Textiles & Surface Design - BA (Hons) full-time

Why choose this course?

    Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

    • Take part in an award-winning programme with annual student successes at exhibitions and industry led competitions.

    • Showcase your work at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions – such as Surtex New York, Indigo Paris, The British Craft Trade Fair and New Designers in London.

    • Take part in industry-relevant practical projects that offer you insight into current design practice.

    • Receive individual support via regular direct contact with tutors as well as online support through Moodle.

    • Develop your networks via national and international study visits, and a visiting speakers programme.

    • Our close proximity to Manchester means you have access to the links we have with major galleries, workshops and associations.

    • Our design studios and new computer suites are equipped with studio design spaces, textile industry software, and access to the latest global trend prediction sites, alongside workshops with digital and traditional textile equipment.

    • Explore innovative design and making practices across printed, non-woven and embroidered textiles.

    • Staff have extensive experience of working professionally, critical writing and exhibiting and selling their work.

    • The department has an excellent reputation – we are top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2014).

    Course overview

    The BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design covers surface design and textiles for fashion, interiors and contemporary design-led products. Based in the North West we are only a short train ride from the thriving Manchester city centre and as such we have many links with galleries, design companies, fabric archives and craft and design studios.

    You will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with an impressive combination of traditional and digital processes for printing onto surfaces including papers, fabrics and ceramics. Digital technologies include the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and AVA CAD CAM. We also subscribe to the WGSN trend forecasting site so you will work with the latest reports and directions.

    The course is hands-on, creative and thought provoking; you will be introduced to the varied working practices of studio designers in industry, contemporary textile artists and designer-makers.

    Recent international visits include Première Vision in Paris, and the Printsource and Indigo trade fairs in New York, USA.

    About the course

    This creative and challenging programme covers design for a wide range of design and commercial contexts - from design for fashion fabrics and accessories, stationery products and packaging design, design for interior fabrics and wall coverings to contemporary gallery/design led pieces.

    The course is taught by a team with extensive experience of selling and exhibiting textile/surface design work professionally, and brings together the University’s strengths in textile design, arts, research and development.

    As Bolton can claim to be the birthplace of textile design and engineering, you will be studying at the historic home of textile manufacture and innovation in the UK. Creativity is supported and encouraged both by the team of tutors and external speakers and visitors.

    Special features

    • This course keeps pace with this fast moving, creative industry and offers ‘live projects’, work experience and opportunities to exhibit your work professionally.

    • You will work in professional design studios equipped with work spaces as well as facilities for embroidery, digital printing, non-woven textiles, garment manufacture, felt making, printed and dyed textiles and computer aided design.

    • We are proud that many Bolton students have gained prestigious awards through the Bradford Textile Society, Première Vision Paris, New Designers Awards, Embroiderers Guild and the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

    • This is a practical and theoretical degree course. Lectures in historical and contextual studies will enable you explore areas of textile production, innovation, global issues and sustainability. Because the University of Bolton enjoys a superb reputation in the teaching and development of textile subjects and is a leading centre of design and innovation, we can attract outstanding visiting speakers and offer exciting overseas study visits.

    • You will benefit from small group learning and one-to-one support from expert tutors throughout your course. As well as excellent teaching facilities and a supportive atmosphere, the University of Bolton campus also offers 24/7 IT access and WiFi for all students.

    Award(s) BA (Hons)
    CodeW231-D
    Mode of attendanceFull-time
    Duration(s)3 years
    Start date(s) 25/09/2017
    Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.

    You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

    Applicants will be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

    The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

    If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation degree. On successful completion of the foundation year, you may be able to progress to your chosen Art and Design subject at degree level.
    Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
    Location(s) University of Bolton:
    Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

    Programme Specification

    http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/ART028-F-UOB-SX

    What you will learn

    You will develop in-demand skills and develop your own creative flair – and learn how to present and market your work effectively in a competitive environment.

    Your broad portfolio of practical skills will include: drawing and illustration as a precursor to design; printed, embroidered and non-woven textiles; and computer aided design for fabrics, paper and ceramics.

