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Surface Pattern and Textiles (Swansea College of Art)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Textile design

Our Integrated Masters Surface Pattern and Textiles course at Swansea College of Art UWTSD is a vibrant, multidisciplinary programme where we explore textiles, materiality, pattern and making in the far-reaching contexts of fashion, interiors, object and design led galleries. We are a materials-based course with textiles at the core, we don’t limit ourselves by material discipline! Students explore cloth, paper, metal, wood, plastics, ceramics, glass, biomaterials – then they decide where they take it.

The Intergrated Masters programme option allows students to seamlessly continue studying from the undergraduate levels to a fourth year at level 7. This programme enables a higher level of specialism and extends the research established during the student’s third year into a fourth year.

The programme sits in a portfolio of courses within Surface Pattern and Textiles which is of great benefit to our students who thrive on the collaborative, interdisciplinary study that is possible. These students work together until the end of the third year when the BA students graduate. MDes students don’t graduate until the end of the fourth year. The BA programmes in this portfolio are on specialist pathways - Fashion, Interiors and Maker, the Integrated Masters is different. The MDes programme allows students to truly harness their interdisciplinary potential by not specifying a pathway. By the time students reach Level 7 they are essentially designing their own pathway niche, and often find themselves sitting in new forward-looking spaces, or highly specialised areas of the wider design community.
We encourage student individuality rather than enforce a house style. Demands for originality, innovation, professionalism, and relevance are paramount in steering the individual to identify their own distinct voice within a highly competitive graduate market.

The course is academically challenging, contemporary in outlook, and students are taught a wealth of practical and technical skills, enjoying the design potential of our extensive digital and more traditional facilities. The?Surface Pattern and Textiles course offers the best training and facilities to prepare our graduates for a breadth of creative careers. With a highly sophisticated multi-disciplinary skillset across all aspects of digital and material processes associated with textiles, surface pattern, hard materials, new materials, sustainable practices and design communication, our graduates go on to work in a myriad of areas; fashion, interiors, stationery, design led craft, ideation, trend forecasting, print making, surface design for architectural and spatial contexts, sustainable design, to name but a few. Often graduates evolve to work fluidly between employment and freelance opportunities, having learnt the importance of, and acquired the skills to capitalise on varying opportunities whilst on the programme. Many graduates go on to establish their own creative enterprises.

We believe in handling creativity and employability in equal measure - often these elements will be separated in the HE learning experience, but not here in Surface Pattern and Textiles. You will find them intertwined through every project that you work on, it becomes second nature. Our students graduate as designers and makers ready to flourish in a wide range of creative employment, having had significant live projects, exhibition experiences and industry liaisons embedded in their studies. These are built in from year one. Recent live projects have been undertaken with Patternbank, Orangebox, H&M, Eley Kishimoto and St Fagans National Museum of History to name but a few.

Students are all housed within our fantastic studio space allowing a great platform for learning and collaboration. Each student has their own personal desk and drawer space – a space to make it vital.

Modules

Please see the course website for details
https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/surface-pattern-design-textiles/

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course which include amongst others;

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Dynevor, Swansea

Department:

Swansea College of Art

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
med
Textile design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

63%
Library resources
49%
IT resources
54%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,912
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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