OVERVIEW Textile Design at Norwich is for the curious, creative student who wants to explore surface, pattern, material, digital and traditional textile processes for interiors and fashion. As textile designers you are the muse of the fashion industry driving sustainable and ethical agendas and solutions. You will design for environments, body and artefact and be agents of change in how we think about consumption, inclusivity and how we interact with the textiles that we wear and live around every day. The course supports you to identify personal professional interests alongside developing creative, technical and industry skills. A distinctive feature of textile design study at Norwich is the ability to explore all textile processes throughout the course, rather than specialise early in your studies. Through hands-on practical workshops and design challenges you will utilise textile processes of print, knit, weave and stitch, alongside dyeing, fabric manipulation, surface embellishment and digital software, answering industry-relevant briefs. You will define your own creative practice built on knowledge, skills, critical reflection, and experimentation while building your graduate portfolio. YEAR 0 This course includes a Year 0, which promotes developing practical, technical and creative skills and confidence. Building on your prior experience, you will be introduced to some of our workshops to assist your skill development, with an increasing emphasis on professional standards and independent study. The course places emphasis on your personal commitment to study, while supporting you in your progression. KEY FEATURES • Explore the infinite possibilities of materiality and make in textile design, through drawing, image and colour, material research informing pattern and design direction. • Hands on learning is put into context through investigation and exploration, absorbing cultural histories and global awareness of sustainability and ethical provenance. • Gain vital industry knowledge through the highly skilled and knowledgeable staff team as well as an extensive lecture series which broadens and stretches your understanding of the textile design arena • Engage with industry agendas of sustainable practice and responsible design whilst addressing commercial and client needs of this multi million-pound global industry. • Challenge and innovative with materials and processes of ‘make’ and tactile interventions, you will explore trad tech and digital tools to create design solutions that shape and redefine our industry. DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE COMPUTING The year-long Diploma in Creative Computing year takes place between Year 2 and 3 of the course and is designed to introduce you to creative computing and gain an understanding of how you can use coding skills to advance and complement your creative practice. You do not need any prior experience of coding to participate, just a curiosity about creative computing and a desire to push your own practice digitally. YOUR FUTURE Past students have achieved industry recognition and success in competitions including the international awards hosted by the Society of Dyers and Colourists, i-Dott wallpaper awards, Bradford Textile Society Awards and The Batsford Prize. Graduates of the course have secured diverse roles in textile-related positions and beyond, including education roles in school and post-16 providers, manufacturing companies such as Ivo Prints, Whitchurch Silk Mill, design studios including Next Home, Joules, and Bay and Brown, conservation work with the National Trust and costume with the Scottish Opera. OUR STUDENTS’ WORK Explore our online Graduate Showcase – celebrating the very best Norwich University of the Arts graduate work. Explore nuagradshowcase.com
You can find more information about the content of the BA (Hons) Textile Design (including Year 0) course at www.nua.ac.uk/4-year-degrees/
The University assesses you through the coursework you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require you to present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. You can find out more information about our assessment methods at www.nua.ac.uk/assessment/
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Norwich welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications.
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Additional entry requirements
Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Textile Design with Creative Computing (including Year 0) at Norwich, we will ask you to prepare a portfolio. This will be used to assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity. For more information please visit our website at www.nua.ac.uk/ba-hons-textile-design/#tabs-portfolio-guidance
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