Bucks New University
Course name : BA (Hons) Textile & Surface Design
For the past twenty-five years, our Textiles and Surface Design course has been developing students’ talents to become successful designers, makers and creative professionals. Initially the programme offers a broad approach which focuses on a wide variety of techniques, processes, and materials. Aspects of design, drawing, colour, professional skills, presentation and theory are all explored. Our current final year students have been working on an array of self-determined projects, which further their conceptual understanding and technical skills. Students gain specialist knowledge in a range of textile disciplines including knit, print and surface design. We innovate through traditional and digital processes to create contemporary outcomes for fashion, interiors, product and trends. Students work in what is affectionately known as the ‘Red Shed’ studio where they have access to their own studio space as well as an extensive workshop area with a large range of machinery. This environment supports student collaboration and technical support is available. With such diverse work being produced each year, our students go into many different employment fields. In the last three years, Bucks New University graduates have begun roles in design, visual merchandising, buying, trend forecasting, magazine editorial work and teaching. Students have gone on to set up their own businesses or continued on to Masters courses. Over the past academic year, we have run a series of projects with companies and organisations including print studio Tigerlily and the National Trust. Students have had the opportunity to go on a variety of research trips including to Grymsdyke Farm, and the Woolmark Conference in London. Furthermore, our final year students have had the opportunity to win a Decorative Arts Society Award totalling £500 for their work towards their final major projects. Additionally, visiting lecturers have featured throughout the year in order to offer invaluable insight.