This MDes Surface Pattern Design pathway is designed for students wishing to specialise as designers and makers, with a passion for enhancing interior spaces with innovative textiles.
A strong emphasis is placed on conceptual development, as is a sound understanding of the issues and expectations associated with a 21st century lifestyle. A wide range of environments can be explored to include domestic, public and corporate space. You will develop a sound understanding of cutting edge developments and market requirements, and will look beyond the obvious in terms of materials and processes used in interior surfaces and products.
The aim is to challenge and influence the interiors of the future with surfaces to excite the senses.
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 Toast, Tigerprint, M&S, Jayne Pierson, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Mission Gallery, National Museum of Wales portfolio and Creative Bubble. 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 rigorous 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.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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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:
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.