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Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern

Plymouth College of Art
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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About this program

Awarded by: Open University Validation Services

This dynamic programme will stimulate your entrepreneurial spirit and challenge and equip you to be a first-class designer. We’ll encourage you to understand commercial opportunities and develop your own design personality and attitudes towards style and taste in the textile and surface pattern design world.

Developing projects from design research, through to development, fabric printing and production, you’ll refine both your design and craft skills whilst expanding your knowledge of materials, printing techniques and processes. You’ll have your own workstation in our open
studios, which house 32.5 metres of printing tables, a dye laboratory for mixing print colours, digital printers and scanners, AVA software, WGSN’s fashion trend forecasting and design tools, large format sublimation printer and transfer press.

Through sponsored industrial projects for brands such as Clarks Shoes, Mercedes Benz, Harlequin Fabrics and Wallpapers, you’ll gain experience of how to meet the needs of clients and see your designs made ready for production.

Colour, drawing, design research, design development, CAD skills, technical knowledge of printing and professional practice will all be integrated into your projects, helping you develop technical knowledge and creative sophistication, plus an attitude of visual investigation. You’ll graduate equipped to start your career and capitalise on your skills, whether you design for large, well-known brands or start your own enterprise.

Students have the opportunity to visit some of the most important design events in Europe, such as Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Maison et Objet and Premiere Vision in Paris.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is an art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers. We are home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom making is as important as reading...

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