BA (Hons) Textiles

With our open learning approach, the OCA’s Textiles degree courses provide a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study. We have a thriving community of students all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels, supported by tutors who are experienced teachers and textile artists and designers. As you work towards your degree, your work will be assessed against a set of criteria by our awarding university the UCA, one of Europe’s largest specialist universities for art, design, architecture, media and communication. This enables you to gain HE credits towards your degree and is based on an examination of your course portfolio rather than a formal exam.

Degree overview

The BA (Hons) Textiles degree programme will develop your textiles arts practice with a wide range of media and techniques. You will also develop your creative capacities in the interpretation and application of imagery, tactile awareness and understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of textile art. The programme focuses on the study of textiles and developing the intellectual, practical and transferable skills. It is flexible to your interests, enabling you to become an independent maker of contemporary textiles and accessories or a practical artist using textiles as your media to develop a personal artistic vision or voice. Course units at levels 1 and 2 guide you through stages to develop innovative work, showing technical, creative and analytical skills by using a structured approach that is process driven. The units at level 3 enable you to focus on your personal interests to further develop your own individual voice using approaches that may be conceptual, or, for example, relate to the market place or the environment.

Work by Textiles student Jessica Stroud

Degree aims

  • Widen access to education in textiles at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning.
  • Ensure you gain the traditional skills in textiles to form a solid foundation for further development.
  • Provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material and tutor support.
  • Develop your creative capacities and your ability in interpretation and application.
  • Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of textiles and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practiced.
  • Provide an environment in which you have has the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it both visually and intellectually.
  • Foster high-level ethical and professional standards and an awareness of the possibilities offered by existing and new developments in textiles to expand your application areas.
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of visual communications appropriate to employment, further study, or life-long learning.

Course content

Full details of the content of the Textiles degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Textiles degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here. If you need more information about the content of this degree and the course units available through it, please call the office to speak to an advisor.

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The BA (Hons) Textiles degree handbook

The BA (Hons) Textiles degree pathway

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.5 million people in the UK alone. By studying with the OCA, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship and gain academic qualifications at the same time. Fill in the form below to begin the process of applying for the OCA’s Textiles degree.

Rebecca Fairley

Programme Leader for Textiles

My design work currently lies in creating visual concrete by exploiting its form finding behaviour. I have recently completed a Masters by Research degree; Investigating the Surface Qualities of Concrete Through Creative Practice at The University of Huddersfield. The research explored new ways of using concrete as a decorative material through the investigation of trapping materials within and shaping the concrete’s surface with a variety of materials, including textiles and plastics, resulting in fresh design ideas. I am interested in what I as a person bring to the material and the techniques. As a 40 something woman with children and a previous career in nursing I bring a wealth of experiences and understandings which are woven consciously and subconsciously into my work. The juxtaposition of myself and the concrete (a masculine, urban, grey material) has created something exciting and exceptional.

I gained a first degree in Surface Design in Fashion and Interiors in 2011 at the University of Huddersfield. The course covered working with a whole variety of materials including, textiles, wood, glass, plastics, resins and paper. Learning a wide range of techniques; machine and hand embroidery, screen printing, mono printing, etching, paper manipulation, 3d forms and computer aided design. The ethos of the degree was to encourage research into materials, explore ways of mixing materials and techniques to find new design methods.

During my postgraduate studies I had the opportunity to teach and support undergraduate students through tutorials. This included teaching on the Smart Surface Creations module for second year Surface Design where I encouraged the advancement of research techniques,innovation and actualizing ideas through inventive presentation, demos, student led sample making and power point presentation. I also led consultation tutorials for the BA Surface Design, final year students. Offering guidance, support and feedback throughout their final degree show project.

As a tutor I believe in developing and sharing interests and ideas through safe and open dialogue. To stimulate, support and enable students at every level, assisting them to attain their full potential.

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Textiles Open Degree course units

The available course units for the BA (Hons) Textiles degree can be viewed below.

Level 1 (HE4)

Level 2 (HE5)

Level 3 (HE6)

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