De Montfort University Textiles

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De Montfort University Textiles

Reasons to study Textile Design BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Develop a broad range of design practice skills
    across print, mixed media, knit and woven textiles
  • Gain confidence and employability skills
    through designing branding, promotional packages and harnessing your career ambitions
  • I-Dott, Bradford Society of Textiles and New Designers competitions
    are some competitions that have been recently won by our students
  • Contemporary practitioners
    support you with developing your contemporary design practice and signature style
  • Aston Martin, Timberland and Jigsaw
    are some of the companies that our previous graduates have gone to work with
  • The new Vijay Patel Building
    has been designed to provide the space and facilities where ideas can develop and flourish for all of our art and design courses – find out more
  • Core workshop materials
    available at no cost to our students along with some programme-specific workshop materials – find out more
  • Cash awards of £150, £200 and £300 
    for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*

The techniques you will learn include hand and machine knit, fabric manipulation, hand and machine embellishment, digital imaging and printing, digital embroidery, jacquard weaving and knitting, screen printing, weaving and textile dyeing.

Year one introduces the fundamentals of textile design including information gathering, exploring media and material and developing designs.

All pathways share elements of the first year which develops your skills in stitch, fabric manipulation, knit and weave and screen printing. This enables you to make an informed decision on which specialism to choose at the end of the year.

In year two you explore innovative design for a variety of different markets and applications. You will explore different design styles and employment options through projects and live briefs for interiors, fashion, card and wrap.

The final year encourages you to discover your own original design DNA while being commercially relevant and ambitious in the concept, process and realisation of your design.

Live commercial projects, national and international competitions and work placements give you the opportunity to build productive links with industry.

Mixed Media Textiles pathway: This textile surface manipulation pathway focuses on creating contemporary, innovative collections of textiles and products for interiors and fashion. You will use processes such as Cornelli and Irish stitch (hand, machine and digital), fabric manipulation, sculptural textile construction and embellishment.

Printed Textiles pathway: This pathway translates imagery onto textile surfaces by making inventive use of printing and dyeing processes. Devore, discharge, acid and reactive printing, flocking, foiling and digital printing are just a few of the options open to you.

Constructed Textiles pathway: On this pathway you focus on woven and knitted textile design for fashion and interiors. You explore structure to its fullest extent and develop innovative collections through your use of yarn, fibres and dyeing.