BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design

This exciting, innovative and vibrant surface design degree offers exceptional studios, workshops and resources, including your very own individual studio bay, all of which are generous in size to allow you to surround yourself with inspiration all week long.

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BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: W230
UCAS Tariff: 240
Duration: Three years
(Or over 4 years as part of our Extended Study Route)

A well established programme with more than twenty years’ experience. With currency, knowledge, expertise and contacts we have successfully placed students in internships
and work placements with the industry leaders including:

• Alexander McQueen, London
• Anna Sui, New York
• Graham and Brown Wallpapers, Blackburn
• Hallmark UK, Bradford
• Hand and Lock Couture Embroidery, London
• House of Holland, London
• LURU Home, New York
• Oilily, Netherlands
• River Island Design Team, London
• Surtex Trade Show, New York
• Timorous Beasties, Glasgow
• Trend Art, Italy
• Trend Bible, Newcastle
• Zandra Rhodes, London

Our degree offers students international live project opportunities. If you wish to pursue an international career, work is exhibited and sold at international trade fairs alongside the biggest names in fashion and textiles. These fairs have included:

• Indigo Maison, Brussels
• Premiere Vision, Paris
• Surtex, New York
• New Designers, London

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We have a great visiting lecturing programme to enhance your learning, in the past we have welcomed:

· Alison Willoughby – Internationally renowned textile designer
· Karen Nichol – Textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors. Clients include Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Givency, Chanel Couture
· Maria Cooper – Home and Print Designer for Orla Kiely, former print designer at Zandra Rhodes
· Kate Gorman – Mixed media jewellery designer
· Kirath Ghundoo – Elle Decoration Award winning surface pattern and wallpaper designer
· Kate Usher – Surface Pattern and wallpaper designer. Clients include Graham and Brown
· Lauren Cherice – Surface pattern designer

Live assignments/industry partners include:

· Hallmark UK
· Premiere Vision Design Trade Show
· Surtex New York Trade Show
· Indigo Maison Trade Show
· Owens & Kim Design Studio
· Tom Cody Design Studio
· Trend Bible

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

• Drawing techniques and media applications
• Embroidery and embellishment techniques
• Industry structures/career options
• Printed textile techniques
• Repeat structures
• Screen production and workshop skills
• The design process for surface design
• Design theories and critical analysis

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

• Commercial links within trade shows and work experience opportunities
• Digital design applications for surface design
• Professional skills through working with industry on linked assignments
• Professional surface design collections for fashion, gift and interiors
• Research, analysis and exploration skills

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

• A final project
• A portfolio appropriate to your chosen career
• Dissertation
• Exhibition
• Professional, personal marketing and promotional materials

This degree is for you if you wish
to have a career in:

• Furnishing fabric design
• Fashion fabric design
• Freelance design
• Gift Design
• Styling and editorial work
• Surface design for interior products
such as table wear, flooring, tiles.
• Teaching and lecturing
• Textile Design
• Trend forecasting
• Wallpaper design
• Community arts

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