Textiles - BA (Hons)



Colour, texture, pattern, form… our department continues to challenge what defines textiles as a discipline. With many different types of materials, applied to different surfaces, placed in different contexts, textiles has its place in fashion, buildings, science and even health and wellbeing.

What will you learn?

Initially, you will be introduced to techniques in the print room, dye lab and workshops. You will be taught silkscreen and digital printing, dye techniques, embroidery and drawing.

Research will help you understand the contexts in which textiles can be applied. The act of making - exploring materials, techniques, colour, image and tactile sensitivity - will encourage innovation beyond expectation.

Who will teach you?

Our enthusiastic staff have a broad range of expertise which includes print, embroidery, knit and weave as well as upholstery, jewellery and graphic design. This diverse mix of backgrounds adds to the richness of the teaching. Additionally, you will hear from guest lecturers from commercial industry, small businesses and specialists in, for example, web design. This will help put your learning in context.

What additional opportunities will you have?

We actively promote collaboration. You will have the opportunity to design and make with others through projects with industry and with creative practitioners across ECA and the University of Edinburgh. You may, for example, work with fashion designers, interior designers, fine artists and performance costume designers.

You will have the opportunity to show your work in the ECA fashion show, group exhibitions and at New Designers in London.

As well as the option to study abroad in the 3rd year, we support studio placements for all our students, often in London design studios.

Where are ECA textiles graduates employed?

Our graduates are employed as textile designers throughout the world and by leading brands, including Burberry, River Island, Cole and Sons and Pentland Design Group. Some also move into related fields, such as fashion, interior design, fine art and education.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • You will develop a broad range of practical skills and a rich understanding of context and application.
  • You will engage with staff from a range of backgrounds who will get to know you as an individual and help you flourish in a close-knit environment wherein students from 1st year through to masters all work within one studio.
  • We have excellent links with industry, offering students the opportunity to work directly with designers from industry on live briefs and competitions, to learn from them through lectures and workshops and to undertake placements.   
  • You will have the opportunity to show your work in the ECA fashion show, group exhibitions and at New Designers in London.
  • You'll graduate with the skills to enter a wide range of related careers.

Student work


Lindy Richardson is the Programme Director and is course organiser for Textiles BA (Hons), MA and MFA. With specialist interest in embroidery, she teaches textiles across all year groups, and is the curator of the University of Edinburgh Embroidery Collection. Lindy also teaches on the Material Practice - MSc programme at Edinburgh College of Art. | View staff profile >

Gemma Brown is a teaching fellow working with Textiles – BA (Hons) 1st and 2nd years. View staff profile >

Shirley McLauchlan is a part-time lecturer in Textiles. She devises curricula, teaches Textiles – BA (Hons) 1st – 3rd years, and directs all work placements across the programme. Her research interests include sustainability and the circular economy. View staff profile >

Collette Paterson is a Lecturer working with 3rd and 4th years BA (Hons) and MA/MFA Textiles. She is currently studying for a PhD on Design and Design Education in China. Her studio practice cuts across Textiles, Fashion, Accessories and Fragrance Design.

Belinda Tippen is a practising designer and lecturer with considerable commercial experience in the fields of Graphic Design and Illustration. She is currently a Teaching Fellow in design, focusing on visual communication and self promotion skills. Her interests include artist books, publication design and branding. View staff profile >

Chloe Patience is co-founder and director of Bebaroque, specialising in embroidery. She teaches 1st and 2nd year students.

Tea Lautala is a freelance textile designer with a wealth of experience in the industry.


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News & events

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Collage of materials blue green and red
Detail of Sophie Fields' Shakespeare-inspired commemorative cloth

Eva Cameron Coutts talks to second year Textiles students about their latest project.

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The Sculpture Court during Degree Show
Textiles on display in our historic Sculpture Court during Degree Show 2016
Combined with Performance Costume pieces, the work transformed the space into a riot of colour, pattern and texture
Image courtesy of Gareth Easton

Wins include a Burberry Scholarship for Matthew Barber.


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