BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design

In Leeds

£ 3,225 + VAT


  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    3 Years




Leeds (West Yorkshire)
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Leeds College Of Art, Blenheim Walk, LS2 9AQ


On request

To take into account

You will need to have a portfolio of relevant practical work that shows your ability and enthusiasm for the course that you are applying for. Also you need to have passed GCSE English Language, at grade C or above or alternatively Key Skills Communications Level 3. For mature students an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English Language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the College may request completion of its own English Proficiency test.

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Course programme

What it's all about?

We will encourage you to recognise yourself as a professional designer, and to develop an enquiring and versatile approach to designing. You'll be helped to explore, develop and express innovative concepts, and to find your own approaches to the wide range of specialisations within the course.

Our graduates approach employment or continued study from a unique viewpoint: they're aware of the tradition and history of printed textiles and surface pattern design, but are also familiar with the latest technologies and cutting-edge design thinking.

Mature students (21+)

We welcome applications from students who are returning to education. We offer many opportunities for adults, even if you don't have conventional entry qualifications. We're interested in your motivation, your potential, and your ability to follow the course successfully.

Course content
First year

Modules include Printed Fabrics, Design for Print, Principles of Pattern Design, Design in Context, Personal Project, Personal & Professional Development 1, Critical Studies 1 and one elective.

Second year

Modules include Design and Innovation, Industrial Portfolio, Drawing for Design, Design Direction, Professional Practice Development 2, Enterprise and Innovation, Setting up a Business in the Creative Industries, Critical Studies 2 and one elective.

Third year

Visual Research and Professional Application, Design and Realisation, Personal & Professional Development 3 and a dissertation.


Assessment is based on coursework.

European links

The course participates in the College's Erasmus student exchange scheme.
Under the Erasmus scheme, a number of second- or third-year students have the opportunity to spend a minimum of three months in Europe, at one of our partner colleges in Belgium, Finland, France or Holland.

Live briefs

We collaborate with Hallmark Cards and other companies and studios whenever appropriate opportunities arise. We have recently worked with Graham and Brown Wallpapers and Pattern Fashion Fabric Design Studio.

Work placements

Work placements take place towards the end of the second year, and students are encouraged to do additional periods of work placement to suit their own requirements.


We have professionally equipped textile print workshops with technicians. These workshops offer equipment for dyeing, steaming, digital printing, laser-cutting and stitching. There are also well-equipped computer-aided design suites with both PCs and Apple Macs. All students have access to the internet as well as software such as Photoshop, AutoCAD, Quark Xpress and Illustrator (no prior knowledge of these is necessary).

Study visits

As part of the course we visit major cities of culture; in the past, these have included Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Paris, London, Florence and New York.

Exhibition opportunities

During the second year, a trip to Paris offers the opportunity to visit the Maison et Objet interior trade fair or Indigo and Premiere Vision international fashion fabric trade fairs, where we exhibit student designs from all year groups. The New Designers exhibition in London is an opportunity for our graduating students to present themselves and their work to a professional audience and to meet potential employers.

Progression & career opportunities

Graduates go on to employment in the following industries: fashion and furnishing textile design, card and gift wrap, wall coverings, media and publications, fashion marketing, styling, buying, fashion accessories, costume, and interior design. Each year a number of students continue their studies at MA, MSc or PGCE level.

BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design

£ 3,225 + VAT