Surface Pattern and Textile Design

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Award

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
W740
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

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Work on client-led briefs

Previous briefs include Hallmark Cards, Next and Johnsons Tiles

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 and Textile Design

Course content

This Surface Pattern and Textile 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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accreditation is the approval of a programme, giving holders of the programme's award exemption from the academic requirements for a Textile Institute professional qualification.

Surface Pattern and Textile Design Showcase 2021

Surface Pattern and Textile Design Showcase 2021

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Lauryn Edwards introduces the work of the final-year Surface Pattern and Textile Design students at our Art and Design Showcase 2021.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Colour In Design 30 credits
Introduction To Surface Pattern And Textile Design 30 credits
Producing Research 15 credits
The New Artisan 30 credits
Visual Studies 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Opportunity 30 credits
Personal Investigation 30 credits
Printed Textiles 45 credits
The Stitched Surface 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advanced Study 45 credits
Design Futures 15 credits
Negotiated Study 45 credits
Research, Analysis And Communication Assignment 15 credits

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Why I chose Surface Pattern - Lauryn Edwards

Why I chose Surface Pattern - Lauryn Edwards

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Surface Pattern student Lauryn talks about her creative journey and the ways the course has let her explore different disciplines and her own practice.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Dedicated studio space

A number of our courses offer dedicated work space, conveniently located in an open-plan studio. You’ll also get the chance to be trained to use workshops from photography to Fine Metal.

Printing and design

We have so much to offer including screen-printing, dyeing and transfer printing. We have a digital fabric printer, as well as laser cutters, ceramic decoration facilities and a rug-making room

Rugs, Sewing and Computing

You'll also have access to traditional rug tufting, the sewing room and computer suite.

Careers

Many of our Surface Pattern and Textile Design graduates now work as designers for companies such as Accessorize, Hallmark, Mothercare and Design Works International in New York, creating products such as textiles, gift cards, ceramics, wallpaper and children’s clothing. Some have set up in business as freelancers, while other graduates have become stylists, buyers, trend forecasters, studio designers, lecturers and teachers.

Surface Pattern and Textile Design - Facilities tour

Surface Pattern and Textile Design - Facilities tour

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Lecturer, Tracey Flounders takes you on a tour of our workshops.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The teaching on this course is firmly rooted in studio practice. You develop your skills across a wide range of project-based activities, which take place within a studio setting appropriate to the subject. Sometimes you will work in whole groups, sometimes you will working in teams, with presentations of your work to your peer group and the academic staff. At other times during your study, you will be working on individual self-initiated projects. During projects, there will be tutorial sessions with academic staff where you explore your practice in more detail.

In addition, you take part in lecture and seminar activities which allow you to explore the contextual and professional background to the projects you are undertaking. These are led by your lecturers and also guest tutors from industry who bring their specialist insight into the sessions. You also participate in technical skills instruction sessions with Technician Instructors enabling you to enhance your making and digital skills across a wide range of techniques and approaches.

Assessment

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include:

  • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief.
  • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work.
  • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material.
  • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques.
  • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project.
  • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Throughout the modules you take on your course you are provided with formative, developmental assessment opportunities, which are carried out in tutorial and critique situations. Feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor or by you. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer or self-assessment exercises.

All modules also included formal or “summative” assessment tasks and the grades from the formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission.

My Surface Pattern Highlights - Lauryn Edwards

My Surface Pattern Highlights - Lauryn Edwards

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Surface Pattern student Lauryn talks about the vibrant studio spaces and friendly, creative environment preparing her for industry.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

28% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
72% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

29% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
71% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

17% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
83% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

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.

Fiona Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Whichever course you choose, you'll learn from highly experienced lecturers and perfect your craft in our fully equipped workshops and studios, all to ensure that when you graduate, you'll be well prepared for employment.

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Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time To be confirmed

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all workshops, studios and specialist technical facilities and hire of equipment relating to the course of study.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

The cost of materials for the development of a student’s individual practice and work. Additional costs vary dependent upon student’s own choice of materials and approach to their practice.

Optional personal insurance when borrowing equipment such as cameras, lighting equipment etc. for extended period of use off campus [Approx £50-£100]. It may be possible to add some items to home contents insurance.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus BA (Hons) Full-time 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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