Surface Design Practitioner at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

Are you looking for a specialist course focusing on design for printed and constructed textiles? Throughout this degree, you will develop your own creativity and learn about the history, culture and sustainability of the industry. This Foundation Degree will allow you to find and express your personal philosophy of textiles and surface design and develop your own signature style. You will build your skills in areas such as drawing and painting, CAD surface design, hand and machine embroidery and fabric manipulation. Learning from industry-experienced tutors, you will get the opportunity to work with local and national companies such as Moonpig, Ostroy and Vamos using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques. This textiles degree will provide you with opportunities to work creatively on live briefs and gain experience in industry. You will have the opportunity to work as a surface designer, completing source drawing and painting, CAD and develop freelance practice with employers; giving you a unique insight into the industry and equipping you with essential work-ready skills. You may decide to progress from this degree onto the BA (Hons) Creative and Enterprise (Top-Up) or alternatively gain employment as a freelance designer or work in an in-house design studio.


Year One: Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning • Academic Study Skills • Work Related Learning • Contextual Studies • Practice Enrichment • Skills for Making 1 • Surface Pattern. Year Two: • Professional Development • Work-Based Learning • Contextual Studies • Alternative Techniques • Skills for Making 2 • Portfolio Development • Developing a Negotiated Brief.You will also learn to use a digital fabric printer, laser cutter, traditional and screen printer, knitting machine and the Adobe Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator

Assessment method

We aim to provide high quality learning opportunities using a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies. Methods vary from practical studio delivery to seminar, case-studies, work-based learning and team learning. Underlying this is a philosophy of initial support leading to greater independence in your skills acquisition and use. Work experience opportunities and industry-led projects and collaborations are features of the course. You will be assessed through the outcomes of the modules you will study. A range of practical and theoretical activities will determine your final grades.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C(4) in GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

Additional entry requirements


Once we have reviewed your application you will be asked to submit a digital PDF portfolio with a minimum of 20 images appropriate to Surface & Textiles Design (images with a combination of developmental work and sketchbook pages as well as finished pieces)

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Surface Design Practitioner at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS