Textiles with Business Studies
Textiles with Business Studies

Textiles with Business Studies BA/MDes


textile student in the workshop, university of brighton 

  • As of December 2010, our programme in Textiles with Business Studies has a single title to represent all features of the courses formerly advertised separately: these were the four-year Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience BA(Hons), three-year Textile Design for Fashion with Business Studies BA(Hons) and four-year Textiles with Business Studies MDes.
  • Our Textiles with Business Studies courses prepare you to become a versatile textiles practitioner, able to work with printed, knitted or woven textiles for industry.
  • In your second year, you will select from two distinct pathways leading to BA(Hons) or MDes. The choice is made with your tutors' help, depending on your own specific needs and interests.
  • Our teaching team offers you expertise in research skills, concept development and the production of a specialist textile sample collection or textiles product with an application beyond fashion.




This unique and diverse course will prepare you to become a versatile, professional textiles practitioner, with skills in both contemporary and traditional methods of creating printed, woven or knitted textiles for industry.

Course structure

Year 1 is the same for students on both the BA(Hons) and MDes degrees, and introduces you to the three disciplines of knit, print and weave for fashion. You will then specialise in one area to fully explore and develop your skills in media and materials, textile design, construction and fabric realisation for fashion. In year 2 design projects look at different fashion textiles market sectors. The projects are diverse and will test your developing design skills. You will also build a body of design work and fabric samples to add to your portfolio.

During year 2, we will help you decide which final award suits your study needs. On the BA(Hons), you will design and make a collection of market-specific fabric samples within your specialist area for either womenswear or menswear. You select to study for the award over 3 years without a placement or over 4 years with a supported industrial placement programme. You will also produce a professional portfolio of design work, a dissertation and business plan. On the MDes award you will complete an industrial placement and from the formulation of a personal research question, you will produce a collection of textile samples for fashion or a textiles product with an application beyond fashion, together with a selection of two supporting faculty options and professional entrepreneurial development.

Areas of study

Through specialist hands-on and theorectical teaching we will help you to develop your expertise in research skills, concept and design development, as well as in business studies. Professional practice and historical and critical studies are integrated aspects of the course, including an exciting range of talks from industry professionals and opportunities to publicly exhibit your work. Our fully equipped workshops and expert advice from our trained technicians will help you to improve and expand on your existing skills and knowledge.


Year 1
Textiles rotation
Textiles specialism
Visual research and communication
Historical and critical studies
Professional practice

Year 2
Textile design and market awareness
Textiles for fashion, product and presentation
Visual research for fashion and textiles practice
Faculty option Historical and critical studies
Professional practice BA(Hons)

Year 3
Professional experience year (optional)

BA(Hons) final year:
Fashion textile design collection
Fashion and textiles design research
Historical and critical studies
Design management and business plan

MDes Year 3 and 4
Textiles design intermediate collection and professional portfolio
Historical and critical studies
Industrial placement and business practice
Textiles concept and product
Professional entrepreneurial development
Two option modules

Career and progression opportunities

Our award winning graduates are employed in prestigious fashion houses worldwide, for example, H&M and DKNY, New York. Other alumni, such as Julien Macdonald OBE and Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto, have established their own design labels. Most alumni work as designers, buyers, merchandisers, stylists and trend forecasters. Other graduates go on to postgraduate study.


Key facts

UCAS code BA(Hons) W2NC, MDes W2ND

Duration Help

Full-time: 3 years

Typical entry requirements Help
individual offers may vary

Location Help Grand Parade

We highly recommend that applicants undertake a pre-degree art and design foundation diploma. For those applying with A-levels only, grades ABB are expected, supported by a strong portfolio. Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these minimum requirements, but who can demonstrate a high quality portfolio, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. For more information please see http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/foundation.


International Baccalaureate:
34 points.

Access to HE Diploma
pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above. Art and design diploma preferred.

GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
a good profile including English and mathematics.

Foundation degree/HND
may enable you to start the course in year 2.
Direct entry to year 3: foundation degree or DipHE in related subject, or practical experience.
Direct entry to year 4: honours degree in related subject, and creative practical experience. Ability to work at postgraduate level.

For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Art and design foundation diploma.
Interview and portfolio review.



The fees listed here are for full-time courses for the upcoming academic year only. Further fees are payable for subsequent years of study.

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, whether you study full- or part-time and whether or not you already have a higher education qualification. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take. Different rules apply to research degrees - contact the course team for up-to-date information.

Visit www.brighton.ac.uk/money for more information, including advice on international and island fee paying status, and the government's Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) policy.

UK/EU (FT) - 9,000 GBP

Island Students (FT) - 9,000 GBP

International (FT) - 13,220 GBP


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