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Leeds College of Art

Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design

UCAS Code: W222
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

You’ll need 112 tariff points from your A level studies, typical grades required are BBC. One qualification should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Leeds College of Art welcomes applicants with the BTEC/Scottish Higher National Certificate (HNC). Please contact the university to confirm the specific entry requirements for your chosen course. Portfolio of relevant work required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

You’ll need a minimum of 1 Distinction and 2 Merits (DMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

UCAS tariff points

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed—irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience. You’ll need to show us a portfolio of relevant practical work, demonstrating your ability and enthusiasm for the course you’re applying for. We will also want to see a level 3 qualification/s in an art and design related subject. You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the College may request completion of its own English proficiency test. If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points. This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your A level or Extended Diploma results. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C/grade 4 or above in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This very prestigious course produces some outstanding graduates who go on to exceptional international careers. Even while still at the College, many students regularly sell their work to textile and surface pattern design industries, and win some of the world’s most esteemed design awards. Students have won over 60 national and international design awards in the past three years. This course has an outstanding global reputation. We look for talented, hard-working people who will develop their own ‘handwriting’, both anticipating and setting future trends. In exchange we offer comprehensive tuition, experiences and opportunities. As a student, you’ll have the significant advantage of working in an exciting studio environment that houses all three year groups, in an open plan studio that supports and enables student designers to discover and express personal design solutions. By providing an intellectually challenging course of study, students can engage with the critical, practical and creative issues and debates surrounding the role of the Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Designer. We place major importance on drawing in its broadest contexts, through which you will translate your ideas into digital formats, wall-coverings, fashion fabrics, greetings and other materials. You’ll use cutting-edge computer suites plus professionally equipped workshops for dyeing, screen-printing, heat-transfer printing, digital printing and laser-cutting. The emphasis is on originality and innovation, and the highest standards of work and professionalism. We love creativity, critical thinking and design in all its guises, but equally we recognise the desire to make a living doing something so wonderful, which is why we place a strong value on offering real world experiences and employability. Whilst on the course, you will be given opportunities to sell your work at industry standard trade fairs. We have exhibited for many years at Indigo in Paris, a leading fashion fabric fair, and also at events such as MoOD (Belgium), Maison et Objet (France), Surtex (USA) and Heimtextil (Germany) for those specialising in interiors or surface products, as well as the New Designers exhibition in London, which offers an opportunity for our graduating students to present themselves and their work to a professional audience and to meet potential employers. Typically, first year students have a week-long study trip to Amsterdam or another cultural capital while second-year students have a choice of two visits linked to our trade fairs. We aim to help our students find an audience for their work in the outside world, whether that is in the design studio of a multinational manufacturer or setting up their own design practice; whether their passion is fashion or interiors; whether they wish to be designers, consultants or stylists or whether their market is high street, couture or gallery pieces. We encourage students to develop innovative thinking and engender flexible approaches to multidisciplinary personal working practice, fostering entrepreneurial and professional awareness. Given the diversity of experiences, employment and opportunities available within the discipline we encourage and offer a focus towards the specialism of interests themed around skills-focused strands commencing at the start of the second year.These strands are not exclusive choices, but rather provide the opportunity for you to invest more time in the areas that you have a real passion for. In order to help students familiarise themselves with the discipline as a whole, we commit the first year to developing the essential skills: technical, aesthetic and professional, that are features of the course from which you will be able to make an informed position as to your specialist interests in years two and three.


Leeds College of Art

Main building

At Leeds College of Art you'll be part of a creative community where students collaborate across courses and tutors will know your name. The College is one of a few remaining specialist art schools in the UK teaching only art and design subjects and its history dates back to 1846.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
398 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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