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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design in Textiles

Discipline: Art and Design

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year add-on

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Places: 16

Why Study?

This is a one-year honours level add-on programme. It is a practice-led studio and workshop based course that provides a specialist environment for the education of textile designers, Fine artists and craftspersons.

Students engage with the contemporary nature of textiles and this includes traditional skills such as weaving, embroidery and fabric printing, while incorporating other methods such as photography and digital media, through workshops, personal research and peer-based exchange.

The programme strongly encourages innovation, and supports a wide scope of textile design and making.

Students have a strong commitment to this subject area, and enjoy working, developing and resolving individual project ideas. They work in close collaboration with each other and with the guidance of specialist lecturing staff.

Programme Modules

The programme includes 2 study modules.

  • The ‘Textiles in Contemporary Art and Design Practice’ module is the main studio component of the programme in which students build on their existing knowledge of textile techniques such as woven and constructed textiles, printed and mixed-media processes. Research and design skills are highlighted within this module. A personal tutor is assigned to each student in order to monitor and respond to any individual difficulties that may arise in relation to their performance.
  • The ‘Critical Theory in Contemporary Textile Art and Design’ module is delivered in a series of seminars and workshops in which learners develop their skills in research methodology, reflective practice, critical thinking, writing and presentation. The module explores contemporary theory and practice in the fields of Textile Fine Art and Design in a blend of teaching and engagement with online learning resources.                                                            

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as studio or freelance designers for the fashion and furnishing textile industry, designer /makers or gallery artists at local, national and international level.

Past graduates have also gained employment in the fashion and textile trade, as stylists and merchandisers. Others have pursued opportunities in community art practice and become gallery curators and county arts officers. Our graduates have been recipients of various awards including The Royal Dublin Society Gold Medal for excellence  in Craft.

Graduates may also apply for membership of various professional bodies such as The Institute of Designers in Ireland and The Crafts Council of Ireland. This programme also provides a springboard to further specialist study at postgraduate level.

Post-graduate Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised world wide for postgraduate entry. This programme will be a bridge between the ordinary level degree and a Masters degree for students who wish to extend their educational experience in the field of Textile Art or Textile Design. It also positions them more favourably for design and art-related employment positions.

Essential Information: 

You must apply directly to the college using our online direct application form.

Applicants not currently attending GMIT will be required to present for an interview with the following; a portfolio of recent work demonstrating their interest in the area of textiles and related design fields as well as visual research notebooks and a statement on their practice to date.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, part-time or full-time Non-EU students.

Contact Us


Dr. Seamus McGuinness
Programme Chair
Tel: +353 (0)91 745406
E-mail: Seamus McGuinness