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.
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. 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.
- Widen access to education in textiles at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Distance 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 a 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 upon your abilities.
- To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in textiles design appropriate to employment in the creative industries (in fashion design or other areas), further study, or life-long learning.
“The course has opened my eyes to ways of working, in order to make for myself a sustainable practice, so that I can earn a living from what I love. I am now setting up my own small business, printing my textile art and paintings onto fabric. Without this course, the idea may have never come to me.”
Ailish Henderson, Textiles student
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.
The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.
By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Textiles degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.
Careers that a Textiles Degree can lead to include – Clothing/textile technologist; Colour technologist; Interior and spatial designer; Fashion designer and Textile designer. (Taken from Prospects.ac.uk)
Careers that a Textiles Degree can lead to include - Clothing/textile technologist; Colour technologist; Interior and spatial designer; Fashion designer and Textile designer. (Taken from Prospects.ac.uk)Enquire
Fees, funding and other costs
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 whether you live in the UK or rest of the world:
|Per Unit – Level 1 (HE4)||Per Unit – Level 2 (HE5)||Level 3 (HE6 – Entire Level)|
|Per course unit (3 x 40 credit units required)||Per course unit (2 x 60 credit units required)||For the whole level (composition varies depending upon the subject area being studied)|
|Rest of World||£1,460||£1,800||£3,600|
If you started studying with OCA before 01 August 2017, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 super-helpful guide to take you through the application process, making applying for Student Finance a piece of cake – 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.