    You will also learn how to design, make, sell and exhibit your work to a high professional standard, building your awareness of current practice of textile/surface design within the wider creative industries in the UK, Europe and USA. This will be supported by overseas visits to ‘design capitals’ such as New York, Milan and Paris.

    What you will study

    Level 1

    You will explore a range of approaches to textile design practices and enjoy extensive workshop experimentation in embroidery and embellishment, non-wovens, traditional print and digital textile design.

    Module content includes: Scholarship; Ideas into Reality – Drawing and Investigation; Textile Techniques and Processes; Applied Design for Fashion and Interiors; Digital Creativity.

    Level 2

    Here you establish a personal direction and make use of the specialisms available to you. You also have the opportunity to work on live project briefs with companies such as Hallmark Cards and exhibit your work at trade fairs such as the British Craft Trade Fair.

    We also encourage students to enter many national and international competitions, and have had many successes over recent years. Professionally- based modules help you to build your awareness of selling, exhibiting, working with design studios and setting up in business.

    Modules include: The Designer Maker – Making for Sale and Exhibition; The Surface Designer – Freelance and Studio Practice; Employability and Enterprise; Critical Theory – Past, Present and Futures.

    Level 3

    At level three you work both on advanced modules and also independently, supported by academic staff and technicians, using skills and knowledge developed throughout the programme. As such you are able to direct a project proposal that matches your personal aspirations and ambitions.

    You will be able to apply for the ‘New Designers’ graduate event in London and source work experience in design studios, companies, educational establishments or galleries.

    Links through New Designers include Ratti Italy, The British Museum, Tigerprint, Wilkinsons, George, Harlequin, Abercrombie and Fitch USA, and many others.

    Modules include: Advanced Textile Studio Practice; Major Project / Critical Theory Research; Professional Practice and Self Promotion.

    Careers & professional development

    As a graduate of this programme some of the key skills you will develop include your creative ability, project management skills, IT and technical skills, ability to work independently, interpretation of materials and commercial awareness.

    This course gives you the edge. You will broaden your understanding of commercial practice with the opportunity to visit galleries and museums, design studios and manufacturers, as well as fashion and textile trade fairs in the UK, Europe and USA.

    Textiles and Surface Design graduates are currently using their experience to pursue careers as studio designers, in fashion retail roles, interior design, illustration, product design, as self-employed designer-makers and entrepreneurs, and as teachers in educational establishments or art gallery environments.

    Links with industry, including enterprise activities, professional exhibitions, live projects, national design competitions and optional work placements will enhance your learning experience.

    Professional practice modules prepare you for further training, employment and self employment.

    On completion of your degree you will also be able to join the University of Bolton’s Alumni and Friends Association (BAFA). You can become a lifelong member of the University's community, able to join the Library for Life scheme (for a small one-off fee), access careers information and guidance (for three years after graduation), as well as commercial discounts and a range of other benefits.

    Fees, funding and finance information

    Home/EU Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
    2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
    More Home/EU Fee information

    International Fees


     
    Year of study
    Total
    Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
    2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
    2017/18   £11,250£11,250£11,250 £33,750
    More International Fee information

    No hidden extras

    We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

    • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

    • All mandatory site visits or field trips

    • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

    • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

    • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

    *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

    Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


    In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

    Some additional costs related to specific appropriate materials relevant to programme of study. Possible additional costs related to international and national study visits.

    Contact Us

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Donna Claypool (Programme Leader)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903370

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Shelley Ince (Programme Administrator)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903140

    For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

    Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

    http://www.bolton.ac.uk

    For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

    Paul Starkey
    Tel: +44 (0)1204 903138

    How to Apply

    You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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    Course Overview

    Why choose this course?

      Here we will give you a challenging academic environment that is focused on bringing out the best in you.

      • Take part in an award-winning programme with annual student successes at exhibitions and industry led competitions.

      • Showcase your work at Trade Fairs and Exhibitions – such as Surtex New York, Indigo Paris, The British Craft Trade Fair and New Designers in London.

