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Textiles Courses - The Open College of the Arts | Distance Learning Degrees and Courses
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Degree and foundation-level textiles distance learning with OCA

Textiles are all around us, shaping lives, adapting to our needs, thoughts, and feelings. This two-way interaction is intimately linked to our human and cultural perspectives, in scope and how we apply this in practise.

Through the study of creative textiles, you will learn about the rich history of textiles and its current approaches. How textiles practice involves sculpture, performance, and activism. How textiles draws on every material you can think of, concrete, fungi, and precious metals. How textiles are at once both traditionally hand crafted and digitally technical.

You’ll take an experimental approach to materials and techniques to come up with your own innovative and personal style of textile art. You’ll explore and develop touch, colour, and meaning as sensory instruments.

Be inventive with craft skills; knit, crochet, embroidery, and macrame has led to a growing community of UK textile courses students and independent textile designer makers; creating, selling and living through textile practice.

What are online textile courses?

Online textile courses give you the flexibility to complete your study programme from anywhere in the world. This means you can continue to manage your personal or professional responsibilities while you enjoy your creative textiles studies.

While you will complete your textile art studies through remote learning tools online, you’ll still have access to the same level of study support and be instructed by a team of dedicated textiles experts – just like in-person textile courses.

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Enrol onto OCA’s distance learning textile design courses

Learn more about our range of online textile courses below. If you’re just starting out, our foundation courses in creative textiles and drawing are perfect for beginners. We also offer textile art as a bachelor’s degree and as part of our multi-disciplinary creative arts programme.

BA (hons) Textiles Ribbon Work

BA (Hons) Textiles

If you want to explore where textile art could take you join our BA (Hons) Textiles degree today.

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BA (Hons) Creative Arts

You can combine your textile practice with a different creative discipline on BA (Hons) Creative Arts.

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Textiles - Open Foundation

If you want to explore the subject before going onto a degree, our foundation in Textiles is the perfect stepping stone.

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BA (hons) Textiles Ribbon Work

Drawing for Textile Art, Design and Fashion - Open Foundation

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