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Art and Design – Creative Art Textiles

Course Code: CAT

Level: 2
Subject area: Art & Design
Awarding body: University Arts London
Qualification: Award
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Short course
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: Ten weeks
When you'll study: Wednesdays, 5.00pm-8.00pm

About the course

This is an expansive textiles course giving a broad introduction to the full range of materials and processes possible with creative art textiles.

You will experiment with creating colour and texture, fabric structures, manipulation and embellishment, blending practical skills with your own creativity. This course brings together the academic and the creative – craft underpinned with a dash of science and seasoned with artistic context.

With an emphasis on creative reuse and sustainability, you will learn how to transform the humblest of materials into objects of beauty and utility. The course will give a broad introduction to the range of possibilities with creative textiles and so is valuable to anyone interested in fashion, fabric design, interior decoration, or costuming as well as covering issues of recycling and creative reuse of material culture.

You will be taught by an award-winning textile artist, with work in international museums, who is both a skilled practitioner in a variety of techniques and a supportive and knowledgeable lecturer.

What you'll learn

Across the ten-week course you will experiment with a range of textile processes and techniques, building up a portfolio of samples and finishing with a final piece to exhibition standard.

You will discover dyeing – using both natural and unnatural sources of colour – and across world cultures.

The course will cover fabric structures, from weaving to felting, crochet and knitting. We will experiment with a wide range of embroidery and embellishment techniques and cover creative upcycling, and possibilities with darning, mending and remaking.

Entry requirements

While no previous experience or qualifications in art and design are required for entry, you will benefit if you are progressing following successful completion of one or more of the following courses:

  • Art and Design Level 2 Diploma
  • all creative arts courses – design and media, fashion/textiles or art therapy.

This course is also of benefit to those interested in using art for personal growth and wellbeing, or those who are interested in following an art as therapy career.


Assessment is by portfolio of the experiments you make during the course, a final piece of textile art, and short reflective evaluation.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to a level 2/3 diploma in design or fashion, an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art and Design at the College (additional entrance qualifications may apply), or an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business, which is a suitable route if you would like to set up a small business.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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