      • Take part in industry-relevant practical projects that offer you insight into current design practice.

      • Receive individual support via regular direct contact with tutors as well as online support through Moodle.

      • Develop your networks via national and international study visits, and a visiting speakers programme.

      • Our close proximity to Manchester means you have access to the links we have with major galleries, workshops and associations.

      • Our design studios and new computer suites are equipped with studio design spaces, textile industry software, and access to the latest global trend prediction sites, alongside workshops with digital and traditional textile equipment.

      • Explore innovative design and making practices across printed, non-woven and embroidered textiles.

      • Staff have extensive experience of working professionally, critical writing and exhibiting and selling their work.

      • The department has an excellent reputation – we are top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2014).

      Course overview

      The BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design covers surface design and textiles for fashion, interiors and contemporary design-led products. Based in the North West we are only a short train ride from the thriving Manchester city centre and as such we have many links with galleries, design companies, fabric archives and craft and design studios.

      You will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with an impressive combination of traditional and digital processes for printing onto surfaces including papers, fabrics and ceramics. Digital technologies include the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and AVA CAD CAM. We also subscribe to the WGSN trend forecasting site so you will work with the latest reports and directions.

      The course is hands-on, creative and thought provoking; you will be introduced to the varied working practices of studio designers in industry, contemporary textile artists and designer-makers.

      Recent international visits include Première Vision in Paris, and the Printsource and Indigo trade fairs in New York, USA.

      About the course

      This creative and challenging programme covers design for a wide range of design and commercial contexts - from design for fashion fabrics and accessories, stationery products and packaging design, design for interior fabrics and wall coverings to contemporary gallery/design led pieces.

      The course is taught by a team with extensive experience of selling and exhibiting textile/surface design work professionally, and brings together the University’s strengths in textile design, arts, research and development.

      As Bolton can claim to be the birthplace of textile design and engineering, you will be studying at the historic home of textile manufacture and innovation in the UK. Creativity is supported and encouraged both by the team of tutors and external speakers and visitors.

      Special features

      • This course keeps pace with this fast moving, creative industry and offers ‘live projects’, work experience and opportunities to exhibit your work professionally.

      • You will work in professional design studios equipped with work spaces as well as facilities for embroidery, digital printing, non-woven textiles, garment manufacture, felt making, printed and dyed textiles and computer aided design.

      • We are proud that many Bolton students have gained prestigious awards through the Bradford Textile Society, Première Vision Paris, New Designers Awards, Embroiderers Guild and the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

      • This is a practical and theoretical degree course. Lectures in historical and contextual studies will enable you explore areas of textile production, innovation, global issues and sustainability. Because the University of Bolton enjoys a superb reputation in the teaching and development of textile subjects and is a leading centre of design and innovation, we can attract outstanding visiting speakers and offer exciting overseas study visits.

      • You will benefit from small group learning and one-to-one support from expert tutors throughout your course. As well as excellent teaching facilities and a supportive atmosphere, the University of Bolton campus also offers 24/7 IT access and WiFi for all students.

      Key Information

      Award(s) BA (Hons)
      CodeW231-D
      Mode of attendanceFull-time
      Duration(s)3 years
      Start date(s) 25/09/2017
      Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.

      You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English.

      Applicants will be required to attend for interview and provide a portfolio of appropriate work.

      The quality of the portfolio/interview is the primary basis on which applicants are selected; therefore special consideration will be given to applicants without the above qualifications who have a strong portfolio.

      If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

      If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BA (Hons) Art & Design with Foundation degree. On successful completion of the foundation year, you may be able to progress to your chosen Art and Design subject at degree level.
      Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
      Location(s) University of Bolton:
      Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

      Course Content

      Programme Specification

      http://programmes.bolton.ac.uk/ART028-F-UOB-SX

      What you will learn

      You will develop in-demand skills and develop your own creative flair – and learn how to present and market your work effectively in a competitive environment.

      Your broad portfolio of practical skills will include: drawing and illustration as a precursor to design; printed, embroidered and non-woven textiles; and computer aided design for fabrics, paper and ceramics.

