Gray's School of Art

Fashion and Textile Design

BA (Hons)

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BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
This course provides an extensive understanding of the creative, critical and technical skills related to your chosen specialism within Fashion and Textile Design. You are encouraged to develop your own pathway within the specialism and to acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career within today’s dynamic fashion and textile professions.

You will learn to combine traditional craft skills with digital technology, with a focus on research methods, visualisation including CAD, design process, critical and contextual studies, marketing and professional studies. You are encouraged to express a personal design signature whilst responding to a range of studio and workshop-based live projects. You will design for niche markets or in partnership with industry, providing a very ‘real’ experience of how the role of the designer impacts on and responds to the consumer.

2nd in Scotland & Top 10 in the UK for Fashion & Textiles - The Guardian University Guide 2019

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

In Year 1 you will develop your core skills and knowledge of Fashion and Textile Design. You will explore a wide range of visual methods, processes and media including computer assisted design technologies, photography, traditional hand drawing and mixed media

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, field study trips and organising the course Fashion Show develops your professional practical experience.

Year 3

Year 3 consolidates your skills and extends your specialist knowledge through self-directed study and the development of professional skills within external contexts. You will work on industry projects and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or an exchange to one of our European partners.

Year 4

You will select a named pathway determined by your own individual interests and potential. You will explore your specialism in depth by developing a self-directed proposal for work which is guided 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 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 and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning through doing is an integral part of this course and enables you to gain first-hand experience of the industry. You will be provided with dedicated studio space to develop your own thoughts and ideas, an integral part to your learning journey. You will have the opportunity to combine Fashion and Textile expertise through design, research, development and innovation in materials and processes.

You will take part in live projects with a range of design studios, manufacturers and external organisations, attend external events and competitions and hear from industry experts.

You will participate in undergraduate exhibitions such as the Graduate Fashion Show in your final year, along with New Designers Exhibition in London.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Seminars - 40 students per group, 1 hour 4 times per semester
  • Tutorial - 1 student per group, 20 minutes per fortnight
  • Project Supervision - 40 students per group, 20 minutes per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 40 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 40 students per group, 300 hours per semester
  • Field Work - Discretionary
  • External Visits - 40 students per group, 2 days in London in semester 1
Independent Study

Throughout the course particular emphasis is placed on your development of independent learning through self-directed design project/s. By Year 4 you undertake independent study fully, reflecting on your previous 3 years’ experience of building expertise and specialist knowledge within your chosen pathway towards professional practice level. 

Staff Delivering on 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 for international agencies and businesses. The course has specialist teaching support in all areas of the subject including knit, mixed media, printed textiles and garment manufacture.

Industry experts contribute to the programme as Professional Associates and through the Guest@Grays lecture programme, which invites national and international artists and designers to speak about their work.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 3 portfolios

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 portfolios

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 portfolios
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 4

  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 portfolio

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



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.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and 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


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


You will have the opportunity to undertake a 10-week placement in Year 3, Semester 2.

This will enable you 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. Past placement opportunities have included J.W Anderson, Jonathan Saunders and House of Holland, who all show at London Fashion week. In addition students gained internships with textile design companies including Donna Wilson, Bespoke Atelier and Timorous Beasties.

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

placements at RGU

Study Abroad

In Year 3, Semester 2, there is the opportunity to undertake a period of international study exchange with our partner colleges across Europe, Canada and the US. For more information, please visit:


Job Prospects

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, Dreamland Clothing, Emma McDowall and Dead Sleekit.

There is also the option of extending your academic experience through postgraduate study at Gray’s School of Art or other postgraduate institutions. 


SQA Higher: BBC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g.Fashion and Textile Technology) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

GCE A Level: BC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Fashion and Textiles, Design and Textiles) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3 to include Art (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Fashion and Textile Technology, Design and Technology) 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 e.g. Modern Studies, History).

All applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) will be invited to attend a portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.


Suitable qualifications for entry to Year 2 (or above) may include relevant GCE A Levels, HNC/HND or Diploma in Foundation Studies (e.g. Art & Design, Design & Media, Fashion Design, Textile Design).

GCE A Level: BCC to include Art & Design (or a creative design and/or technology subject e.g. Fashion and Textiles, Design and Textiles) and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English).

IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Visual Arts and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English)

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.


A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3, subject to successfully meeting the partner course criteria.  

All advanced entry applicants with the appropriate qualifications (or due to sit appropriate qualifications) and who successfully meet the criteria will be invited to attend an ‘advanced’ portfolio review/interview and participate in a selection process.



Those who may not hold the standard qualifications listed are encouraged to apply if they can evidence other appropriate/relevant creative work, qualifications and/or life experiences. Such candidates are advised to contact the Student Admissions Service for further advice and guidance.

A portfolio review/interview is still a requirement for this category of candidate.

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.


International Students

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers first year degree entry into Art and Design courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.


English Language Requirements

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:


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.


Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,730 per academic year
Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • Studio Fund - Year 1 £100, Year 2 £150, Year 3 £120, Year 4 £50



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Student Funding

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:




Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

The studio plays a huge part in your journey as you get your own space to work within and develop your thoughts and ideas. The fashion manufacture room was one of my favourite places and somewhere I spent almost every day in my final year


The course is a member of the BFC Colleges Council

BFC Colleges Council


Accredited by Textile Institute (TI) at Associate (CText ATI) level.  

You are able to apply for their Licentiateship level (LTI) professional qualification immediately on graduation. You can apply for Associateship (CText ATI) after only 12 months post graduate work in industry.

Textile Institute


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: W291

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.

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