University of Bolton Textile Surface Design

By | 25th April 2017

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University of Bolton Textile Surface Design

The BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design covers surface design and textiles for fashion, interiors and contemporary design-led products. Based in the North West we are only a short train ride from the thriving Manchester city centre and as such we have many links with galleries, design companies, fabric archives and craft and design studios.

You will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with an impressive combination of traditional and digital processes for printing onto surfaces including papers, fabrics and ceramics. Digital technologies include the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and AVA CAD CAM. We also subscribe to the WGSN trend forecasting site so you will work with the latest reports and directions.

The course is hands-on, creative and thought provoking; you will be introduced to the varied working practices of studio designers in industry, contemporary textile artists and designer-makers.

Recent international visits include Première Vision in Paris, and the Printsource and Indigo trade fairs in New York, USA.

About the course

This creative and challenging programme covers design for a wide range of design and commercial contexts – from design for fashion fabrics and accessories, stationery products and packaging design, design for interior fabrics and wall coverings to contemporary gallery/design led pieces.

The course is taught by a team with extensive experience of selling and exhibiting textile/surface design work professionally, and brings together the University’s strengths in textile design, arts, research and development.

As Bolton can claim to be the birthplace of textile design and engineering, you will be studying at the historic home of textile manufacture and innovation in the UK. Creativity is supported and encouraged both by the team of tutors and external speakers and visitors.


Entry requirementsFrom September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

Applicants will be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation degree. On successful completion of the foundation year, you may be able to progress to your chosen Art and Design subject at degree level.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/182018/192019/20

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year2016/172017/182018/192019/20

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Donna Claypool (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903370

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Shelley Ince (Programme Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903140

For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Paul Starkey
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903138