Printed and Constructed Textiles - FdA (Full-Time)

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Art and Design

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W231


 This course covers the design for printed and constructed textiles for a range of applications ranging from fashion design, interior and soft furnishings, stationery and giftwrap and accessories. You will gain the technical know-how and professional expertise to work on challenging projects and live industry briefs.
The emphasis is on creative design using traditional techniques as well as digital processes. An opportunity to work across the textile subject area will support the development of experimental and highly original design outcomes.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will develop your employment skills, knowledge and awareness through access to professional work placements across the North East and UK. You will have the opportunity to gain work experience at one of the many companies that currently support this course. Across both year groups students will take part in live industry briefs and are taught by and work with a range of specialist practitioners within printed and constructed textiles. You will also be able to exhibit your work to representatives from industry in your second year.

Recent live industry briefs have been with companies such as Liberty, Prey UK, Kate Usher and Dr. Martens.

Who the course is for

The Foundation Degree in Printed and Constructed Textiles is ideally suited for individuals who want to identify where their strengths lie within printed and constructed textile design and would like to become proficient in their chosen area. The focus in year one is to upskill and develop/refine both skills and knowledge in the subject area. The focus within year two is to develop a portfolio of work which is specialist to your chosen pathway and presented to industry standard.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the programme of study you will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Printed and Constructed Textiles.

"Through this course I have achieved a level of professional expertise that will allow me to work on challenging projects."

Frank Lu
FdA Printed and Constructed Textiles

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Textile Designer - £12,500-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Textile Designer - £21,000-£28,000

Senior Level Role

Design Director - £30,000-£40,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

 Year 1


Skills for Making 1
This is your opportunity to explore one specialist textiles technique in depth to create a sample collection.

Printed and Constructed Textiles
An introduction to tradition printed and constructed textiles; you will learn screen print, weave, macramé, embroidery to explore within a fabric collection.

Surface Pattern
An introduction to contemporary drawing and hand rendered surface pattern.

Work Related Learning
A live industry project.

Professional Development
This module will support your planning and personal development alongside your design modules.

Academic Study Skills
This module underpins the academic study skills which you will need as you progress through higher education.

Practice Enrichment
An introduction to Adobe Photoshop.

Contextual Studies 1
Report writing and research based module to expand you knowledge of contextualised subjects in your area.

Year 2

Skills for Making 2
Exploring screen print in more depth and applying your surface patterns to either Interior or Fashion applications.

Portfolio Development
This module is your opportunity to create a final collection showcasing all of the skills you have developed over the two year programme. This is displayed in a final end of year exhibition.

Developing an Negotiated Brief
Creating digital scarf designs for Liberty.

Professional Development
In this module you create self-branding, a creative CV, business cards, to support you as you prepare to move into Industry.

Work-Based Learning
An Industry based work placement of your choice.

Alternative Techniques
An introduction to Adobe Illustrator and the laser cutter.

Contextual Studies 2
Report writing and research based module to expand you knowledge of contextualised subjects in your area.



Learning Methods

 We focus on producing graduates with practical skills and knowledge relevant to the textile and design industry. Your tutors have practical, industry and academic expertise in printed and constructed textiles and you’ll also be able to draw on the expertise and industry experience of other tutors to support you during this programme of study.
Alongside your work based learning, you’ll learn through practical and theoretical workshops, one-to-one tutorials, lectures, group discussions and demonstrations. As well as developing your specialist skills you will learn how to research, evaluate and present your ideas clearly, and to solve problems creatively, adopting a professional approach to your work.
Assessment is conducted through portfolios, practical work and written reports.


Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a range of tools including practical portfolio work, presentations and written work.

Progression Opportunities

 Academic progression is available through a specialist subject pathway of our BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise (Top-Up). You could also pursue a career in teaching and progress to study onto a Masters or PGCE qualification.


Career Opportunities

Career paths range from surface pattern and digital print designer, interior textile designer, creative stylist, stationery and giftware designer, fashion print designer, freelance designer/maker. 


Entry Requirements

 A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will need to buy a range of art and textile materials and equipment such as scissors, rulers, USB storage, fabric and sketchbooks. A full equipment list is given to those who successfully gain a place to study prior to starting in September.

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.