UCAS CODE W230 Our exciting, innovative and vibrant BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design degree here at The Northern School of Art offers exceptional studios, workshops and resources. This includes your very own individual studio bay, to allow you to surround yourself with inspiration all week long. You’ll develop design and making skills, to enable you to be employed or self-employed within this dynamic industry. Our degree offers students national and international live project opportunities. Work is exhibited and sold at trade fairs and exhibitions such as: Indigo Maison, Brussels Premiere Vision, Paris Surtex, New York New Designers, London London Print Design Fair
This is a well-established programme with more than twenty years’ experience. With currency, knowledge, expertise and contacts, we have successfully placed students in internships and work placements with the industry leaders. This includes: Alexander McQueen, London Anna Sui, New York Graham and Brown Wallpapers, Blackburn Hallmark UK, Bradford Hand and Lock Couture Embroidery, London House of Holland, London LURU Home, New York Oilily, Netherlands River Island Design Team, London Surtex Trade Show, New York Timorous Beasties, Glasgow Trend Art, Italy Trend Bible, Newcastle Zandra Rhodes, London PV Design, Paris Warehouse Design Team, London
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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
on BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design
In your first year (Level Four), you will explore:
• Drawing techniques and media applications • Embroidery and embellishment techniques • Industry structures/career options • Printed textile techniques • Screen production and workshop skills • The design process for surface design • Design theories and critical analysis • Making and construction skills for textile products
In your second year (Level Five), you will develop:
• Commercial links within trade shows and work experience opportunities • Digital design applications for surface design • Colour separations for surface design • Designing and making textile products • Development of concepts • Repeat structures • Professional skills through working with industry on linked assignments • Professional surface design collections for fashion, gift and interiors • Research, analysis and exploration skills
In your third year (Level Six), you will produce:
• A final project • A portfolio appropriate to your chosen career • Dissertation • Exhibition • Professional, personal marketing and promotional materials
Programme Leader Jayne is interested in people, emotions, life, authenticity and how we respond to the creative process. Her research started in 2015, when she began asking questions around her observations of students: Why do some people have ideas ‘falling out of them’, yet others feel ‘stuck’, unable to begin a body of work? She wondered why? This raised questions about theories around ‘nature/nurture’…. Was it down to ‘just how we are’? Is creativity part of our inherent personality, or could it be more complex? Did upbringing, education and life experiences change/affect the ability to create? Initially, she investigated this with several student groups, asking questions around personal barriers to making work and asked for authentic, honest responses. From these, she made a piece of work using the words of her students to explore their barriers and methodology around procrastination. More recently, Jayne has begun to ask questions of herself and her own barriers to producing work and is exploring both image- and text-based responses. At times, this work has felt uncomfortable as she has found herself thinking in ways she’d hoped she had worked through and moved beyond at this stage in her career. If anything, Jayne feels that this work has made her more empathetic, as the research to date has shown her that the creative process is neither linear nor simplistic and the making of work is intrinsically complex and wrapped up in a myriad of life’s intricacies. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Jayne has delivered seminars to encourage students to ask questions of themselves relating to their personal histories and the creative process and has explored guided drawing techniques with student groups in an attempt to interrupt cycles of procrastination.
Lecturer Lyndon’s research and practice interests are broad and cross a number of areas. At the moment, his current and evolving research area is primarily concerned with the emphasis on drawing, as this has always been regarded as a pre-requisite skill and highly significant within both industry and within art and design education. The research he has been recently developing explores the theme of drawing, its importance and how methods of delivery can be implemented within the curricula with innovation. He explores and questions what drawing is and its relevance in today’s current climate, where political changes have affected arts education within schools. Traditional drawing has always been important for developing a range of skills, including observation, analysis, speculation development as well as the acquisition of technical skills. The research undertaken consists of a series of small ‘drawing projects’ exploring notions of drawing which adopt a range of visual methodologies. Lyndon intends to work as a ‘devils visual advocate’, to question and explore drawing with a focus on traditional and non-traditional techniques and processes.
Lecturer Lianne started her career as a freelance designer for Libertys of London, working on their own brand product range of scarves and ties, and continues to work in the surface design industry selling work in the UK, Japan and USA. Latest work includes the American-based company Fitz and Floyd for print onto ceramics and is interested in working across practices. Drawing and print-room activities lie at the heart of her own practice and feeds into her academic endeavours. She encourages exploration in all aspects of textile design and encourages students to “think outside of the box”. Commissions include Waterstones to commemorate “Scottish Writing at Waterstones”.
Lecturer After graduating, Julie’s own design practice included working as a freelance designer and selling designs through national and international textile trade shows. She has also undertaken commissions, including working closely with individual clients. Julie worked briefly at Sunderland University as a visiting lecturer, before taking up a full-time teaching post at CCAD, working first within FE, before transferring to HE.
Technician Demonstrator Jo’s ongoing research centres on the concept of hidden and found beauty in the natural and technological world. Moments of fleeting beauty uncovered by x-ray, discovered in passing or growing on surfaces, digitally layered and filtered hand rendered pieces respond to the lines and textures discovered with manipulation and embellishment with stitch and beading.
This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:
FURNISHING FABRIC DESIGN
FASHION FABRIC DESIGN
TEACHING & LECTURING
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