Design For Textiles


Design for Textiles is a world renowned course with close industry connections

Design for Textiles is an established programme, encouraging a highly creative approach to textile design. You have options to specialise in printed, woven and knitted textiles.

The main market sectors covered are fashion fabrics, furnishing fabrics, fashion & interior accessories, wall coverings, gallery pieces, greetings cards and gift wrap.

There is an emphasis on practice-based exploration, supported by appropriate theory & fabric making production techniques. Courses cover: Design initiation & development; technical understanding; innovation; marketing and context.


You will have your own studio space and access to world class textile workshops and technicians. Our facilities have been described as ‘The Best in the UK’ by Dame Vivienne Westwood.

Design For Textiles attracts industry leaders from across the globe to provide live projects such as Old Navy and WL Gore

Design For Textiles at Heriot-Watt produces some of the world’s best graduates.

Students are encouraged to do an informal work placement between Levels three and four of the programme. During the Summer vacation, recent students have been working in print, weave and knit departments of companies such as: Quicksilver (France), Timorous Beasties (Glasgow), Lovat Mill (Scottish Borders), Bute Fabrics, Mahlia Kent (Paris), Liberty of London, Mary Katrantzou (London) and Jonathon Saunders (London)

Graduating students have opportunities to showcase their work at a variety of industry facing events,such as the University stand at New Designers London, Graduate Fashion week (London) British Council Exhibition (Beijing) and a selection for professional shows such as Texprint Paris and Milan furniture fair and many more.

Have a look at where some of our recent graduates have gone on to work as designers:

Paul Smith London
Jasper Conran London
Trend Bible Newcastle
All Saints London
Abercrombie & Fitch Ohio
Lochcarron of Scotland tartans & plaids for Vivienne Westwood
Cath Kidston London
Ralph Lauren New York & Milan
Banana Republic New York
Elle Decoration London
Marks & Spencer London
Voyage Decoration Glasgow
NEXT Shanghai
Caroline Gardner London
Alexander McQueen London

Head on over to Undergraduate Programmes for information on how to apply, and for full course details visit Design for Textiles (Fashion, Interior, Art) BA (Hons).

For overseas students wishing to study at The School of Textiles & Design read our Study Abroad page.

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