Arts University Bournemouth Textiles

Arts University Bournemouth Textiles

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Course Overview

Mode of study

Full time – 1, 2 or 3 terms

Autumn term duration

1 term
September – December
2 terms
September – March
3 terms
September – May

Spring term duration

1 term
January – March
2 terms
January – May


Contact Study Abroad on +44 1202 853608 or Skype: aub-studyabroad


Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but do not necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Students are fully integrated with our BA (Hons) students in an exciting, creative University environment.

This Semester Study Abroad Textiles course offers broad based creative study in the field of textiles, covering the breadth of the discipline and its applications including surface print, stitch embellishment, dyeing and construction processes. It offers the opportunity to focus on a variety of specialist areas, including textiles for fashion, textiles for interiors and textiles as art/crafts. Traditional skills are taught together with expertise in design development and production.

This course focuses upon the fundamentals of textile making and designing. You will explore and develop your own creative ideas and design concepts through visual problem solving.

In process led workshop introductions and design briefs you will develop surface-print, stitch/embellishment, and construction/manipulation skills. You will engage in a series of exercises, demonstrations and short briefs to extend your understanding of drawing and design fundamentals. The course allows for experimentation, development and manipulation of fabrics in order to explore technical processes and formulate personal methods of textile creation. The production of a series of experimental samples will encourage the generation of personal and innovative textile responses. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of textile practice through historical, cultural, contemporary and social contexts.

You will focus upon your individual interests and ensure that your professional and technical skills mature through first-hand experience with industry specialists. The course will require you to consider all logistical and organisational aspects of a self-directed project. You will be given the opportunity to plan and develop the solution to a live or simulated brief in the form of a Learning Agreement. The actual solution will be realised in the form of a professional project. The project thus not only draws together your creative and practical knowledge and skills, but also presents your best possible work to a public and professional audience.

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other type of programmes, such as bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 853608 or email