Textile Practice (Surface Design) BA/BSc(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
The Surface Design route of the Textile Practice course is creative and explorative, and asks you to become involved in pushing the potential for new materials and surfaces, as a result of innovative textile-based thinking. You'll have the opportunity to bring together your interest in surface qualities, future materials and textiles in the creation of new design solutions for a broad range of surface design industries. The course focuses on developing your personal vision, research, innovative thinking and practical skills, which will encourage you to push the boundaries of your ideas. This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.
This course is part of a suite of three courses which includes Textile Practice (Surface Design) BA/BSc(Hons), Textile Practice (Textile Design) BA/BSc(Hons), and Textile Practice (Textile Crafts and Art) BA/BSc(Hons). Once you have enrolled on one of these courses, you can transfer onto any of the other courses within the suite should you wish. This offers you flexibility on the course and allows you to develop your own path. You therefore only need to apply for one course from the Textile Practice suite.
You'll have the chance to focus on innovative interior and exterior surface designs, work on projects with industry sponsors and design innovators, and may have the opportunity to exhibit at a key industry tradeshow. The course aims to develop your creative and investigative approach through the exploration of the specialist areas of digital design, knitting, weaving, embroidery/stitch and print/dye, and their potential application to hard materials. You'll be encouraged to consider a range of materials and develop your visual communication skills and conceptual thinking, underpinned by textile knowledge. We'll support you in developing your knowledge of materials and techniques, professional practice, product innovation, sustainable futures and the supporting theories. You'll also have the opportunity to explore a range of creative, professional, intellectual and personal skills and attitudes that are relevant in the roles of a designer-maker, commercial designer and contemporary practitioner.
Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.
Year 1 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Introduction to Professional Practice
This module is a foundation which aims to introduce you to the range of professional practice routes that you will be able to study through the Intermediate and Honours levels of the course. You will be able to creatively explore the routes of the Designer Maker, Designer for Industry and Contemporary Practitioner. Working on a range of industry led, self-written and independent projects you will begin to establish an understanding of material process, colour, theory, technical, expressive, analytical and applied research skills and produce a portfolio of work (worth 100% of module marks).
Introduction to Materials and Process
This module introduces you to the fundamental processes of textiles and surface materials through a series of practical workshop activities. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding and working knowledge of both hard and soft materials using the print, dye, knit, embroidery and weave workshops. You will be able to explore new technologies alongside traditional hand processes to produce a portfolio of creative samples and technical knowledge (worth 100% of the module marks) which are inspired by your visual research.
Visual research and its relationship to your practice will be introduced in this module. You will be asked to produce a portfolio of drawings from both primary and secondary research (worth 100% of the module marks) with an emphasis on developing your own personal vocabulary. A diverse range of colour application/theory, drawing, mixed-media, 3-D and digital techniques will be explored to foster an experimental and analytical approach and develop an aesthetic understanding in relation to your material and textile sampling.
Introduction to Theory and Context
The vital discourses and debates surrounding the influences, production and critical reception of contemporary textiles and surface design will be explored in this module. You will be supported in developing a grounded understanding of the context of theory and its relationship to practice and business. We’ll also help you to address key concepts, encouraging you to expand your understanding of how the subject relates to other disciplines (film, media, popular culture, business and marketing). You will be asked to produce a contextual portfolio of written outcomes, comprising project proposals, critical reviews, creative writing and market reports (worth 100% of the module marks).
Year 2 - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
Creative Professional Practice
This module will be directly informed by your advanced materials and process module and allows you to explore a series of outcomes which will expand and develop methods of research, sampling, making and presentation within your practice area of: - designer maker (for textile, craft, art, design or surface design) - commercial designer (for textile or surface design) - contemporary practice (for textile craft, art or surface design)
Advanced Materials and Process
You will have the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of selected textiles, surface and craft techniques through exploration and experimentation in the workshops, in relation to your chosen specialism. The emphasis will be on learning through an inventive, creative and experimental approach through a series of practical projects, with emphasis on using visual research and development skills to produce challenging outcomes to briefs. You will be asked to produce a portfolio of work (100% of the module marks) that comprises visual research and development, initial concepts, experimental and innovative samples and supporting technical information.
Theoretical and Ethical Studies
This module aims to build on the knowledge and skills obtained at Foundation level and develop your ability to understand and engage critically with a range of visual, oral and written contexts that inform textiles and surface design. You will have the opportunity to research, appraise and analyse cultural debates and critical conventions, and use these selectively to define and evaluate your own work within wider contexts. 50%/50%.
