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Textile Design: Fibre Art with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Parkside Building Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This four-year programme has been specifically designed to allow you to undertake additional level three study, to ensure you are successful on your chosen degree programme. The foundation course is an exciting step towards your chosen degree. It encompasses elements of fashion design, fashion business and textile design degree routes and provides a platform for you to share with and learn from others. It will help you in building confidence and independence and we aim to excite, engage and challenge you, pushing you to develop into a capable student with a great fashion and textiles aesthetic as well as an enthusiasm to learn. Our stunning Parkside Building is a dynamic and creative open environment and our students thrive on the creative buzz of being based within the heart of Birmingham. After successful completion of the year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Fashion and Textiles. If you love making your own work and using new mediums to express yourself, feel more drawn to art gallery rather than design studio environments, then progressing onto Textile Design: Fibre Arts will be the right option for you. You will develop your skills using mixed media, and might choose to engage with traditional techniques or take a more digital or unconventional approach. Throughout the course, you will develop a clear personal identity and an understanding of where your work sits within the artistic field. You will develop the skills and confidence to apply for funding, residency and exhibition opportunities with which to build a career. Our students secure placements with arts organisations, styling companies, galleries and in education. They go on to find employment as Textile Artists, Creative Facilitators, Arts Coordinators, Designer Makers and Curators. As a course we value diversity, nurture curiosity and place sustainability at the heart of decision making. Students develop their creativity, personal talents and professional awareness in a stimulating and supportive environment. All students are introduced to print, weave, embroidery and knit processes in the first year, enabling you to experiment with different methods to identify strengths and interests. In second year, we teach in career-focused groups, reflecting the nature of contemporary employment needs within the industry. This provides you with further opportunity to tailor your learning experience and fulfil your own personal and professional aspirations. These reflect the breadth of professional paths that our graduates go on to pursue: - Styling and Trend Forecasting- Contemporary Culture and Craft- Surface Pattern and Technologies- Bespoke Fashion Textiles- Retail and PromotionYou will be taught by passionate and experienced tutors and supported by highly skilled technicians; many of whom have their own practice in Textile Design. Guest speakers and visiting tutors enrich the learning experience and provide additional industry insights. Employability is at the heart of our course and collaborative work, live projects, competitions and work placements help you to develop professional experience. Students have undertaken work experience in the UK and abroad at companies such as Mary Katrantzou, John Lewis, Trend Bible and Zara. Our strong links with industries including trend agencies, design studios, museums and galleries, provide opportunities that equip students with the skills for increasingly diverse career paths.Our final year students get the opportunity to showcase their collections via a range of platforms, including BCU’s ‘Inspired Festival’ and at New Designers in London. The diverse and innovative range of work on show exemplifies the u

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,000per year

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    82nd

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    125 57%

    44th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    40th

    20
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    72nd

    29

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