The Woven Textiles pathway enjoys a high profile. It is highly regarded and respected both nationally and internationally, and has a reputation of being one of the best in its field.

The students have an innovative approach in the use of the equipment and materials, which has resulted in an exhibition of design collections of outstanding quality and diversity. Their strengths are apparent in the originality of their ideas, in the thoroughness and quality of their drawing and design development, in their use of colour, and in the sophistication of the woven conclusions.

The maturity and sophistication in their work is evident, and has been greatly enhanced by exposure to external requirements. Most have spent time working in the industry and in design studios on work placements, and several took the option of the additional qualification of the Diploma in Professional Studies, spending a year in industry in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia.

This year’s graduating students have entered major competitions offered by organisations such as the Bradford Textile Society and the Society of Dyers and Colourists, where they have won many prizes and awards. They have also had the opportunity of addressing live projects with Abercrombie and Fitch and White Stuff.

All weavers exhibit their collections at the international design trade fair ‘Indigo’ in Paris, where many designs have been sold to prestigious clients such as, Donna Karan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Diane Von Furstenberg, Etro, Desigual, Custo and many more.

We are privileged to be one of six Universities’ nationally to benefit from sponsorship by The Worshipful Company of Weavers. This year several final year weave students have received bursaries of between £3,000 and £1,000 each to assist with their course costs.

The weavers graduating this year are highly motivated, highly original and totally focused on their future career. They are well equipped to face the challenge of the increasing demands made upon them by the industry, and whatever the destination, their skills are highly prized and sought after.

Jan Shenton
Woven Textiles Pathway Leader