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BA (Hons) Design Crafts: Textiles

Course length
3 years (Full-Time), 6 years (Part-time)
Start date
September 2019
Tuition fees
GBP 6900 / year


The Contemporary Design Crafts Textiles degree explores a combination of textiles, jewellery and ceramics & glass in the First Year, leading to a specialised focus in the textiles medium in their Second Year. This enables students to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace. The final year results in a production of richly diverse range of artifacts — such as experimental clothing and accessories, objects and surfaces for interiors, site-specific pieces and conceptual works for exhibition or commission. The emphasis is on questioning function and tradition to arrive at fresh, lively alternatives for a sophisticated market.

You will work with traditional techniques and integrate new technologies in large workshops, with expert technical support. Our students are using the latest digital textiles printing, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional well-equipped workshop to develop their practice.

A particular feature of the course is its practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. This awareness and sensibility is also developed through progressive studio projects, providing an initial framework for individual research and creative interpretation, which eventually allows you to focus your interests and establish your unique identity.

The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study.


On successful completion of the programme, students will typically have:

Knowledge and Understanding of:
- the critical, contextual, historical, conceptual and ethical dimensions of the discipline of design crafts textiles
- the relationship of the textile practitioner with stakeholders, within a professional design crafts environment
- the implications and potential for their discipline(s) presented by the key developments of current and emerging media and technologies, and of inter and multi-disciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in art and design

Intellectual Skills:
- generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and/or collaboratively as self-initiated activity and/or in response to set briefs within design crafts
- fostering inquiry, critical thinking and curiosity in the processes of observation
- investigation, speculative inquiry, visualisation and/or making applicable to product and industrial design and design crafts
- analyse information and experiences, and formulate independent judgements
- articulating reasoned arguments for product and industrial design and design crafts responses
- navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources applicable to product and industrial design and design crafts

Practical Skills:
- select, experiment with and make appropriate use of materials, processes and environment
- application in the fields of design crafts textiles
- develop ideas through to an appropriate outcome(s) fit for design crafts disciplines

Transferable Skills: 
- manage and make appropriate use of intention, process, outcome, context, and the methods of dissemination appropriate for  design crafts
- be resourceful and entrepreneurial in the fields of product and industrial design and design crafts
- study independently, set goals, manage workloads and meet deadline
- interact effectively with others, for example through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation within the disciplines of product and industrial design and design crafts
- communicate and present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations

The student experience is focused on developing the basic design ‘toolbox’ skills required by design crafts. Students will become familiar with design practices and processes including visual language, design and communication, materials, techniques, vision, function, construction, production, decision-making and challenges. Students will develop drawing, computer, workshop and presentation skills through focused project activity. A module in critical and cultural studies will enable the students to develop study skills and gain a broader knowledge of relevant cultural and historical matters. There are inductions to general health and safety issues in relation to best practice in a studio environment.

Level 4 modules:

- Introduction to Core Design Skills
- Introduction to Design Principles
- Professional Design Studio
- Design Theory L4

Practical work in workshops and implementation of companies’ projects allow students to improve understanding of the methods which are used by professionals as well as to expand their knowledge and improve professional skills. The implementation of projects helps to develop their own ideas and identify their advantages, while practical training incorporates current design practices and the opportunity to interact with the professional community.

Level 5 modules:

- Core Design Skills
- Design Principles (Textiles)
- Professional Design Studio
- Design Theory L5

During their final year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts students can study either in Moscow or in the UK depending on their choice. This year is designed to prepare the student for the world of work. It focuses on developing and consolidating key skills and provides the student with opportunities to work on external projects. During their third year, students improve their communication and presentation skills, actively participating in various competitions; they write degree essay along with project-related activities. The degree project combines accumulated experience, so graduates can demonstrate their achieved level.

Level 6 modules:

- Major Degree Project (Textiles)
- Professional Design Studio
- The Degree Essay L6

Entry requirements to the BA (Hons) programme:

  • For applicants with international background/ qualifications: completion of full cycle secondary education and one pre-degree year of art and design study;

  • For applicants with Russian secondary school education: completion of Attestat o srednem (polnom) obshchem obrazovanii, and pass BHSAD Foundation Art and Design or UK foundation degree in Art and Design

  • Subject to portfolio interview

  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS (academic) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. The list of acceptable certificates includes IELTS, CAE, FCE and TOEFL, other types of qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Direct Applicants into Year 2 (Level 5):

In the case students seeking to transfer to the programme from another non BHSAD degree courses, applications will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Period of study

Full-time — 3 years
Part-time — 6 years

Tuition fees

Full-time: GBP 5,700 / year *

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

Required documents

- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Entry examinations

Applicants who apply for Year 1 (Level 4) of British higher education course, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test.

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate has been submitted to BHSAD admissions. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.

Required level of english
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
Required Portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.

Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Application Deadline
Application deadlines will be announced in spring 2020.

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