Study a Textiles degree with OCA

Our BA (Hons) Textile degree offers a rich exploration of textiles in its broadest context, from surface, pattern, texture, material and colour, to design, print, knit and weave, to fashion, interiors, manufacture and product.

The course provides you the opportunity to push the boundaries of what textiles is and what can be created, blending traditional and contemporary techniques, growing your knowledge, skills, confidence, motivation and ambition, that takes you from the first principles of textiles through to the inventiveness and innovation that will lead your artistic vision or professional practice

The structure of the course provides unlimited opportunity to practice, refine and evolve your specialism while being guided by a market-leading practitioner.

Studying Textiles

This degree programme gives students a unique opportunity to study textiles from their own home or studio with its specifically designed course materials.

Wherever the learner is in their current creative practice this degree aims to equip them with skills, confidence, motivation and ambition through a learning design programme that starts from first principles through to the contemporary professional practice of the student’s choice.

The programme is strongly embedded in contemporary textile practices, encouraging innovation and challenging convention. The unit structure assists them in developing a firm set of practical and academic skills that lead to an autonomous and original textile practice.

Course Structure

As of September 2021, the BA Hons Creative Arts course will deliver 3x 40 credit units in each Level of the course.*

Level 1

Units at this stage introduce students to distance learning and undergraduate study. Special consideration is taken to support students who have not participated in formal education for many years and learners with a range of abilities, guiding them through the fundamentals of academic study.

Students are introduced to experimental and exploratory textile sample making, its importance in the creative process and the development of meaningful outcomes. They develop, hone and personalise technical skills, develop a knowledge of colour theory and explore its applications along with understanding the importance of consideration and sensitivity to materials and techniques.

Level 2

Students at this level are supported in the transition from novice undergraduate to skilled, knowledgeable and independent learners, putting into practice skills acquired at Level 1 and developing a personal approach to their textile practice. The units at this Level expose students to a range of current themes and practices, the aim being to encourage the development of a practice that is personal yet located within contemporary or emerging creative ideas. The topics and projects have been selected and designed for distance learners studying within their own communities, these can be virtual and/or in real spaces.

Level 3

This stage of study equips and prepares students with knowledge, understanding and skills for continuing personal development and professional practice. The units provide a framework for the learners to generate and carry out projects based on personal vision and ambition. The aim is to strengthen individual textile practice and inform creative development through rigorous and challenging intellectual enquiry, resulting in a distinctive body of work.

*For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree prior to September 2021, existing units across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway.

Learn about studying the BA (HONS) Textiles course from Programme Leader, Rebecca Fairley.

Rebecca Fairley – Textiles Programme Leader – Virtual Open Day 2021 from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

21/22 Teach Out Textiles Pathway

For current students enrolled to a Level of this degree on the pathway below, existing units  across all levels will remain available as ‘teach out’ units to ensure no students are disadvantaged due to the changes. Once enrolled to a new level, students will follow the new degree pathway as across.

Teach Out 2021/2022 Programme Specification

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21/22 Textiles Pathway

The 2021/2022 pathway comes into affect September 2021. Level 2 and 3 units are expected to be available October 2021.

21/22 Programme Specification

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Foundations

£915

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,080

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,080

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,360

Per course unit (4o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £430 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £140.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,080

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £860 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £280.

Foundations

£1,052

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,680

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£4,680

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 1 (HE4) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 1 (HE4) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,560

Per course unit (40 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 40 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need three Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Deposit is £560 followed by 7 monthly instalments of £150.

Level 3 (HE6)

£4,680

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website. Two 40 credit units are studied concurrently and the deposit for these two units is £1,120 followed by 11 monthly instalments of £300.

More Information

  • OCA degrees are paid for on a unit-by-unit basis and are around a third of the cost of a degree at a campus university. Unit costs depend on the level of the unit, and also where you live, in the UK or rest of the world.

    If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact accounts@oca.ac.uk as different fees may apply.

    If you are funding your course yourself you can either pay for units in full or you can spread the cost by taking advantage of our deposit and instalment facility for which a £50 fee is included in the deposit you pay.

    All OCA courses are listed with Student Finance England, Wales, and Northern Ireland allowing eligible students to apply for a Student Loan to cover the cost of fees. You may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan and/or Disabled Students Allowance to assist you with the cost of study.

    We’ve made this helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance simple and straightforward.

    Download the Student Finance guide

    The OCA Learner Support Scheme can provide partial bursaries towards course fees for students who are not eligible for funding via Student Finance, based on financial hardship.

    Other sources of funding may include employer contributions, Enhanced Learning Credits (for Armed Forces Serving Personnel and Service Leavers) and Prisoner Education Trust.

    As a student with OCA, most reading materials can be accessed through the digital library services and eBooks, or sent to you in the post.

    Other costs you may find on your degree include purchasing materials/books/texts to assist in your practice and research. These can be around £500–700 at Levels 1 and 2, and £800–1000 at Level 3. Work is largely submitted to tutors and for assessment via email, however postal costs are expected to be around £40 per assessment for sending materials depending on quantity and weight of materials. Rates for overseas students will be higher.

  • Textiles is an open access degree; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join the course. All you need is a passion for the arts, and willingness to learn.

    All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2. Further details on the entry requirements can be found in the Student Regulations.

  • Upon completing the BA (Hons) Textiles degree at OCA you’ll have a multitude of skills to further your career.

    With the skills you’ll have, careers could expand into a product textile designer, textile artist or textile curator, fashion designer, garment designer or print designer. Whatever option you choose, Prospects have some great advice to support you on your journey.

    In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

Continuing Student Enrolment Form

If you are enrolled to a level of this version of the Textiles degree (prior to September 2021) and want to enrol to your next course unit on same level, please use the PDF enrolment form and return to enquiries@oca.ac.uk, using ‘OCA Enrolment’ as your email subject.
2021/2022 Continuing Student Enrolment Form
If you are enrolling to a new level, such as progressing from Level 1 to 2, please use the online enrolment form below.

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