

This is a practical module based in the workshop, introducing a series of advanced techniques used in pattern-cutting and garment manufacture.

What do I learn?

You will be introduced to a variety of advanced theoretical and technical processes, and by designing a mini collection you will understand how technical skills underpin the design process.

What’s the assignment?

You will build a file documenting a wide range of technical processes and samples; using this reference, you will then design a mini collection, cut a pattern and manufacture a toile (sample garment) for a selected design.

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BAFT05I Development of Textile Boundaries

What’s it about?

This module introduces students to a wide range of contemporary printed textile processes. The module provides a safe and supported workshop environment for students to develop individual and innovative working methods pushing the traditional boundaries of printed Textiles practice.

What do I learn?

You will be supported to work independently using your understanding of traditional processes to develop personal working methods. This will mean subverting traditional processes and developing new innovative ways of applying pattern, colour & embellishments to cloth.

What’s the assignment?  

Through the practical workshop sessions, you will develop a series of fabric samples that explore innovation. You will be asked to evidence your use of process in the context of a contemporary Fashion and Textiles design environment.

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BAFT07I Development of Drawing Processes (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This module aims to encourage the development of a personal creative approach to drawing. You will be encouraged to explore conceptual and unorthodox approaches to drawing and mark-making and broaden your understanding of the role drawing can play in your studio practice.

What do I learn?

Through studio-based workshops and tutorials you will develop your skills and ideas via a range of approaches, materials and processes that will typically include observational and analytical drawing, image manipulation and media experimentation. You will also work on your ability to explore, analyse and manipulate imagery, and adopt experimental approaches to the practice and process of drawing and mark making.

What’s the assignment?

There are two elements to submit: Research & Development [40%], which includes all contextual research on other artists, and Material Outcomes [60%], which includes a portfolio of drawing work and a 500-word Critical Self-Appraisal.

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Year Three (Level 6)

Module Code and Title:

BAFT01H Refinement of Fashion and Textile Processes

What’s it about?

This is a practice-based module that requires you to engage in the independent development and production of creative solutions for a self-initiated project proposal. The work you undertake and produce for this module may also serve as a precursor to the work you will produce in the Professional Practice module.

What do I learn?

You will synthesise all the practical and theoretical skills learnt so far on the course. As well as developing your specialist skills further, you will learn how to manage time in a larger, more complex project.

What’s the assignment?

The assignment is a self- initiated brief. Work to be submitted will include: Sketch/Ideas books, Practical Research Material, Contextual Research Material, Toiles and Textile samples.

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BAFT02H Professional Development Planning

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

 What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

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BAFT03H Professional Fashion and Textile Practice

What’s it about?

A professional design module bringing together everything that you have learnt on the course to produce a final collection of Fashion or of Textiles – or a mix of both disciplines – for assessment and public exhibition.

What do I learn?

In addition to practical and specialist design skills, you will learn how to work professionally, managing time to produce work that is ambitious, refined and conceptually synthesized and to an appropriate professional standard.

What’s the assignment?

The self-initiated project outcome is agreed with tutors. At the end of the module you will also apply professional standards of preparation and presentation to the public exhibition of your work.

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BAFT04H Dissertation

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarized overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

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Contextual Studies

Year One: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02C, BAFT02C, BAGD02C, BATD02C, BAPH05C:

Introduction to Study Skills and Personal Planning (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module introduces you to the Higher Education learning environment.

It will equip you with the skills to reflect on your learning and experience as a student.

 

What do I learn?

  • Appreciation and understanding of the requirements of a HE learning environment
  • Identifying, recording and practicing the skills required to be successful in your studies
  • The ability to record and reflect upon the development of your learning

 

What’s the assignment?

A 10-minute audio-visual presentation to your peer group, a reflective online journal, and a 1,500-word report on your learning experience.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA04C, BAFT04C, BAGD04C, BAPHO6C, BATD04C:

Critical and Contextual Research (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

A range of lectures and seminars, running throughout the academic year, on the history and development of art and design practice.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn about the social, economic, political, industrial, technical and environmental contexts within which art, design & craft are conceived and produced.  You will also develop your communication, research and analytical skills and your ability to write coherently and present your ideas to an audience.

 

What’s the assignment?

You are asked to give a 10-minute presentation and submit an illustrated essay or report (2,000 words) on a topic agreed with your tutor.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

 

Year Two: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02I, BAFT02I, BAGD02I, BAPH02I, BATD02I:

Personal Development Planning (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module is about independently assessing and reflecting on your learning so far and considering your plans for the future, identifying the skills you have already learned and where you might need to apply yourself more in order to achieve those goals.

 

What do I learn?

You will develop your independence in applying study skills, which will help you in your studies and career, such as identifying and assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, planning and organising developmental needs and making reflective and critical judgments.

 

What’s the assignment?

You will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on an agreed career development proposal and submit a 2,000-word Reflective Report and online illustrated journal.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA041, BAFT041, BAGD041, BAPHO41, BATD041:

Developmental Research (15 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module builds upon the broad overview of art and design practice introduced in the Critical and Contextual Studies module at Level 4. It will develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary theories of art and help you to examine them in relation to your own practice and interests.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn about contemporary and historical ideas and debates within your subject, and further enhance your abilities to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and spoken form.

 

What’s the assignment?

You will deliver a 10-minute audio-visual presentation, and an illustrated essay or report (3,000 words) on a research topic agreed with your tutor.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

 

 

 

Year Three: All Art and Design Pathways

 

Module Code and Title:

BAFA02H, BAFT02H, BAGD02H, BATD02H, BAPH02H:

Professional Development Planning (30 Credits)

 

What’s it about?

This module is about supporting your preparation for professional progression, by providing a forum for you to reflect on your role as an artist or designer and consider what professional practice or research interests you might pursue following graduation.

 

What do I learn?

This module will provide an understanding and awareness of the varied and eclectic avenues available to you as an Art and Design graduate. Professional development workshops & visiting lecturers will provide you with practical guidance on working in the creative industries.

 

What’s the assignment?

There are three elements to submit: an Audio-Visual Presentation [20%] which identifies your postgraduate goals, an Illustrated Blog [40%], with documentation of your research (e.g. CV, funding streams, work and exhibiting opportunities), and an Exhibition Presentation [40%], based on the exhibition of work you present at the end of your final year.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.

Module Code and Title:

BAFA04H, BAFT04H, BAGD04H, BATD04H; BAPH04H:

Dissertation (30 Credits)

What’s it about?

You will be using your academic and writing skills to engage with in-depth exploration, research and investigation of a subject related to your main studio practice.

 

What do I learn?

You will learn to plan and write a dissertation that demonstrates logical and consistent structure and fulfils the requirements and standards for academic writing.

 

What’s the assignment?

There are two assignments to be submitted. Firstly, you will produce a 500-word dissertation proposal to provide a summarized overview of the subject. You will then produce a 6,000-word illustrated dissertation on your chosen subject.

 

Want to know more?

To see the module description, please click here.


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