Contemporary Textiles BA (Hons)
UCAS code W231
Information line 01463 279190
UCAS code W231
Information line 01463 279190
Do you want to study contemporary textiles in a unique setting? Come to Shetland and be inspired by the rich design heritage and stunning landscapes.
This course builds on the reputation of the northern island communities for quality textiles. You will gain the technical skills and the knowledge to produce innovative textiles, and the business skills to market them globally.
You will develop your practical skills in a range of textile areas such as knit, weave, computer-aided design, and print.
Our vibrant course aims to harness your talent and equip you with the skills that will help you sustain a career in this sector. Professional practice will be integral to your training and there is a strong emphasis on contemporary design and awareness of market trends.
We offer well-equipped, modern studios and expert tuition from a team of practising artists and designers. You will also benefit from individual and small group tuition.
Live project work and attendance at textile trade fairs is an important part of the course. Previous students have exhibited at New Designers graduate fair, Shetland International Textile Festival and Wool Week. Study trips differ each year but have included visits to Premier Vision in Paris, Textile Museum in Tilburg and Berlin Fashion Week.
We can provide information on local accommodation options on request to help you find a place to stay
If you do not have the required qualifications you could follow one of the following paths:
1) take the National Certificate (NC) in Art and Design
2) complete a portfolio access course, available at:
3) complete a relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP). Students eligible to undertake (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses. You will have an interview (usually by phone). Evidence of artistic / design endeavour and achievement, such as a portfolio, is required. If no evidence is available, access will be via NC Art and Design.
Core subjects are:
Core subjects are:
You will also choose one option modules which may include:
As part of professional practice 2, students will participate in a local competition.
Core modules are:
You will also undertake a textile investigation project in which you will participate in UK or international competition briefs.
You will complete both research and practical elements in your final year. This year will also allow you to develop your design and art skills in-depth, with emphasis on studio work. Students will have the opportunity to show their work at international exhibitions competitions and exhibitions such as New Designers and Degree Show.
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,100||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,550||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,850||£1,940|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
As the BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles course combines practical, professional and computer-aided design (CAD) skills, you will be prepared for a number of diverse employment opportunities. You might like to consider:
You can progress to the MA Art and Social Practice.
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When I did the NC Art and Design here at Shetland College UHI, I got the chance to experience an ERASMUS exchange programme and spent a month in Norway working for a business which specialised in making the Norwegian national costume, the Bunad. I loved it - I learned so much, and that is when I realised that textiles was definitely the type of degree I wanted to pursue.
I want to start my own knitwear business. It would be challenging, of course, but with the support of the Shetland College Textile Facilitation Unit — which produces knitted textiles for both students and business — it could be a plausible prospect.
Rhea Kay graduated with 1st class honours from the BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles at Shetland College UHI and was announced Shetland College and University of the Highlands and Islands Higher Education Student of the Year 2018.
I did consider other courses but the facilities and unique curriculum at the university, as well as the heritage of Shetland itself, swayed me towards this contemporary textiles course.
Nicole Taylor graduated with honours from the BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles at Shetland College UHI. She has gone on to be employed by Prickly Thistle, a tartan-design company based in the Black Isle, after winning a placement with them as part of a design competition.
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.