A dynamic and demanding course, aiming to create the designers and innovators of the future.
Why choose this course?
The course allows you to develop as an individual. We are interested in all students developing their own interests for a career either as a designer, maker or textile artist.
There is a strong emphasis on creativity underpinned by computer aided technologies, textile craft processes, professional practice and contextual underpinning. Facilities are superb, and include a purpose built digital textile workshop with equipment for inkjet printing, digital embroidery and laser and vinyl cutting. You will be taught by departmental staff who have strong reputations as practicing professional designers or researchers, as well as an extensive range of visiting lecturers and a lively programme of visiting speakers and international visits.
About the course
Year 1 of the course introduces you to the area of fashion and textiles through studio/workshop practice and theoretical study – you’ll learn techniques and skills in drawing, digital media, fabric dyeing, knit, print, weave or embroidery, fabric manipulation and sewing skills. To help you become more informed about the historical and critical context in which you are working, and to develop your research and writing skills you undertake Contextual Studies in each year.
Progressing into Year 2 you will be asked to specialise in a textile area – knit, print, weave or embroidery. You may choose to work in more than one area if you wish. You also choose whether to follow Surface Textile Design or Textile with Fashion modules.
Following the Surface Design modules you are able to develop your textiles designs for any area including fashion garments, accessories, furnishings, wallpaper, interior products, wall hangings, craft objects and art.
Following the Textiles with Fashion modules allows you to focus your textile designs for fashion. Workshops and taught sessions are also provided in the area of fashion design, pattern cutting, draping and construction. During this year you have the opportunity to engage in live and industry projects, enter competitions where appropriate, exhibit your work both in a local gallery and undertake work placements. Your Contextual Studies helps you to frame your studio practice and develop your critical thinking skills.
In Year 3 you are encouraged to develop independently, and to think about and explore your future direction possibly with experience of exhibiting or work placement to further your individual direction. You will undertake a Final Studies Essay and the final year culminates in a public exhibition. Students may also be selected to exhibit at the New Designers show in London.
Live Industry projects have been set by design houses such as Sam Pickard, New Look, Paperclip, Lewis and Lewis and Nicole Farhi and work placements undertaken at Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Clarissa Hulse, Whiston and Wright, Karen Nicol, Milenaa, Chloé, Nicole Farhi, Jessica Ogden, Zandra Rhodes, Dewhurst, Tracy Kendall, Paperclip and the Fashion Museum, Bath.
Professional practice and entrepreneurial skills are embedded within the course. There are many career opportunities open to you within fashion and interiors, for example in-house designer, freelance designer or designer maker.
Recent graduates have progressed to MA courses at Central St Martins, Chelsea, Goldsmiths, Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion, and here at Bath Spa University. Employment has included such companies and jobs as Damien Hirst, Clarissa Hulse, Heals, Laura Ashley, Issey Myake, Bay and Brown, Circle Line, The White Company, Disney Pixar, Net-a-Porter, artist in residence at a school and technicians in higher education. Some students have set up their own business as a result of being on this course or after studying an MA.
Anna Glasbrook, graduated 2010
“I’m working as a self-employed designer, for example on commissions, exhibitions and trade shows. I thoroughly enjoyed my course. I really felt that we were allowed to develop in our own way, well supported – and pushed – by the tutors (who were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble), but free to develop individually. The course prepared me very well for my career and the steep learning curve I’m on at the moment!”
How often am I expected to be in the studio?
We expect to see you in the studio every working day. You have a dedicated desk space and there’s a warm, friendly studio atmosphere
What trips and visits do we take?
We are always on the look out for stimulating and exciting shows to visit. Each year we visit Paris for Indigo and we go regularly to London for the major exhibitions and material sourcing We also visit Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, New York for studio visits and Japan for everything!