This innovative, hands-on course will encourage you to push the boundaries of textiles and surface design, to change the spaces around us as well as the way we dress. The course is about improving the quality of our designed environment and challenging preconceptions of style. You can choose to focus on interior textiles, surface design or create innovative fabrics for fashion.
You will be taught to question the ways in which colour, pattern, image, scale and texture create style and atmosphere. You will learn to create and present your work as a professional with an emphasis on business skills and how your designs fit into the workplace.
You will use a wide range of textile and surface design processes with state-of-the-art workshop facilities to develop a portfolio of work that is instantly identifiable as yours. That makes you a good proposition for prospective employers, many of whom you will already know thanks to our close industry links. Indeed, students on this course often have opportunities to work on live projects that develop their skills in sales and business management as well as design.
During the course you will:
In your final year you will focus on creating your own personal design statement which will culminate in your work being shown at the End of Year Degree Show. We also offer opportunities for trips in the UK and abroad as well as a variety of day trips. Previous cohorts have enjoyed study visits to London, New York, Berlin and Paris, amongst others.
Awarding body: The Open University
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Teaching and Assessment
Most of your time will be spent in our first-rate studios and workshops, although your practical work will be complemented by a programme in visual culture during your first two years. Assessment is by 100% coursework without exams. Your final Degree Show exhibition forms an essential part of assessment.
Graduates have established varied and exciting careers in fields such as textile design, interior design, decorative product design, automotive design, style forecasting, retail management, design management, buying, trend forecasting and gallery sales.
Applicants require 80 UCAS points at AS/A2 Level (minimum 32 points at A2 Level) or equivalent Edexcel qualification (Extended Diploma – MMP/Diploma - DM), or Pre-degree Access Diploma. Students also require 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C (new grading system 9-4) including English and Maths or equivalent Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy.
You will be asked to send a digital portfolio prior to interview. The portfolio must demonstrate your creative skills, subject knowledge and enthusiasm for study. We are looking for a maximum of 20 images that demonstrate a variety of skills research, design development, progressing through to final outcomes. These must include examples of drawing, sketchbooks, idea development, digital skills and finished pieces.
The nature of study at this level requires GCSE grade A*-C (new grade system 9-4) in English and Maths or equivalent qualification. Under exceptional circumstances, a conditional offer may be made to a prospective learner to include an expectation of working towards GCSE Maths grade C or Level 2 Numeracy alongside completing the degree programme. Mature students who do not meet these formal entry requirements are welcome to apply, if they can evidence their commitment to the subject through previous experience.
Applicants with English as their second language must have minimum IELTS Level 6 or equivalent.
£7,500 per annum