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

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W213


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 understanding 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.

"93% of students agree the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics" - 2018 National Student Survey 


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready 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 career path 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 by NCG.

"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


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

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

Applications received for Art and Design and Digital Arts courses will require an interview and portfolio check.

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 traditional 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 - 64 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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.