University Centre Telford

Textiles and Surface Pattern

University Centre Telford
In Telford

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Telford
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Telford
  • Duration:
    3 Years

BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Pattern is a highly creative course designed to equip you with the skills, attributes and passion you need to work within the broad, fast-paced, exciting world of cutting-edge textiles and surface design.


The ethos of the course is based on employability and creativity underpinned by hands-on textile design processes, studio based professional practice and contextual understanding. It allows you to develop as an individual designer and explore innovative design approaches, take part in industry relevant practical projects that offer insight into current design practice whilst encouraging speculative and creative risk taking in the design process.

This creative and challenging programme covers design for a wide range of contexts including:

Surface pattern design
Textile design for interiors
Print design for fashion.

As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to develop your creative identity via a curriculum that can offer you the choice of becoming a specialist in one of these fields or explore a wider range of approaches to textiles and surface design from a commercial or conceptual perspective.

The twenty-first century textile industry needs designers who have design intelligence, versatility and a range of skills incorporating both practical, hands on, material practice and the broader knowledge of product application, market awareness and innovation. This course is designed to offer that level of scope and diversity.

You will be exposed to a range of design possibilities through research, workshops, design projects, engagement with industry, personal investigation, product outcome to prepare you as designers for the opportunities the modern, global fashion and textile industry offers.

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Telford (Shropshire)
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Level 3 Southwater One, Southwater Sqare, Southwater Way, TF3 4JG


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Textile and Surface Pattern Design Skills: Research methodologies, creative thinking and concept development. A broad range of visual language techniques such as observational drawing, mixed-media mark-making and surface techniques, collage, colour mixing and matching, pattern repeat structures and technical repeat. Creating colour palettes and alternative colourways Range planning for a wide variety of textile outcomes such as fashion fabrics, furnishings, wallpaper, rug, carpet and hard surfaces. Communication of concept via mood boards, range boards and in-situs. Textile Skills : Fabric and yarn awareness Dye and resist dye techniques Machine embroidery and textile manipulation Rug-tufting: cut–pile, loop, carving; peg-boarding for carpet design; hand-hooking. Traditional Print techniques: monoprint, lino print, paper screen-print; sublimation print; screen print on fabric, including basic pigment and binder system, and more advanced techniques such as devore print and discharge print Digital Print using software programmes such as photoshop, illustrator and lectra for digital textile design onto both natural and synthetic fabrics; specialist software Mira for carpet design. Other digital technologies include laser-cut, 3D printing and riso printing. Contextual and Study Skills: Understanding contemporary and historical aspects of textiles/surface pattern subject within the wider context of art and design. Developing knowledge of social, economic and political factors which affect design within a global context, with particular reference to sustainability and ethical practice. Research methodologies Developing creative, analytical and academic writing. Professional Skills: Trend awareness and market intelligence Presentation and styling of work through photoshoot and exhibition display. Employability skills: creative CV, development of professional portfolio, promotional materials and market sector investigation.

· Requirements

2019 Entry BBC from ‘A’ levels BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D* UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design grade M Foundation Studies (Art & Design and Art) grade D Successful completion of a Foundation Course in Art and Design Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction) If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying. their career development. These applicants will be processed...

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What you'll learn on the course

Fashion Textile
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Textile Design

Course programme

  • BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Pattern is assessed on 100% coursework.
  • The curriculum is delivered through a series of projects which will give you the opportunity to develop making and designing skills, conceptual ideas, contextual knowledge and understanding and experience of live industry briefs/ external projects in the public domain.
  • Studio and workshop culture is core to our courses and you will be encouraged to become part of the art and design community through time spent working in the studios, workshops and labs available to students across the week.

Each level of the course has been planned to ensure progressive learning.

Year One

In your first year the focus is about orientation, skill, concept and creative thinking.

  • You will be introduced to the different aspects of textile design, through a combination of traditional and new technology.
  • Practice is underpinned by creative thinking, visual and theoretical research, CAD and drawing. Exploration of drawing is integral to the course informing skills and processes, transforming you from novice to expert.
  • Introduction to workshop practice is vital at this level and allows you to explore textile/surface processes as an important part of developing specific subject knowledge. Such as: dye, hand-screen print, digital print processes, CAD, rug tufting, creative stitch. You will explore design through material knowledge and experimentation.
  • You will also be introduced to a variety of textile areas through a series of projects incorporating design for wallpaper, furnishings, rug and carpet, print for fashion and innovative surfaces.
  • This will be further supported by a growing contextual understanding and the development of market intelligence.
Second year

The focus is on consolidation, translating ideas within creative professional contexts. You will examine textile design and the broader creative industries in detail and consider the developments and changes that impact on design in your chosen area in a global context.

Second year is diagnostic - you will now begin to develop a specialist approach dependent on which strand of textile practice you feel you have an affinity with and develop expertise in one of the following:

  • Textiles for interiors encompassing design and product for wallpapers, furnishing fabrics, carpet, hand-tufted rug, and hard flooring.
  • Print for fashion which covers a vast range of design outcomes and product with the emphasis on fabric, including digital and hand rendered processes such as dye, screen print, laser-cut and embellished surface.
  • Surface Pattern, focusing on designing through studio practice, CAD and innovative technology leading to a variety of design answers for multiple surface applications.

Live projects are major aspects of the course and during this year you will engage in industry focused briefs, national and international competitions and have the opportunity to collaborate on projects within the course or in collaboration with other areas including Illustration, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Product Design or Fine Art.

As a practical and theoretical course, lectures, seminars and group discussion in historical and contextual studies will enable you to explore areas of textile production, innovation and global issues. This will also help you to frame your studio practice and develop your critical thinking skills.

Third year

In your final year the focus is on defining and refining individual creativity through negotiated projects.

  • Your year-long Major Project will allow you to research extensively and explore in depth your chosen area of specialism, refining expertise from second year, and developing a creative and individual body of work with your future career in mind.
  • You will also engage with industry through live projects allowing your design expertise to flourish in a focused professional manner. In your final year high levels of independence, risk taking and innovation are encouraged alongside well developed critical analysis and mature understanding of potential fashion and textile markets.
  • Employability is a key aspect of the course, through lectures, seminars, visits from industry experts and specialist career advisors you will develop a sound knowledge of the career opportunities within the creative industries and focused intelligence in relation to your own specialism
  • In support of your practice you will prepare extensive, career focused promotional material ranging from a professional promotional portfolio, website and targeted electronic presentations as well as learning about professional use of social media platforms for promotional purposes.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2018

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