The Surface Pattern programme offers students an exciting opportunity to study in a thriving Faculty of Art and Design. It is designed to meet the demands of both students and employers by providing an expansive approach to the study and practice of Surface Pattern Design.
UCAS Code: W790
Institution Code: T180
Duration: 3 years Full-time
Tuition Fees for 2018/19: £9000 (Home/EU students) £11000 (Overseas students)
What our graduates are doing
Ciara Long - Stationery Designer at Monsoon Accessorize Ciara has said that one of the most influential features of her student experience was the significant access to and impact of live briefs. A pivotal moment in her development as a designer came when she was selected as one of the winners in the Tigerprint live project in her 3rd year.
The world really can be your oyster on this course.
We have an amazing and enviable range of digital equipment and facilities including luxurious computer suites, lasercutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroiderer and water jet cutter.
Our non-digital equipment is equally impressive with full facilities for dyeing, screen printing, stitch, metalwork and much more. In addition to this, you will have your own personal space in our lively, light and airy studio accommodating all four years of the course.
The department is fully equipped to explore a broad range of materials and processes for both traditional and digital work. The main studio is large and airy with individual desks and spaces for all four years.
The Gower Peninsula is just a short drive fm Swansea city centre, and was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. The environment is spectacular and varied, from limestone cliffs and oak woodlands, to glorious, sandy beaches.
The Surface Pattern programmes sits in a cluster of courses within the School of Design and Applied Arts with so many cross overs in terms of delivery mode, ethos and facility – this is a great benefit to our students who can thrive on the collaborative, interdisciplinary study that is possible.
The world really can be your oyster on this course! We have an amazing and enviable range of digital equipment and facilities including luxurious computer suites, laser cutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroiderer and water jet cutter. Our non-digital equipment is equally impressive with full facilities for dyeing, screen printing, stitch, metalwork and much more. In addition to this, you will have your own personal space in our lively, light and airy studio accommodating all three years of the course.
Level 4 Modules
Digital and Material Processes
Level 5 Modules
Digital and Material Processes
Enterprise and Employability for Designers
Level 6 Modules
Advanced Creative Enquiry
Marketing & Self Promotion
The Maker pathway meets the needs of students who wish to specialise as designer makers, making innovative pieces which would be suitable for a singular or multiple outcome.
There are major studies in Textiles but you may well find yourself specialising in other materials such as metal, wood, paper, glass or ceramics. Refinement of making skills is constantly encouraged, as is rigorous drawing, material sampling and maquette making. Our multi-disciplinary programme provides the framework for students to develop dynamic and innovative ideas.
The central philosophy is to foster, yet challenge, the creativity of those who are versatile and well motivated, and who will enjoy experimenting with a range of materials. An awareness of traditional and contemporary craft practices are essential and this will be achieved through taught sessions and independent research.
Students become increasingly aware of their position and potential role in creating future designs that will be innovative, useful and necessary. The Surface Pattern students are all housed within our fantastic studio space allowing a great platform for transferable influence and skill. We encourage a student’s individuality rather than enforce a house style.
Drawing underpins our programme and is taught from the beginning to the end of the course. A rigorous and lively approach to design process is fostered. Live projects are built in where opportunities allow, in many instances with long held course/industry liaisons, and in other cases in an ad hoc nature reflecting trends in industry and invitations from the outside world. These are built in from year 1.
Recent live projects have been undertaken with H&M, Eley Kishimoto, Toast, Tigerprint, M&S, Jayne Pierson, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Mission Gallery and the National Museum of Wales portfolio. Employability and enterprise are important and distinct elements of the course. We encourage our students to research and travel all over the country to facilitate their work. The students are taken on a study trip in their first year to London where they are “taught to learn” using a gallery visit mechanism.
Our graduates know how to contextualise their work. Over the course of their three years this is something that becomes more individual and our graduates are fearless in terms of where they will go, who they will ask and what they discover. Over the past couple of years there have been foreign study trips to Germany, India and Paris.
Our graduates know how to facilitate research to inform their studio practice. Surface Pattern Design is well staffed with highly experienced designers, artists and lecturers delivering a finely tuned programme that is highly relevant to current creative industry practices. The modules are practice based, with a strong emphasis on employability and enterprise. This echoes the ethos of our undergraduate programme perfectly.
We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.
Our standard offer for a degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject, with minimum grades of Merit
International Baccalaureate score of 32
Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis
Qualifications are important, however our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor or email firstname.lastname@example.org as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.
Our students leave our courses with both specialist and wide ranging skills, giving them considerable employment potential within their chosen fields and beyond.
The programme is structured to enable our learners to continue working in the field that they have developed a particular specialism within, with creative passion and an ability to identify and capitalise on opportunity.
This is done through a finely tuned programme balancing creative vision and externality where specific skills required in the practising field are identified. Practical projects are contextualised from the onset and the theory programme reinforces this. Live projects are also peppered throughout the 3 years, building in importance towards Level 6, and decisions made within the distinctively individual Major Project Module in the final year.
We have an excellent range of live projects - we are constantly expanding our external links with industry and galleries. Our conversion to employment and the quality of the employment gained is better than ever.
Our students graduate with a plethora of exhibition experiences under their belts - fostered by our Maker pathway team members who are leaders in their fields. Our graduates are familiar with the portfolio of National Museums and their contact can range from competitions to commissions, exhibitions to archive research. Our graduates know how to liaise with independent galleries and many volunteer at established names in our locality.
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.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that art and design students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.
Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course. We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.
A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first. Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.
Depending on distance and duration, optional study visits can vary in cost from approximately £10 to visit local galleries and exhibitions to £200+ for overseas visits – these costs cover things like transport, entry to venues and accommodation and are normally at reduced rates for our students.