Textiles & Surface Design

Why should you study Textiles & Surface Design?

This exciting, innovative and vibrant degree offers exceptional studios, workshops and resources, including your very own individual studio bay, to allow you to surround yourself with inspiration all week long. You’ll develop design and making skills to enable you to be employed or self-employed within this dynamic industry.

Our degree offers students national and international live project opportunities. Work is exhibited and sold at trade fairs and exhibitions such as:

BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design

UCAS Code W230

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

A well-established programme with more than twenty years’ experience. With currency, knowledge, expertise and contacts we have successfully placed students in internships and work placements with the industry leaders including:

  • Alexander McQueen, London
  • Anna Sui, New York
  • Graham and Brown Wallpapers, Blackburn
  • Hallmark UK, Bradford
  • Hand and Lock Couture Embroidery, London
  • House of Holland, London
  • LURU Home, New York
  • Oilily, Netherlands
  • River Island Design Team, London
  • Surtex Trade Show, New York
  • Timorous Beasties, Glasgow
  • Trend Art, Italy
  • Trend Bible, Newcastle
  • Zandra Rhodes, London
  • PV Design, Paris
  • Warehouse Design Team, London

“We were very impressed with the course that everyone experienced a wide range of disciplines; including working on repeats so early on in the course without relying on digital means, so that they gain a well-rounded, full understanding of creating designs for production.” Keith Stephenson, Co-Creative Director, Mini Moderns.

What will you study on Textiles & Surface Design?

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

  • Drawing techniques and media applications
  • Embroidery and embellishment techniques
  • Industry structures/career options
  • Printed textile techniques
  • Screen production and workshop skills
  • The design process for surface design
  • Design theories and critical analysis
  • Making and construction skills for textile products

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

  • Commercial links within trade shows and work experience opportunities
  • Digital design applications for surface design
  • Colour separations for surface design
  • Designing and making textile products
  • Development of concepts
  • Repeat structures
  • Professional skills through working with industry on linked assignments
  • Professional surface design collections for fashion, gift and interiors
  • Research, analysis and exploration skills

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

  • A final project
  • A portfolio appropriate to your chosen career
  • Dissertation
  • Exhibition
  • Professional, personal marketing and promotional materials

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

  • Furnishing fabric design
  • Fashion fabric design
  • Freelance design
  • Gift design
  • Styling and editorial work
  • Surface design for interior products such as table top, flooring, tiles.
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Textile Design
  • Trend forecasting
  • Wallpaper design
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Community arts


Lecturers and technician demonstrators bring a wealth of experience which complements the diverse mixture of skills that the textile industry demands. This experience includes owning businesses, winning textile design awards from the Royal Society of Arts and international textile exhibitions and working freelance for major clients in the areas of market research, trend analysis, design and design application, marketing, sales, trade show sellers and buyers and manufacture of textiles.

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

  • Alison Willoughby – Internationally renowned textile designer
  • Joanne Coupland – Designer-maker
  • Karen Nichol – Textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors. Clients include Marc Jacobs, Vera
  • Wang, Givency, Chanel Couture
  • Kate Gorman – Mixed media jewellery designer
  • Stephen Wright – Artist and creator of House of Dreams


Our alumni are exceptional with graduates working within a variety of roles, including:

  • Kate Usher – Surface Pattern and wallpaper designer. Clients include Graham and Brown
  • Hannah Muers – Buyer at LaModa, previously SecretSales, House of Holland
  • Helen Proudlock – PostFashion (Topshop, Urban Outfitters)


  • Maria Cooper – Home and Print Designer for Orla Kiely, former print designer at Zandra Rhodes
  • Rachael Burn – Designer at River Island
  • Stacie Charlton – Designer at River Island
  • Sue Roberts – Design director at House of Fraser
  • Rhianon Vest – Visual Merchandiser, Ikea
  • Roozbeh Ghanadi – Print Designer, M&S
  • Helen Stevens – Surface Designer/Creative Director, Surfacephilia
  • Samantha Booth – Buyer, Debenhams
  • Sophie Hodgson – Designer Maker, Bobbin and Bone
  • Christina Easton – Owner and Creative Directors, LillianDaph Interiors


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.

The opportunities to exhibit your work at the world’s best trade shows is an amazing opportunity. I have already had my work exhibited at Premiere Vision, Paris and Surtex in New York.

Marie Anderson
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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