Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W740
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

If you'd love to see your designs on surfaces such as fabric, ceramics, wallpapers and stationery, our degree can help you to develop your expertise.

Ideal for anyone with a passion for creating repeat patterns and print for fashion and interiors, this course covers everything from initial research through to design awareness, development and realisation.

We have fully equipped workshops and studios kitted out with impressive facilities such as digital wallpaper printing, ceramic decoration facilities, a rug making room, screen-printing, dyeing and transfer printing, and a digital fabric printer.

Our academics are well qualified in their specialist areas, and continually develop their skills and knowledge to ensure that we are at the forefront of design and the requirements of industry. Every year, specialist visiting lecturers and successful alumni return to share their knowledge and offer advice.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design

Course content

This Surface Pattern Design course is designed for students wishing to specialise as designers and creators, with a desire to enhance surfaces for fashion or interiors with innovative designs.

Our teaching programme includes hands-on practical workshops and demonstrations by tutors and specialist technicians. Individual and group tutorials take place in the studio, where self-assessment ,critical analysis and reflective practice are encouraged.

We have strong links with industry, providing exciting opportunities for work placements, ‘live’ industry projects, competitions and freelance work – and they often lead to offers of sponsorship, study visits and employment. We’ve worked with huge companies such as Hallmark Cards, Next and Johnsons Tiles in the past.

You’ll have the chance to visit - and even exhibit – at various trade fairs. Additionally, in your final year, you’ll present your work to peers and employers at our Degree Show. You could even apply to exhibit at New Designers in London, where many of our past students have enjoyed great success – securing commissions, press coverage and work placements.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Surface Pattern Design and Course Introduction Compulsory
Producing Research Compulsory
Visual Studies Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Colour in Design Compulsory
The New Artisan Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Printed Textiles Compulsory
The Stitched Surface Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Commercial Opportunity Compulsory
Personal Investigation Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Programme of Study for Surface Pattern Compulsory
Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Individual Negotiated Programme of Study for Surface Pattern Compulsory
Design Futures for Surface Pattern Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.