Contemporary Textile Products

Why should you study
Contemporary Textile Products?

This distinctive textiles degree will allow you to establish your own creative identity in the design, creation, construction and presentation of textile products for the contemporary market while supporting and guiding you with relevant industry contacts and experience. Individual studio bays allow you to create an inspirational working environment.
This is a unique textile degree course. This degree provides a fusion of designer-maker skills. Students have a competitive edge in the world of contemporary textile products.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Products

UCAS Code W791

UCAS Tariff 96

Duration Three years

Alongside live projects and experience with current practitioners, you have the opportunity to explore specialist areas such as:

  • Embroidery, embellishment and fabric manipulation
  • Screen printing techniques
  • 2D and 3D Drawing
  • Constructing 3D products
  • Costing
  • Creating your own unique brand
  • Design and production of packaging and marketing materials
  • Market awareness

To make you incredibly employable students are encouraged to engage as professionals from the very start of the degree. Students participate in a wide range of professional practice and employability opportunities, such as:

  • Competitions, awards and sponsorships
  • Educational visits in the UK and abroad
  • Exhibiting work at prestigious exhibitions and trade shows, e.g. New Designers, London
  • Visiting speakers from industry to inspire and provide networking opportunities

Our degree has offered students live project opportunities such as:

  • Joanna Coupland – Designer-Maker
  • Leeds City Craft & Design Gallery
  • Tyne & Wear Museums
  • Charlotte Liddle – Designer-Maker
  • Premiere Vision Design Trade Show
  • Home & Gift Trade Show
  • Root Handcrafted

We have a great visiting lecturing programme to enhance your learning, in the past we have welcomed:

  • Alison Willoughby – Internationally renowned textile designer
  • Karen Nichol – Embroidery and mixed media textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors. Clients include Anthropologie, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Givenchy, Chanel Couture
  • Maria Cooper – Home and Print Designer for Orla Kiely, former print designer at Zandra Rhodes
  • Kate Gorman – Mixed media jewellery designer
  • Stephen Wright – Conceptual artist/designer, founder of House of Dreams
  • Joanna Coupland – Designer-maker

What will you study on Contemporary Textile Products?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • 2D & 3D drawing techniques and media applications
  • Screen production and workshop skills
  • Printed textile techniques
  • Embroidery and embellishment techniques
  • The design process for making
  • Construction skills
  • Industry structures/career options
  • Design theories and critical analysis

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • The design and production of contemporary textile products
  • Professional skills through working with industry on linked assignments
  • Research, analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Commercial links within trade shows and work experience opportunities

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • A Final Major project
  • A portfolio appropriate to your chosen career
  • An exhibition
  • Dissertation
  • Professional, marketing and promotional materials

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

  • Design and Making
  • Freelance Designing
  • Studio Design
  • Working in a gallery/curation
  • Arts Development
  • Community Arts
  • Teaching and Lecturing


We offer every student their own independent work bay, which is generous in size to allow creativity to flow, NO HOT-DESKING, your space is your own.
Alongside purpose built print rooms with full size print tables, a state of the art dye lab and fully equipped sewing and embroidery room, we have digital fabric printers and a large scale laser cutter.
We provide the facilities that will help you learn and master traditional techniques combined with new technology and the digital age giving you an holistic experience.
This is greatly appreciated within the industry and knowledge of such is one of the major advantages that our graduates have.

gary perarson

I love being a student at CCAD. As a mature student I did not know how I would fit in, but its been great.

Gary Pearson
First year (Level 4) student

I didn’t hesitate to come to CCAD, it’s the only degree I applied for and the course really stood out to me. The facilities are really good, there’s anything you could ever want.

Aimee Monkman
Third Year (Level 6) student


QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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