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Textile Design, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #394 (BCR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
In the Textile Design program offered by Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University), you will learn how to turn innovative ideas into actual printed, woven and knitted products. Through our proven curriculum, you will be trained to blend aesthetic and creative skills with the latest technologies.
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The Textile Design programme is Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University). You will take studio and technical courses in weaving, knitting and printing, dyeing and finishing, and materials technology.  You will be taught by active members of the textile design field, including artists, design directors, authors and researchers. Visiting artists and guest lecturers expand the educational experience, bringing real-world applications to the classroom experience. 

Partnerships with industry and national and international design competitions provide you with practical experience. You can also study abroad to learn about a new culture while expanding your textile design skills.  And, since our faculty remain active in the textile design field, our internship program is one of the strongest in the industry. You may intern with companies like Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch starting in your junior year. 

 Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter the global textile marketplace with a commanding competitive edge and attain positions in all areas of the industry from national and international firms to boutique and specialty retailers. 

Our graduates’ first jobs include: print designers for apparel and home furnishings, dobby and jacquard woven stylists for contract and residential upholstery, and textile specialists for high performance sports apparel.

PhilaU has been a textile leader since 1884.  As part of this program, you will join a class of students who are regularly featured at major exhibits, compete in national competitions and are sought after by industry leaders to collaborate on real world design challenges. You will not only get an education – you’ll earn a reputation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    129-133 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pathways Seminar
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication 
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Mathematics
  • Process: Integrative Design Process
  • Design Essentials 
  • Drawing Essentials 
  • Survey of the Textile Industry 
  • Drawing: Materials and Methods
  • Knitting Technology 
  • History of Western Art I
  • Ethics
  • Global Diversity
  • Writing Seminar II: Multimedia Communication
  • Science (Select one DECSYS)
  • Framework: Business Models 
  • Weave Technology 
  • Weave Design Studio 
  • Knit Design Studio 
  • Textile Design Research 
  • Introduction to Digital Imaging 
  • American Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Global Issues
  • Integrative Seminar: Ethnographic Research Methods

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

To apply online as an undergraduate student, complete the Jefferson Online Application or Common Application and submit all supporting materials before the deadlines.

To be considered for admission to Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University), first year applicants must submit:

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores. The PhilaU code for the SAT is 2666 and the ACT is 3668.
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and college readiness.
  • Essay of at least 250 words.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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