Our Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design course has an outstanding reputation for producing innovative, professional designers. We look for talented, hard-working people who will develop their own ‘handwriting’, both anticipating and setting future trends within this field.

You’ll work in our open plan studios alongside your peers where we foster a culture of creativity alongside a strong work ethic. We adopt a broad approach to specialist aspects of the discipline, which includes print, digital, textiles and innovative surfaces. You will use our specialist workshops for screen-printing, dyeing, digital printing, laser-cutting, material innovation and more, in addition to utilising industry-standard software for creative design in our Mac suites.

We love creativity, critical thinking and design in all its guises, but equally we recognise the desire to make a living doing something so wonderful, which is why we place a strong value on offering real world experiences and employability. You will be given opportunities to experience industry-standard trade fairs which in the past have included Indigo (Paris), MoOD (Belgium), Surtex (USA), and New Designers (London). You will also have opportunities to participate in a number of live briefs, competitions and employment related activities to ensure that you are as best prepared for industry as possible.


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What You'll Study

Year One — You‘ll engage with a number of themes and core skills, to explore and develop your practice in creative thinking and making, drawing, colour, and print. We will help you to identify, develop and express your own personal creative interests, aesthetic sensibilities and approaches to designing.

Year Two — Innovation, live briefs, industry competitions and employability are the focus along with an outward facing approach to briefs, through which we produce work for international shows and a global audience. You will be encouraged to develop a personal design ‘handwriting’ that you can apply to your choice of design and specialist interests.

Year Three — You will plan your own programme of work in response to your chosen specialist areas and design concerns. Through this you’ll develop the experience and professional portfolio you require to confidently present yourself to the design industry.

The Creatives in Residence scheme, allows some students to stay on after graduating and use our facilities to do professional collaborations and/or set up their own business with the support of course tutors.

Work Experience

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during their time at University. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry.  In the past our students have secured placements at: Tigerprint, ASDA Living, Winnovate, Hallmark, Tenue de Ville, Mitwill Europe, Westcott, Belstaff, Duchamp, Trend Bible, Mary Katrantzou, Caroline Gardner, Lemon Ribbon, Pattern Textiles, Zoe Murphy, Keeler Gordon, Monsoon, Ted Baker, Holbrook Studio and others.


Students have won national and international design awards. Recent successes include:

  • New Designers 2017 - Romo Award
  • New Designers 2016 – Clothworkers Award
  • i-dott awards 2016, 2015 winner of 14 awards including grand prize winner
  • New Designers 2015 – The Wilkinsons Award for Innovation
  • Textprint 2017 - Recipient
  • Surtex - New York (2017, 15, 13, 12 & 11 Award Winners)
  • Textile Society Bursary Award Winners (2017, 16, 15, 14 & 13)
  • Offset Warehouse - Eco Designer of the Future 2017 Award Winner
  • Bradford Textile Society (2017, 16, 15, 14, 13) – multiple award winners including 2017 recipients of Paris trip prizes

Course Specification

Contact Hours & Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree programmes at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Programmes are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the programme. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the programme. Each level (year) of the programme is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of learning, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or supported sessions and remaining hours are allocated for studio/workshop access and independent learning. Individual programmes have their own learning cultures based on their specific use of the teaching and learning methods listed here. These methods feature differently depending on the programme, level, aims of module, content of the sessions and progress through an academic year.

For further information see our Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University document.

Destination Careers

Our graduates have secured jobs in fashion print and artwork; interior, design products and furnishings; wall coverings; cards and gift wrap; media and publishing; fashion marketing; styling; buying; and numerous other allied industries. Others set up their own businesses, producing work for private commissions or major brands.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Click here to view our entry requirements

Portfolio Guide

A well-presented portfolio says a lot about an applicant and their work. Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement.

In general terms however we would expect the following:

  • Examples of drawing and colour usage.
  • Examples of design/idea development.
  • Sketchbooks and notebooks.
  • Examples of print and/or materials manipulation.
  • Critical diary, notebook, essay etc.

At this stage in your career we would much rather see experimental and innovative drawing and design development rather than finished work showing a final solution. We would like to see a personal and well-presented portfolio.

Work should be mounted on cartridge paper; there is no need for heavy card and plastic sleeves.

We do not need to see all the work you have produced - around 30 samples, plus sketchbooks in your portfolio would be ideal.

We also run a range of daytime and evening portfolio development courses specialising in preparation for further and higher art and design education. For more information on current courses please click here.

Interview Guide

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the textile studio, where you will be asked to leave your portfolio for staff to view.

You will be shown around the department and introduced to the course, with the opportunity to ask questions. Whilst you have been doing this, the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will then have a 15-minute personal interview with two members of staff with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half-day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.


This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of drawing and colour.

  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas for design development.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

An open minded approach to experimentation and innovation in the use of materials and media.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

A passion for the subject both historical and contemporary and ambition to succeed.

  • Personal statement
  • Samples of work
  • Interview

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs. The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Equipment & Materials

A list of essential equipment is provided each year, such as metal ruler, scalpel, brushes etc. Most of this you will already have accumulated from previous study. If buying from scratch this will cost in the region of £45 but can be collected much cheaper with some shopping around.

  • Level 4 (First Year) Materials and processes - around £120 -£160
  • Level 5 (Second Year) Materials and processes - around £150 - £250
  • Level 6 (Third Year) The individual exploration of design ideas at Level 6 means there is a much greater variety of expenditure, based on personal interests, ranging from £150 -£800, with £500 as an average.


Over the course of your studies there will be a range of international trips on offer, more information on this will be available once you enrol. Please note that visits and trips are an optional enhancement activity, as we appreciate that budgets may be limited. European residential trips cost approximately £300 and local trips £20-30.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

If you would like to download the Key Information on this course click here.

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

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