Our course offers opportunities for you to combine fashion and textile expertise through design, research, development and innovation, with three degree awards available including Fashion Design; Textile Design; or combined Fashion & Textile Design.

BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design

Industry-linked projects, European exchanges, internships and competitions are an integral part of our course.  Projects may be carried out in partnership with industry or you may design for particular niche markets, providing a real-life experience of the impact of the role of the designer and how this role responds to the consumer.  

This course enables the combination of both traditional craft skills with digital technology where you will learn all the practical skills for following a successful career in fashion and/or textiles and related fields.

Specialist staff support you through all aspects of the discipline including knit, print, mixed media, fashion illustration, garment construction, pattern cutting and professional practice.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

W291

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 Years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Gray's School of Art

Overview

Year 1

Challenging experiences enable understanding of the fundamental creative principles and methods. You will explore a wide range of visual methods, processes and media in Year 1. Computer assisted design technologies and photography, alongside traditional hand drawing and mixed media methods are featured. You work in an open plan studio environment with other disciplines creating a vibrant and interactive learning experience.

Year 2

In Year 2, your understanding is further developed through a series of dynamic studio projects and workshop based activities. Emphasis is placed on encouraging the translation of design ideas through making, including pattern cutting, drape and garment construction and knit, print and mixed media textiles.

Client projects and field study trips deepen knowledge and practical skills alongside opportunities to organise the course Fashion Show.

Year 3

Focussing on professional practice activities, the curriculum features various external contexts, which underpin design skills and their application in the real world.

Advanced workshops develop specialist skills and you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or an exchange to one of our European partners. In addition, this year includes field study trips and the course Fashion Show. You will become more self-directed, moving towards the final year.

Year 4

You will select a named pathway determined by your own individual, personal interests and potential. You explore the creative parameters of your specialism in depth by developing a self-directed proposal for work which is guided over the year by your academic/personal tutor. Depending on your specialist route, you will take part in a number of graduate events including the Graduate Fashion Show and New Designers in London.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Creative Principles & Methods
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Semester 2
  • Drawing & Visualisation 1
  • Core Design Studies
  • Contextual And Critical Studies 1
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Design: Drawing & Visualisation
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Principles & Processes
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Design Contexts
    Semester 2
  • Design: Drawing & Visualisation
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Principles & Methods
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Design Contexts
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Exploring Critical Themes
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Practice & Context
  • Professional Design Studies
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Taught Course
  • Contextual & Critical Studies - Research & Enquiry
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Professional Practice
    Route B - Industry Work Based Placement
  • Industry Work Based Placement
    Route C - International Study Route
  • International Study
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Self - Directed Projects
    Semester 2
  • Contextual And Critical Studies - Dissertation
  • Fashion & Textile Design: Self - Directed Projects
  • You have the choice of three named pathways: Fashion Design, Textile Design (fashion and/or interiors) and Fashion & Textile Design.

    There is the opportunity to combine Fashion and Textile expertise through design, research, development and innovation in materials and processes.

    You will participate in Undergraduate and graduate fashion shows held every year.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • One to One
    • 20 – 30 mins per week

    Project Supervision

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Supervised time in studio / workshop

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • 10 hours per week

    External Visits      

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • Two day visit to London in Semester 1

    Independent study summary

    The course places particular emphasis on your development of independent learning where there will be the opportunity to direct your own study through independent self-directed design project/s. By Year 4 you undertake independent study, reflecting on your previous 3 years’ experience building expertise and specialist knowledge within your chosen pathway towards professional practice level.

    Staff delivering this course

    Staff on the course comprise academics with expert knowledge within all areas of the course delivery across Fashion and Textile Design. All staff have experience of working within the industry and some staff have worked as consultants and designers. The course has technician support in all areas namely knit, mixed media, printed textiles and garment manufacture. Industry experts contribute to the programme through the Guest@Grays programme and as Professional Associates to the course. The course works closely with the University’s Library, study skills and career staff.

    Facilities

    • Photography Studio
    • Constructed textiles workshop
    • Printed textile workshop
    • Fashion manufacture workshop
    • University Library
    • Student Support Services

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester with one each of:

    • Project Outputs
    • Written Assignment, including essay
    • Oral Assessment
    • Report
    • Dissertation
    • Portfolio

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

     

    SQA Higher: BBC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    GCE A Level: BC to include Art / Design and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    IB Diploma: 24 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

    Alternative Qualifications: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during open days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3, subject to meeting conditions criteria and successfully passing the selection. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 or above may include a relevant HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, Design & Media). All advanced entry applications with the appropriate qualifications will be invited to attend an interview. Download a copy of our portfolio guidance (PDF 188KB)

    Interview/Portfolio Review: Suitable applicants will be invited to attend the School with their portfolio for an informal review/discussion with academic staff. This allows you to meet staff, see the teaching environment and allows the School to explore our ambitions whilst reviewing your work. We will discuss your folio work and specific interests within art and design, as well as your aspirations. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

    Non Standard Entry: Those who may not hold the standard qualifications, are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate life and work experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the University during Open Days or the Visit Afternoons for further advice and guidance. A folio of work is still a requirement for this type of candidate.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    In Year 3, 10 week compulsory placements or European exchanges and live industrial projects are an integral part of our course. You will take part in live projects with a range of design studios, manufacturers and external organisations. Live project briefs enable students to gain first-hand experience of the dynamic commercial world and diverse opportunities of Fashion and Textiles and give a real insight into professional practice.

    You are responsible for finding the placement with support from the placement office and academic staff. 

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,367 per academic year
    • £9,367 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9300 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Our graduates are creative and passionate about fashion and textiles. Career opportunities include fashion and textiles design within industry, self-employed designer-maker and related fashion and textiles opportunities in marketing, buying and promotion. Recent graduate employment destinations include: freelance designer, designer-maker, studio textile designer, CAD designer, knitwear designer, accessories designer, buyer, colour forecasting/predictions. A number of our graduates have established their own design companies such as Donna Wilson and Saunt & Sinner. 

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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