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.

Course Structure

The Textiles degree is split into eight units; three at Level 1 (HE4), two at Level 2 (HE5), and three at Level 3 (HE6). There are some core units that all students take, many more optional units, and some prerequisites for units at higher levels.

As a flexible degree, you can complete the programme in 3–9 years, with a maximum of four years to complete each level of the course.

Core Units

Levels 1 (HE4) explore A Textile Vocabulary, and Ideas and Processes. Visual and imaginative principles of colour, texture, pattern and materials in a wide range of art and design contexts. Learning is consolidated through reflective practice and critical thinking skills. The units aim to inspire a sense of curiosity and inventiveness that leads to a sensitive and investigative approach to the creative process.

At Level 2 (HE5) there is the opportunity to explore traditional craft skills, digital technology as well as conventional and unconventional textile materials.  Integral to the more practical projects you will be supported in developing research skills and critical engagement with the work of others.

At Level 3 (HE6) the modules Personal Specialism and Research aim to strengthen individual textile practice by informing creative development through rigorous and challenging intellectual enquiry. Resulting in a distinctive body of work and an extended piece of academic writing that support each other. The final unit in the programme, Sustaining Your Practice, guides and aids you to life beyond the degree by building a set of professional and entrepreneurial skills, including a professional online profile, exhibiting your work locally and beginning to assemble a professional network, that prepares you for further study, employment and a professional creative practice.

Optional Units

At Level 1 (HE4), you have the option to take Mixed Media which is a practical exploration of utilizing different media in creating art, or you could look at Understanding Visual Culture or Creative Arts Today which consider theoretical approaches to textiles.

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Foundations

£900

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,050

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,340

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,350

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 necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 2 (HE5).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,670

Per course unit (6o credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards an Open degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessarry 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,340

For the level

OCA’s Level 3 (HE6) course units hold differing amounts of credits depending upon the given Open degree pathway, and therefore are varied in cost. For individual pricing, please see the individual course unit pages on this website.

Foundations

£1,050

Per course

Level 1 (HE4)

£4,500

For the level

Level 2 (HE5)

£3,690

For the level

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

For the level

Breakdown of costs...

Level 1 (HE4)

£1,500

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).

Level 2 (HE5)

£1,845

Per course unit (60 credits)

All of the OCA’s Level 2 (HE5) course units are worth 60 credits each. If you’re studying towards a degree, you’ll need two Level 2 (HE5) course units to gain the necessary 120 credits to move on to Level 3 (HE6).

Level 3 (HE6)

£3,690

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.

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.

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Enhance your textiles skills with OCA today!

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