NEW DESIGNERS 2020 - FARNHAM, UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS: BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and Interiors

Do you have a passion for designing and making? For colour? For experimenting with materials? Our BA (Hons) Textile Design degree will inspire you to indulge in your desire to design and make individual textiles for art, architecture, fashion, interiors, lifestyle and luxury. As part of the School of Crafts and Design, our course focuses on the skills and design of making textiles. We teach traditional skills through a combination of experimental craft techniques, bringing new life and modern relevance to traditional textile craft. You will be introduced to a variety of handprinted and handwoven processes, including time honoured techniques such as hand dyeing, ikat, indigo, rust, and resist. Creative workshops will be delivered by highly skilled academics and technicians. Our programme includes visiting contemporary designer-makers offering specialist workshops i.e. paper-making, pleating, felt-making, mark-making, drawing, material exploration, construction/mixed media. With dedicated studios and personal space, you'll have access to a range of textile equipment, yarn and cloth dyeing labs, chemical mixing rooms and specialist finishing areas. You'll work on live collaborations, projects and exhibitions, and year two students undertake work placements both in the UK and abroad. Between years two and three, we have an optional Study Abroad year with selected partners in Europe, America and Asia. Our team of academics and visiting lecturers are all experienced practitioners and researchers working in industry on commissions and exhibitions. We have our own UCA Farnham Textile Collection, which provides our students with an enviable on-site archive of historical and contemporary material objects to study. Also located on our campus is the internationally renowned Crafts Study Centre, UCA’s purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts. Graduate professions include designing textiles for interiors, fashion and couture, costume and accessories, developing materials and technical textiles, manufacturing textile products, colourists, trend forecasters, curators, textile conservation, textile merchandisers and stylists. We prepare our students to enter industry professions and our graduates have gained employment within prominent companies such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Jaeger, Colefax and Fowler, Zoffany, David Linley. We’ve also built a reputation for entrepreneurship as many of our graduates set up in business. We have a long list of alumni who set up as designer-makers and textile artists and many of our graduates work in education as academics and researchers.

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