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Plymouth College of Art

Textile Practices


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

Entry requirements

A level


We require a C at A level in an Art related subject as part of the Tariff


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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Full-time | 2019

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6 years | Part-time | 2019


Textile design

**This programme gives you an introduction to a wide range of technologies and techniques for designing and making textiles for fashion, interiors and installation. Youll be encouraged to experiment and generate your own ideas, exploring design to reveal your approach to tactile, structural, three-dimensional making.** - Evolve your visual language through expressive use of media, drawing and digital design.- Develop an understanding of consumer and art trends that will impact on your chosen practice.- Benefit from our links to business and enterprise.- Work with design professionals who will nurture and develop you as a contemporary designer.What sets this programme apart from other textile programmes is its multidisciplinary perspective. We value the fusion of traditional making with new technologies from laser cutting and 3D printing, through to tufted surfaces, embroidery and innovative fabric manipulation.We focus on the development of material ideas and their application to many different kinds of outcomes, refining your craft, making and textile manipulation skills. Self-directed projects will encourage you to explore your vision and ideas, while set projects will introduce you to live briefs and real designer-maker scenarios.Through access to diverse technologies and our encouragement of sophisticated, playful and innovative ideas, youll gain the knowledge needed to design and make for high-end, bespoke textiles.**WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE?**Youll work in a truly multidisciplinary environment with product designers, photographers and fine artists across the college. We encourage students to visit the likes of London Design Fair, The Design Museum and Dutch Design Week, fashion fabric shows in New York, and interiors shows such as Maison & Objet in Paris. Through exhibiting at London Design Fair, our graduates have secured job offers from companies including Heals and Desso. Youll be introduced to the potential of contemporary textiles, their applications, and places to sell your ideas and develop a career.Youll be encouraged to take up work experience opportunities and internships, and to build networks of suppliers, agents, and specialist events. **WHAT WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?**As part of an 8 million development of studios and workshops, we offer our students an inspirational learning space overlooking the city and the sea. Youll also have access to a huge range of other specialist workshops across the college. In our digital fabrication laboratory, Fab Lab Plymouth, you can apply 3D scanning, 3D printing and laser cutting to textiles. Youll have access to AVA, Photoshop and Illustrator design software, knitting and digital embroidery machines, dye labs, and digital and screen printing facilities. We have a tufting gun for creating rugs and wall hangings, as well as equipment for bonding and heat fusion. And you can keep ahead of the latest industry developments with WGSN and Future Laboratorys trend forecasting tools.Our teaching staff are all professional textile designers and artists. Youll also have the chance to hear from visiting industry professionals such as Studio Silo, Katie Schwab and Dutch design collective Envisions.**CONNECTING YOU WITH INDUSTRY**The South West has a rich tradition of independent creative business. We have a long history of involvement with events at the Contemporary Craft Festival and Port Eliot Festival, and encourage students to present and market products at national design events, as well as entering competitions and undertaking live projects.Our staff and students are involved in the colleges biennial Making Futures conference, bringing international delegates together to discuss developments in crafts, society and culture.Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study in Europe and North America


You’ll learn a lot about the use of textiles, especially in the context of fashion and interiors, and have the opportunity to exhibit and sell at events such as Tent, London, and Première Vision, Paris.
You’ll also gain an international perspective, through study trips abroad – we’ll encourage you to visit fashion fabric shows in New York, Maison & Objet in Paris and interiors shows in Germany.
You’ll be introduced to the great potential of contemporary textiles, their applications, and places to sell your ideas and develop a career.

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