BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern — Overview
Applying to study with us in September 2021?
This course is currently under revalidation, with the new title BA (Hons) Textile Design. Degrees listed as subject to revalidation are in the final stage of our rigorous approval process, ensuring our well-established undergraduate curriculum accurately reflects the excellent academic and employment opportunities available to students. Through close consultation with industry experts, academics, students and alumni, you can be sure the course you study will prepare you for a bright future in the ever-changing creative industries.
Studying on our BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern programme will stimulate your entrepreneurial spirit, challenging and equipping you to be a first-class designer.
The subject of printed textile design and surface pattern is broad and dynamic, covering everything from fashion and print designs to interior upholsteries, bed linen, wallpapers, patterns for plastics, gift wrap and more.
We’ll encourage you to understand commercial opportunities and to develop your own design personality. You’ll be supported in developing and realising your creative ambitions, and equipped with the knowledge to begin your professional career in the textile and surface pattern design world.
Through sponsored industrial projects you’ll learn how to meet the needs of clients and see your designs made ready for production, gaining real life design experience – refining your attitudes towards design, style and taste.
Drawing, design research, design development, use of colour, CAD skills, technical knowledge of printing, and professional practice will all be integrated into your projects. These core skills will help you to gain greater confidence and grow as a designer. You’ll develop creative sophistication, plus an attitude of visual investigation.
You’ll work on projects from design research, through to design development and fabric printing and production. You’ll also be encouraged to be experimental with design, whilst expanding your knowledge of materials, printing techniques and processes, advancing both your design and craft skills. Opportunities for live work experience in your second year also further your career prospects.
Our design studio is dynamic and friendly, professional and nurturing. You’ll be taught by a team of professional designers with real knowledge of the subject, giving you the opportunity to learn all that is important for you as an emerging young designer.
You’ll be equipped to start your career, and able to capitalise on your design skills, whether designing for large, well-known brands or starting your own enterprise.
What will I achieve?
This programme strives for students to become accomplished and inspirational textiles designers. You will learn how to design for both fashion and interiors, be able to make designs in repeat, and print on all kinds of surfaces using our screen printing and digital printing equipment.
With access to our innovative Fab Lab, you can use digital technology to challenge the concepts of materials and texture – prompting you to think about possible collaborations. We will provide you with ample opportunities to build up your own set of experiences and contacts, including a visit to an international textile design exhibition.
As part of your professional development practice, you’ll gain the skills to become confident organising your own insightful and advantageous work placements for prestigious brands and designers such as Timorous Beasties, Zandra Rhodes, Humbug Design, Bay & Brown textile design agents, Mirjam Rouden textile design studio, and British Ceramic Tile.
You’ll benefit from opportunities to design for live, sponsored projects and we actively encourage you to enter national and international design competitions.
Thinking & making
Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.
We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.
Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.
BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern — Highlights:
- Work on ambitious projects – designing for large, well-known brands such as Clarks, Zandra Rhodes, Mercedes-Benz, Vispring, Princess Yachts and British Ceramic Tile. The projects are diverse, and give you the chance to learn about designing textiles and surfaces for fashion, interiors and a large variety of products.
- Learn from dedicated professionals who will nurture and develop your skills and aspirations.
- Take a work experience placement and make the most of study opportunities in Europe with one of our partner Erasmus universities.
- Learn about pricing and selling your designs, and how to approach customers.
- Enjoy your own workspace and access to 32.5 metres of printing tables and large-format digital printers, sublimation printers and a large-format transfer press.