Careers and employability
This course has an enviable international reputation thanks to the success of its graduates – 100% of students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).
Employability is a key focus, with modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career. This includes live projects, visiting professionals, work experience, exhibition opportunities, and competitions.
Graduates go into a variety of roles, including designing, buying and merchandising, global sourcing, textiles product development, styling and trend prediction, marketing and teaching.
Recent graduate destinations include:
- French Connection
- Hillarys Blinds
- John Smedley
- Laura Ashley
- Liberty London
- Paul Smith
- Ted Baker
- Tom Cody Design
- Whiston & Wright.
This is the only Textile Design degree course in the UK that is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), giving you free membership during your studies. You’ll also have access to CSD online careers advice, guidance and vacancies.
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.
Connecting with industry
We continue to develop strong links with industry through our alumni and staff contacts. Live projects, competitions and professional bodies are central to the course, giving you exposure to current practices within industry.
Working on live projects with industry can often lead to opportunities for work placements, and the chance to see your designs go into production. Sometimes these experiences lead to graduate employment with companies like Next, DFS, and Romo. A project with South African Mohair led to an international study trip to South Africa to see sustainable mohair farming.
Our students have also received yarn sponsorship and had the opportunity to exhibit their work at Donghua University in Shanghai.
Other recent live projects include Graham & Brown and Fat Face. Final year students have recently undertaken sponsored projects, in collaboration with SPINEXPO, to design and produce trend-leading work to be exhibited at the spring / summer show in Shanghai, Paris and New York.
Work placements and internship opportunities
You’ll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. You’ll be supported with access to our database containing a range of contacts for potential work placements. We’ll also give you tips on how best to approach companies and designers, and
get the most from your experience.
Our Textile Design students have recently gained work experience with companies such as:
- ANN INC (Read our students' story)
- Anstey Wallpaper
- Fat Face
- Graham & Brown
- Hand & Lock
- Julien Macdonald
- Margo Selby
- Paul Smith
- Penn & Fletcher
- Thornback & Peel.
You will have the opportunity to enter or be nominated for a variety of industry competitions. These have recently included:
- Society of Dyers and Colourists' Colour Award
- Bradford Textile Society Design Competition
The personal statement is an important part of the UCAS application. It's your chance to describe your ambitions, skills, and experience.
Our personal statement tool
You can write up to 4,000 characters of text that show you’d make a great student – so it might take a few redrafts until you’re happy with it.
This tool will help you think about what to include in your personal statement, and how to structure it. It also counts how many characters you’ve used, so it’s easy to see when you’re close to that 4,000 character limit.
Write your personal statement now
- Course descriptions mention the qualities, skills and experience it’s useful to have for each subject – take note of these to help you decide what to write about.
- Remember it’s the same personal statement for all the courses you apply to, so avoid mentioning unis and colleges by name. Most students choose similar subjects, but if you’ve chosen a variety, just write about common themes – like problem solving or creativity.
- If you've got a question about writing your personal statement, don't worry you're not alone. Check out our blogs:
What to write about
- Why you are applying – your ambitions and what interests you about the subject, course providers and higher education.
- What makes you suitable – any relevant skills, experience or achievements gained from education, work or other activities.
These are great ways to prepare for higher education.
If you do or have done any of these before, they could be ideal things to mention in your personal statement. Or you might be able to organise or start a new activity before you send your application.
International and EU students
As an international student there are a few extra things you should mention.
- Why you want to study in the UK
- Your English language skills and any English courses or tests you’ve taken
- Why you want to be an international student rather than study in your own country
Here’s where you can mention any alternative entry requirements you’ve used – like an Access course or APL – demonstrating the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through your previous experiences.
How to write it
Feel free to use our personal statement mind map and personal statement worksheet for planning your personal statement.
There’s no definite formula to follow – just take your time and follow these guidelines.
- Structure your info to reflect the skills and qualities the universities and colleges value most.
- Write in an enthusiastic, concise and natural style – nothing too complex.
- Try to stand out, but be careful with humour, quotes or anything unusual – just in case the admissions tutor doesn’t have the same sense of humour as you.
- Proofread aloud and get your teachers, advisers, and family to check – then redraft until you’re happy with it and the grammar, spelling, and punctuation are correct.
We recommend you write your personal statement first, and then copy and paste it into your online application when you’re done.
Check the 4,000 character and 47 line limits though – some word processors get different values if they don’t count tabs and paragraph spacing as individual characters.
When you do add it to your application, save it regularly as it times out after 35 minutes of inactivity.
If you're applying to study Teacher Education in Scotland, you'll need to make your application through the UCAS Undergraduate scheme. Read dedicated personal statement advice from Scottish training providers about what to include in your personal statement.
European characters and other languages
You can use some European characters in your personal details, personal statement, employment and referee details. Some of these will be substituted with UK equivalent characters. Check our Extended character sets substitutions for more details.
It’s not possible to apply in an alternative language, unless you’re applying to Welsh course providers and you’d like to make your application entirely in Welsh.
- To register in Welsh, when you go to the application service ‘Apply’, you can select ‘Cymraeg’.
- When you’re logged in to your application you can change the language to English or Welsh on the ‘Options’ page.
- The help text in Apply is available in Welsh too.
- In Apply you can choose to receive correspondence from course providers and from us in Welsh.
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What happens to personal statements that have been copied?
We screen all personal statements across Copycatch our Similarity Detection system – so make sure your personal statement is all your own work. Don’t copy from anyone else or from the internet and don't share your personal statement with other applicants.
If we find any similarity in your personal statement, your application will be flagged. Then we’ll email an alert to you and your university or college choices and this could have serious consequences for your application.
Want to say more?
You can only submit one personal statement – the same one for all the courses you apply to – and you can’t change it after your application has been submitted.
If you want to send any more information you can ask your university and college choices if they’ll accept further details.
- If they agree, you should send it to them, rather than us.
- After we receive your application, we’ll send you a welcome email that includes your Personal ID – quote your Personal ID along with the further information you send to the unis and colleges, so they can link it to your UCAS application.
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