Textiles and Surface Design Bradford College


Awarded by: University of Bolton

Taught in a traditional Art School environment, this unique undergraduate programme has been specifically designed to develop expertise in textile design, craft and creativity. It focuses on developing independent and creative thinking and has been designed to be challenging both artistically and practically. Utilising weave, knit and embroidery as well as digital print and surface design techniques the course prepares you for the interdisciplinary nature of the creative design industry.

This course encourages students to explore a dynamic mix of materials and decoration for Surface Pattern and Textile applications. You will experiment with a diverse range of media and processes, taking an innovative approach to the design and production of surfaces and fabrics for interiors, fashion, products and gift-ware. The course has been designed with a clear focus on employability. We actively support each student's individual development through live projects with design businesses, international design competitions and professional development tuition. Activities such as study trips to professional trade fairs and studios, overseas study and graduate placements provide our graduates with real commercial skills and future employment opportunities.

Over the duration of the course, you will utilise a combination of creative intuition and acquired technical skills, using programmes such as CAD, to fully execute your creativity in a professional outlet. To adhere to the employability aspect of the course, you will also learn about the business and marketing aspect of the sector and the development of a professional design portfolio. You will have the opportunity to work on live projects from industry, win sponsorships and participate in a work experience scheme. You will benefit greatly from visits by practising designers, textile artists, designer-makers and business professionals. Visits to professional trade fairs for fashion and interiors and the opportunity to study abroad in beautiful cities such as Florence, Barcelona, Paris, Venice or Frankfurt all provide you with a realistic and broad knowledge of the subject and help you prepare for your future employment.

Our programme has an excellent track record of successful graduate careers in design-related industries. As a versatile and independent graduate you will be able to pursue a career within any of a wide variety of textile and surface design-related professions. Recent graduate destinations have included designers, marketing assistants, merchandisers, costumer makers and gallery management. Alternatively, the versatility of the degree also lends itself to postgraduate study, or to teacher training.

You will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals and will work with artists and designers a well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions. You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities.

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