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The Northern School of Art

Textiles & Surface Design

UCAS Code: W230

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Pass Access to HE Diploma

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pass Foundation Diploma

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Full-time | 2021


Design studies

Using our specialist, well equipped studios and workshops, you will develop design and technical skills in screen-printing, dyeing, hand and machine embroidery, digital print, laser-cutting, fabric manipulation and making skills whilst working on live briefs and collaborative projects.

This inspirational, innovative and vibrant degree offers exceptional studios, workshops and resources - including your very own individual studio bay - which will 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.

You will design for a range of textile and surface design product areas including interiors, fashion, gift, stationery, table-top and bedding. This degree offers a range of niche skills transferable to a wide range of creative industries including teaching, community arts, buying, styling and visual merchandising.

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 including:

- 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

Our degree offers students international live project opportunities. If you wish to pursue an international career, work is exhibited and sold at international trade fairs alongside the biggest names in fashion and textiles. These fairs have included:

- Indigo Maison, Brussels

- Premiere Vision, Paris

- Surtex, New York

- New Designers, London


In your first year (Level Four), you will explore:
• Drawing techniques for textile art and media applications
• Embroidery, embellishment and stitching 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

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In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

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