If you’re ready to make your mark on the fashion world and unleash your creative ideas, this is the Fashion and Textile Design degree course for you.
You’ll be encouraged to explore your individuality as a designer, and to experiment and innovate with your use of textiles. You’ll develop your craft, whilst using the latest technologies and respecting the values of sustainable and ethical design principles.
This Fashion and Textile Design degree enables you to establish a career as a successful designer for the fashion and textile industry. Our course recognises your individual strengths, and supports you in becoming a confident and knowledgeable professional in your chosen field.
What you'll experience
On this Fashion and Textile degree course, you’ll:
- Immerse yourself in the latest trends, cultures, techniques and technologies in the fashion and textile industry
- Have the opportunity to apply your creative skills to designing sustainable fashion
- Learn design methods including drawing techniques, pattern-cutting, fashion illustration, silkscreen and digital printing, embroidery and constructed textiles
- Use the professional software you’ll use in your career to bring your digital designs to life, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Lectra Kaledo
- Make use of our modern facilities and equipment, which include industrial sewing machines, laser cutting equipment, and Lectra Modaris, for digital pattern making with 3D prototyping
- Build your professional network with international guest lecturers fashion industry professionals, like Julian Roberts, Niccolo Casas and Shingo Sato
You can also:
- Set up your own label or fashion and textile company as part of your studies
- Exhibit your work at the University’s annual graduate shows and graduate fashion showcases in London
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What can you do with a Fashion and Textile Design degree?
You could work in areas such as:
- fashion, textile or accessories design
- trend prediction
- visual merchandising
- teaching or lecturing
- journalism or writing
Previous students have gone on to work for some of the biggest names in fashion, such as:
- Ralph Lauren
- Hugo Boss
- Matthew Williamson
Others have secured careers working within major retailers including River Island, Fat Face, and Marks and Spencer.
Previous students on this course have also set up their own fashion and textile labels. For example:
- Sunny Williams set up his label, House of Sunny, in 2011 and has developed minimal, androgynous aesthetic womenswear, which sells internationally and is stocked by ASOS.com
- Nikki Strange created her own-name line for Marks and Spencer in 2015 and also works as a freelance textile designer and visiting lecturer
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at designers such as:
- Paul Smith
- Mary Katrantzou
- Peter Pilotto
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own fashion company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll have access to Creative Careers, a team based within the Faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement, if you need it.