The Textiles in Practice course enables you to experience textiles as a flexible and diverse subject. You will be taught from within core pathways offering the opportunity to specialise or combine the disciplines of print, weave, knit, embroidery and mixed media. We promote and encourage the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary practice where processes and techniques combine and complement one another. Specialist workshop provision offers hands-on traditional machinery and the latest digital technologies, supported by expert academic and technical staff who are actively engaged in research and are professional designers and artists. Emphasis is placed on the development of personal interests and ambitions that reflect the breadth, versatility and potential of textiles within contemporary art and design contexts.
You will be taught from within core pathways offering the opportunity to either specialise or combine the disciplines of print, weave, knit, embroidery and mixed media. Emphasis is placed on the development of personal interests and ambitions that reflect the breadth, versatility and potential of textiles within contemporary art and design contexts.
Live project briefs and work placement opportunities allow you to develop these personal skills collaboratively and for external clients.
In Year 1 you will develop a broad understanding of textile contexts and the visual research, technical tools and skills the programme requires. You will be introduced to creative attitudes to learning, working and thinking.
You will explore and identify individual approaches to practice within the broad domain of textiles. Further development of specialist textile skills and techniques will increase confidence in sampling to articulate ideas. Through experimentation with process and methods you are encouraged to apply gained knowledge, analytical and reflective skills through a series of thematically directed projects.
This unit engages the students in a practical introduction to the specialist textile workshop areas of weave, print, knit, embroidery & mixed media. Through a series of process led tasks students will begin to understand and explore the translation of drawing and colour into a collection of textile related material samples.
This unit is delivered and assessed by individual programmes and relate directly to students’ personal practice and the contexts that inform making in professional art, design and/or craft practices. The unit asks students to begin to form a critical understanding of their own practice.
Students are allocated to a pathway according to their programme to introduce ideas relevant to their studies. The unit introduces some of the broad over-arching themes and concepts – historical, cultural, social, political, and economic – that affect and inform the production of art, design and/or craft.
At Level 4, this unit encourages some collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience. There are lectures and talks from key research staff, students and external experts. Teaching will be in the form of tutorial groups, weekly meetings and presentations. The set projects will vary from year to year and are designed to be responsive to current creative opportunities.
In Year 2 you will be able to determine your specialist pathway through the programme and develop the skills to articulate your ideas. There will be opportunities to engage with external partners (including studios, manufacturers, galleries, external projects) and collaborate with students and staff from across the faculty.
You will move towards defining their work's concept, process and context. Underpinned by rigorous research, you will use projects to take risks and experiment to develop fluency and a distinctive voice in the field of textiles in practice.
This unit explores collaborative and interdisciplinary art and design practice. You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of external-facing learning opportunities which will encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and shared experience; this may take the form of spending time outside of the University and working within the creative community and the public domain. You also have the option to undertake a placement in this unit.
Building on part 1, ‘Locating live,’ part 2 engages students to be creative innovators, locating personal research interests to develop fluency within their textile practice. Through the authorship of a self-directed brief, students will articulate the aims and objectives of their individual projects.
For ‘Contextualising Practice 2: Critical Analysis A’, students can choose to study up to two thematic sub-units to develop their contextual studies in new directions. The CP2 Critical Analysis units encourage students to develop their critical analysis skills gained in L4 to further investigate the broad over-arching themes and concepts – historical, cultural, social, political, and economic – that affect and inform the production of art, design and/or craft.
In Year 3 you will create a portfolio of work that showcases your practice, developing a deep understanding of the context of your work, and creating products and artefacts that reflect your specialism.
On the third year Unit X, there is a student authored final project leading to a showcase of finished work. The unit includes a brief generated by the student, which leads to the presentation of a significant body of final work. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work can be incorporated into the project in relation to the professional context and ambition of the student.
Students are allocated to a pathway according to their programme. The unit asks students to draw upon key ideas and methods encountered in their Contextualising Practice studies, as well as other aspects of their programme teaching and individual research, to support the development and critical understanding of their own practice as they approach graduation.
Through a range of textile related projects, you will develop an in depth understanding of individual context, market and practice. You will build a portfolio that articulates ideas to support your career aspirations. You will produce a series negotiated projects that focus on professional portfolio building, fluency of textile practice, honing research skills and rigorous reflection. Once your project is complete you will then present your work to an audience of peers and professionals.
You will be supported and encouraged to take advantage of work-based learning opportunities, with established links across a wide range of creative and commercial organisations.
Continuous formative and summative assessment with feedback and discussion on completion of all units. The programme ends with a School of Art exhibition.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A three year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be—
Our online gallery archive shows work by graduates of the BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice course and the previous BA (Hons) Embroidery, BA (Hons) Textiles and BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion courses which have now become Textiles in Practice.
Works inspired by Joan Charnley who studied at Manchester School of Art in 1940s
Ibukun Jesusanmi Baldwin won the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Entrepreneurs
Past textile graduates hold key creative positions in organisations such as Habitat, Paul Smith, Aardman Animations and ASOS or are self-employed as designers and practicing as artists. Some are in postgraduate education at the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion and at Manchester Metropolitan University. Many are teachers in schools and academics in universities and art schools in the UK and overseas.
Apply through UCAS.
We will ask you to provide a Digital Portfolio to support your application.
You will be notified of our decision through UCAS.
|UCAS Tariff Points/Grades Required|
A levels – e.g. BCC-BBC
Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM
Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points
Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Learn more about MMU's Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
|Specific GCSE Requirements|
GCSE grade C/4 in English language or level 2
Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
|International Baccalaureate||26 IB Diploma Points or 104-112 UCAS tariff points from Higher Level. Points|
A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5 is required.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
If you apply to the BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice course for 2020 entry we may ask you to provide a digital portfolio to support your application. This should be submitted as a blog. Please upload no more than 20 examples of your work to the blog. This can include:
For each image or photograph provide a written summary of no more than 50 words that tells us about your work. Include a description of the media you have used and the dimensions of the work.
Please see our general guidance on How to Create and Submit your Digital Portfolio.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
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£600* plus optional £600* — At Level 4 the department subsidises many of the initial workshop costs as part of the induction process, if students wish to expand on some processes additional costs will be incurred. At Level 5 and Level 6 costs will be determined by the areas students choose to work in and by the quality of the materials they choose, for example choosing to work in silk fabric as opposed to cotton is an individual choice but these costs will be met by the students. At all levels students will pay for their own drawing materials and printing costs. At all levels students have access to equipment in workshops and can borrow and sign out additional kit where applicable.
Optional £1,700* — At Level 4 there is an optional study trip to London that we strongly recommend students to engage with At Level 5 and Level 6 there are several study tours to eg New York, Florence, opportunities to attend trade fairs in Paris and Milan. All home students receive a stipend from the University this can be used to offset study trip costs. Placements are encouraged but are not part of the programmes curriculum so if undertaken they will usually be in vacation periods.
* All amounts shown are estimates.