Falmouth University Textiles

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Falmouth University Textiles

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Learning through doing, you’ll create your own collections from the first year. You’ll enjoy a range of studio modules in processes like weaving, printing and mixed media, while workshops and contextual studies equip you with fundamental subject knowledge. Helped by our industry partners, you’ll get to grips with the demands of design in a commercial setting. As the degree progresses, you’ll focus on a specific discipline, creating collections in response to live briefs and international competitions. The final year is your chance to prepare for the industry by producing a professional portfolio and promotional material.


  • Designing textile collections
  • Intellectual property
  • Costing and project management
  • Self promotion
  • Market positioning
  • Networking and approaching potential employers
  • Professional communication skills

How the course is taught

Full-time and practice-based, the course blends studio work with professional practice to fully prepare you for life as a designer. Taught by passionate and experienced staff, you’ll learn about process and production, and social and cultural contexts that are relevant to your practice, while also building the peer and self-evaluation skills that you’ll need in critical conceptual, productive and professional capacities.

Course outline

During the course you’ll be guided in creative and aesthetic development by the academic team in regular group and individual tutorials. As you progress you’ll take part in advanced workshops in different disciplines. Run by highly skilled technical instructors, these workshops allow you to deepen your technical knowledge and explore the creative possibilities in each discipline.

In your second year you have the option to take part in national and international work placements, and from time to time we organise study visits to major trade fairs such as Premier Vision in Paris or Pitti Filatti in Florence. Falmouth textile designers have been regularly selected as Texprint designers and, during the final year, selected students take part in the New Designers exhibition in London and other promotional opportunities.

What you’ll do

Year 1

Your studio modules will largely be workshop-based and you’ll learn professional production processes in weave, print and mixed media. You’ll also attend a comprehensive series of short workshops, which will equip you with the fundamental knowledge needed in textile design. This will inform the creation of your own textile design collection, where you’ll be supported by staff to design a collection in a discipline of your choice.

Over your first year you’ll study contextual practice modules that underpin your studio modules. You’ll develop an awareness of contemporary design, and your own skills and learning style, while also looking at the history and theory of design in weekly lectures and seminars.

  • Process & Production
  • Contextualising & Articulating Practice
  • Design & Make
  • Textile Design Histories

Year 2

Your second year is outward facing, so you’ll learn about the realities of designing for the business with the help of our many industry partners. You’ll also look at the fundamentals of marketing, different modes of working practices, intellectual property law and the opportunities available to textile designers.

In the studio you’ll select a discipline to focus on for the remainder of the course, with the possibility to work across disciplines where appropriate. You’ll be asked to create design textile collections in response to briefs set by industry clients and partners, and national and international competitions. You’ll then present your collections to your clients, often in their own showrooms.

  • Designing for a Specific Audience
  • Historical, Social, Professional & Contemporary Contexts
  • External Engagement
  • Theories & Methodologies

Year 3

This is an independently-driven year, supported by tutorials, where you’ll design collections for your final portfolio in response to briefs of your own devising. Your professional portfolio will be developed throughout your final year, helping you to maximise your employability whatever your chosen career path may be.

Employability and readiness for the industry is key so, as part of your professional practice, you’ll be required to fully cost and document a section of your final year’s work. You’ll also create your own self-promotional material in response to a personal post-course planning exercise and complete a dissertation.

  • Professional Portfolio & Business Documentation
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Portfolio & Career Development

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator

Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page

English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page

Our Admissions team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.

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