Year 3 - optional placement year - BA(Hons) and BSc(Hons)
School of Art and Design Placement
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
Research and Development for Textile Practice
This module is designed to establish and inform your major project. Within it you will be encouraged to identify a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module aims to re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will be encouraged to demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. You’ll be able to define the context and parameters of this module through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. 100% portfolio.
Major Project - Surface Design
You will be encouraged to have a mature and self-motivated approach to your work, based on a self-prepared and realistic design brief and a critical path plan. You will have the chance to build upon and test research developed in THD1376 Research and Development for Textile Practice. You’ll be supported in channeling your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create enterprising, innovative, original or highly professional propositions appropriate to surface design solutions for interior material surfaces and architectural exterior surfaces. You will be supported in realising the potential of your major project in a form appropriate to your intentions. All the studies will be directed towards the presentation of work for an exhibition and an enhanced portfolio. 100% design project.
Option modules: Choose either - BA(Hons)
Theory for Textile Practice
The module is specifically designed to unfold throughout the final year reflecting theoretical, technical and professional issues appropriate to your practice. The module is intended to be a critical and diagnostic tool with which to examine your work. It can be made up of a series of outputs and will help you to determine and contextualise the direction of your practice-based modules.
The process of reflection, research and critical analysis is vital to the module. It will help you to identify connections between concept, method, realisation and mediation of your major project. It will allow you to demonstrate the depth of your knowledge and insight into your specialism enabling you to make informed decisions/judgments related to your practical outputs. 20% verbal presentation/80% project
Technical for Textile Practice
This module enables you to complement your major project by undertaking an in-depth market/technical analysis and evaluation of your finalised design. You will be encouraged to extend and apply your knowledge of manufacturing, production and specification design to your design practice: products, environments, buildings, materials etc. You will be asked to demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of market, technical, manufacturing and economic aspects relating to your design solutions. 20% oral presentation / 80% project package.
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The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.
Students on the Textile Practice courses have recently taken up placement opportunities with companies including: Marks and Spencer - London; Miss Selfridge - London; Matalan - Lancashire; Topshop - London; Hat Therapy - Hebden Bridge; Taylor and Lodge - Huddersfield; Visage - Manchester; Mamas & Papas - Huddersfield; Primeur Ltd - Bradford; Christy Garments - Barnsley; Oxfam Online - Batley; Fyodor Golan - London; GTM Europe - Manchester; Isabella Oliver - London; Print Ink - Australia; and Sage Automotive Interiors - Bury.
Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University's Enterprise Team. You'll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.
80-88% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
This course aims to help you to develop the skills needed for roles such as product developer, designer, fabric technologist, buyer, merchandiser, stylist and trend forecaster for a range of retailers and manufacturing companies.
Graduates from our textiles courses are now working in roles at companies including Marks and Spencer, Burberry, Michael Kors and Primark*, as well as Jaguar Land Rover and Crafty Praxis.
Professional links and accreditations
This course is accredited by the Textile Institute, a worldwide organisation for textiles, clothing and footwear.
Teaching and assessment
24% of the study time on this course is spent in workshop demonstrations, taught classes and lectures etc.
You'll learn through studio-based projects, workshop demonstrations, workshop practicals, lectures and group work. We adopt a range of assessment methods to test the learning outcomes within each module, and your assessment will include production of portfolios, research and development work, presentations, technical records and written assignments.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Our textiles studios house a range of technology to help you to bring your ideas to life, including computerized ARM looms, Sheima Seiki knitting machines, computer aided design (CAD) embroidery, laser cutting, digital ink-jet fabric printing, as well as pattern cutting equipment. A highly skilled and experienced team of technical staff supports the wide range of resources in the specialisms of knitting, weaving, printing and dyeing, embroidery and manufacture. The CAD and IT team are also on hand to support you whether you're an Apple or Windows user.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Initial materials are supplied for workshop sessions but you will also need to supply some of your own materials during the course. These will vary based on the specialism you choose, but could include sketchbooks, art equipment and materials for producing samples, and for printing or presenting your work. The costs of these items may vary based on the materials you choose and there is no limit on the amount you may wish to spend. However, as a guide, costs in recent years have ranged from approximately £280 to £530 per year.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
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