      You will also learn how to design, make, sell and exhibit your work to a high professional standard, building your awareness of current practice of textile/surface design within the wider creative industries in the UK, Europe and USA. This will be supported by overseas visits to ‘design capitals’ such as New York, Milan and Paris.

      What you will study

      Level 1

      You will explore a range of approaches to textile design practices and enjoy extensive workshop experimentation in embroidery and embellishment, non-wovens, traditional print and digital textile design.

      Module content includes: Scholarship; Ideas into Reality – Drawing and Investigation; Textile Techniques and Processes; Applied Design for Fashion and Interiors; Digital Creativity.

      Level 2

      Here you establish a personal direction and make use of the specialisms available to you. You also have the opportunity to work on live project briefs with companies such as Hallmark Cards and exhibit your work at trade fairs such as the British Craft Trade Fair.

      We also encourage students to enter many national and international competitions, and have had many successes over recent years. Professionally- based modules help you to build your awareness of selling, exhibiting, working with design studios and setting up in business.

      Modules include: The Designer Maker – Making for Sale and Exhibition; The Surface Designer – Freelance and Studio Practice; Employability and Enterprise; Critical Theory – Past, Present and Futures.

      Level 3

      At level three you work both on advanced modules and also independently, supported by academic staff and technicians, using skills and knowledge developed throughout the programme. As such you are able to direct a project proposal that matches your personal aspirations and ambitions.

      You will be able to apply for the ‘New Designers’ graduate event in London and source work experience in design studios, companies, educational establishments or galleries.

      Links through New Designers include Ratti Italy, The British Museum, Tigerprint, Wilkinsons, George, Harlequin, Abercrombie and Fitch USA, and many others.

      Modules include: Advanced Textile Studio Practice; Major Project / Critical Theory Research; Professional Practice and Self Promotion.

      Careers

      Careers & professional development

      As a graduate of this programme some of the key skills you will develop include your creative ability, project management skills, IT and technical skills, ability to work independently, interpretation of materials and commercial awareness.

      This course gives you the edge. You will broaden your understanding of commercial practice with the opportunity to visit galleries and museums, design studios and manufacturers, as well as fashion and textile trade fairs in the UK, Europe and USA.

      Textiles and Surface Design graduates are currently using their experience to pursue careers as studio designers, in fashion retail roles, interior design, illustration, product design, as self-employed designer-makers and entrepreneurs, and as teachers in educational establishments or art gallery environments.

      Links with industry, including enterprise activities, professional exhibitions, live projects, national design competitions and optional work placements will enhance your learning experience.

      Professional practice modules prepare you for further training, employment and self employment.

      On completion of your degree you will also be able to join the University of Bolton’s Alumni and Friends Association (BAFA). You can become a lifelong member of the University's community, able to join the Library for Life scheme (for a small one-off fee), access careers information and guidance (for three years after graduation), as well as commercial discounts and a range of other benefits.

      Fees & Funding

      Fees, funding and finance information

      Home/EU Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £9,000£9,000£9,000   £27,000
      2017/18   £9,000£9,000£9,000 £27,000
      More Home/EU Fee information

      International Fees


       
      Year of study
      Total
      Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
      2016/17 £11,250£11,250£11,250   £33,750
      2017/18   £11,250£11,250£11,250 £33,750
      More International Fee information

      No hidden extras

      We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

      • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses

      • All mandatory site visits or field trips

      • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles

      • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course

      • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

      *Terms and conditions apply, please see http://www.bolton.ac.uk/fees for further information

      Additional learning opportunities and associated costs


      In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

      Some additional costs related to specific appropriate materials relevant to programme of study. Possible additional costs related to international and national study visits.

      Contacts

      Contact Us

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Donna Claypool (Programme Leader)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903370

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Shelley Ince (Programme Administrator)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903140

      For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

      Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

      http://www.bolton.ac.uk

      For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

      Paul Starkey
      Tel: +44 (0)1204 903138

      How to Apply

      How to Apply

      You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.