Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W233
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Our Textile Surfaces degree addresses the application of decoration and media manipulation to any textile surface.

The course is ideal for those looking to create surfaces and surface decoration through the mixing of fabrics and materials. Members of our teaching team are highly qualified across their specialist areas.

We welcome guest lecturers and successful past graduates back in, to share their knowledge and advice with our current students. Visiting lecturers have included renowned textile artists Maxine Sutton, Karen Nicol and Alison Willoughby. Our strong links with industry provide exciting opportunities for work placements, live industry projects, competitions and freelance work. Recent work placements have included George at ASDA and Emma Bridgewater Pottery. All students get their very own dedicated studio space, which allows them to study alongside teaching staff and peers.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:  BA (Hons) Textile Surfaces

Course content

You’ll develop your technical competence and practical design skills as you progress through the course. We’ll actively encourage you to look at the unpredictable mix of different materials and techniques, to create innovative and original textile solutions. Your studies will culminate in an end-of-year Degree Show, where you’ll exhibit your work alongside our Surface Pattern Design students. You’ll have access to our industry standard facilities such as: computer workshops, print workshops, heat press, dye facilities and our traditional hand silk screen printing. In addition, we will demonstrate how to enhance your work with our digital fabric printer, laser cutters and sewing room, which is well equipped for machine embroidery, embellishers and smocking machines. In your final year, you’ll present your work to peers and employers at our Degree Show. You could even apply to exhibit at New Designers in London, where many of our past students have enjoyed great success – securing commissions, press coverage and work placements.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Textile Surfaces Course Introduction Compulsory
Producing Research Compulsory
Visual Studies Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Colour in Design Compulsory
The New Artisan Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Printed Textile Surfaces Compulsory
The Stitched Surface Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Commercial Opportunity Compulsory
Personal Investigation Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Programme of Study for Textile Surfaces Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Individual Negotiated Programme of Study for Textile Surfaces Compulsory
Design Futures for Textile Surfaces Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.