BA (Hons)Textiles and Surface Design
University of Bolton, Greater Manchester
This multi-disciplinary degree explores surface design for fashion, interiors and textiles for contemporary craft and design products.
Our students have an impressive history of success in national and international competitions, and our industry-experienced, dedicated team will work to nurture your skills in traditional practices and innovative digital processes, ready for a career in professional design or contemporary craft. This creative and challenging degree is taught by a dedicated and passionate team with extensive professional experience of researching, designing, creating, selling and exhibiting textile/surface design work.
You’ll have space to experiment with different approaches, materials and techniques, and we’ll support and encourage you to ‘cross the boundaries’ of textile disciplines and to develop your own individual ideas and personal identity as an emerging designer and maker. Our professional design studios are equipped with work spaces, and high-specification facilities for embroidery, digital printing, non-woven textiles, garment manufacture, felt making, printed and dyed textiles, and digital design using Industry standard software. Historical and contextual studies help to underpin your practical knowledge and provide sources of inspiration.
You will have opportunities to showcase your work at major national and international exhibitions such as the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Surface Design Show and New Designers London. Over the past few years we have won many Awards including the 2020 Global University Competition ‘Heimtextil New and Next’ to exhibit in Frankfurt, showing the work of Demi Carter, Shamoona Mahmood and Jenny McCarthy; Emma Christie won the Green Grads 22 / Epson / Texintel Eco-Stories Award in 2022, and in 2023 Zaynah Arif won the same Award for Green Grads 23!
Our students have also recently won the Masterpiece Prize for the IDOTT wallpaper competition over the past two consecutive years.