Surface Pattern Design (Fashion Object) BA

Course Overview

The Surface Pattern programmes sits in a cluster of courses within the School of Design and Applied Arts with so many cross overs in terms of delivery mode, ethos and facility - this is a great benefit to our students who can thrive on the collaborative, interdisciplinary study that is possible.

The world really can be your oyster on this course! We have an amazing and enviable range of digital equipment and facilities including luxurious computer suites, laser cutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroiderer and water jet cutter. Our non-digital equipment is equally impressive with full facilities for dyeing, screen printing, stitch, metalwork and much more. In addition to this, you will have your own personal space in our lively, light and airy studio accommodating all three years of the course.

Key Features

The Fashion Object pathway aims to produce designers and makers who can create cutting- edge work to influence the way we look and feel, and who will have a dynamic impact on the fashion world. Through workshops, talks, seminars, visits and live projects you will develop a sound understanding of how to meet the specific needs of the fashion industry. Emphasis is placed on innovation with materials, techniques and application, supported by highly experienced tutors.

The course is a dynamic hybrid of fashion design, fine detailing and styling to create unique three dimensional wearable pieces or fashion 'objects'. This attention to detailing and embellishment within a fashion context will allow students to design, make and style one off sculptural pieces, conceptual fashion jewellery and bespoke accessories. An overall awareness of the fashion industry will be taught but the focus will be particularly niche. Students will be free to explore their own personal creative vision and individual style to interpret the term 'fashion object'.

The Surface Pattern students are all housed within our fantastic studio space allowing a great platform for transferable influence and skill. We encourage a student's individuality rather than enforce a house style. Drawing underpins our programme and is taught from the beginning to the end of the course. A rigorous and lively approach to design process is fostered.

Live projects are built in where opportunities allow, in many instances with long held course/industry liaisons, and in other cases in an ad hoc nature reflecting trends in industry and invitations from the outside world. These are built in from year 1. Recent live projects have been undertaken with Toast, Tigerprint, M&S, Jayne Pierson, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Mission Gallery, National Museum of Wales portfolio and Creative Bubble. Employability and enterprise are important and distinct elements of the course.

We encourage our students to research and travel all over the country to facilitate their work. The students are taken on a rigorous study trip in their first year to London where they are 'taught to learn' using a gallery visit mechanism. Our graduates know how to contextualise their work. Over the course of their three years this is something that becomes more individual and our graduates are fearless in terms of where they will go, who they will ask and what they discover. Over the past couple of years there have been foreign study trips to Germany, India and Paris. Our graduates know how to facilitate research to inform their studio practice.

Surface Pattern Design is well staffed with highly experienced designers, artists and lecturers delivering a finely tuned programme that is highly relevant to current creative industry practices. The modules are practice based, with a strong emphasis on employability and enterprise. This echoes the ethos of our undergraduate programme perfectly.


Level 4 Modules

  • Major Project
  • Digital and Material Processes
  • Visual Studies
  • Contextual Studies

Level 5 Modules

  • Major Project
  • Digital and Material Processes
  • Enterprise and Employability for Designers
  • Visual studies

Contextual Studies

Level 6 Modules

  • Advanced Creative Enquiry
  • Dissertation
  • Marketing & Self Promotion
  • Major Project

Course Tutor(s)

  • Georgia McKie
  • Julia Griffiths Jones
  • Claire Savage
  • Anna Lewis
BA Award
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

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