Master traditional processes, explore new technologies and discover your vision for the future of fabrics at Hereford College of Arts.
Our future-facing course is rooted in textile heritage. We believe in engaging with the history and materiality of textiles whilst embracing cutting-edge design techniques. Textile design is integral to fashion, and also to many other creative applications from lighting to architecture. With sustainability and emerging technologies at the heart of contemporary design, this is an exciting time as we re-imagine the role of textiles across many aspects of modern life.
On this course you will explore innovative design across a variety of materials: from cloth to paper, plastic, wood, metal and more. In the design process, you will be encouraged to consider a wide range of issues such as: cultural narratives, sustainability and the growing desire for tactility and sensory experience in an increasingly virtual world.
If you want to create materials that are innovative in form and function – you can here. You can explore a vast range of specialist processes, ranging from screen-printing to digital sublimation printing, and from handweaving on a loom, through to digital electronic programming. Expert technical demonstrators will teach you new techniques and encourage you to experiment.
You will develop excellent communication and collaboration skills through working on projects – both internally, within HCA’s dynamic creative community and externally, with employers and galleries.
We encourage group discussions and hold regular group feedback sessions so that students can encourage and support one another. One-on-one tutor time means you get the individual help you need with a variety of projects. You could be working on anything from surface pattern wallpaper designs, to interior fabrics for a driverless car of the future!
Studying Textiles at Hereford offers the workspaces, contact time and opportunities needed to make great work.
All students take Critical Studies, where you can gain fascinating insights into the subject you love. You will explore your specialism and the work of those you admire. We will help you to see your own practice in context with your peers and predecessors; leading to, not only a greater understanding the rich and varied practice of Textile Design, but who you want to be as a Textile Designer. The things you discover in Critical Studies will help you answer the question: where do I want to take my practice?
- Exceptional access to workshops across disciplines.
- A great level of individual support from tutors and technical demonstrators.
- Develop skills across multiple specialisms to boost your employability.
- Learn from a range of industry experts with our high-profile external practitioners.
- A pioneering new module exploring colour, material and finish, co-developed with the industry.
- Live briefs – giving you professional experience before your graduate.
- Explore a topical issue such as sustainability and the transformational potential of textiles in contemporary design.
You will work with an exciting team of external practitioners, currently featuring: material research consultant and founder of Ma-tt-er Studio, Seetal Solanki (now a fellow of the HCA); surface pattern designer , Ella Doran; a pioneer of ‘closed loop’ sustainable textile manufacturing, Kate Morris; creator and designer of cruelty free vegan knitwear brand CROP; and Beatrice Larkin – tipped as the ‘next big name’ in woven design.
Throughout the course, you will work on live briefs with the chance to have your work exhibited and sold locally, nationally and internationally at events such as trade fairs in Paris and New York.
Examples of recent live briefs have included: CMF Design for Envisage Group, a New York Selling Trip with Dash+Miller, and designing a collection of fabrics suitable for an Autonomous Drive Vehicle of the future for Uniroyal Global Limited.
We have superb Textile Design and 3D Workshops both on site at the College Road Campus and at our other Campus on Folly Lane. We have large scale printing tables where you can print in large scale, full repeat, dye facilities, heat presses, digital printing facilities, digital stitch, hand and digital looms, sewing machines, over-lockers, laser cutters, 3D printers, small metals, wood and plastic forming workshops, ceramics, glass and drawing studios.
Students also benefit from excellent IT facilities and support that provides industry standard software on both PC and MAC systems. This includes the complete Adobe suite of products, including Photoshop, illustrator and and more.
You will be well-placed to access employment opportunities in the dynamic textiles industry, including: designing for fashion, textiles and interior; applications in the automotive and aviation sector; becoming a stylist and/or trend forecaster; or related marketing, media and retail opportunities. You could also choose to continue studying at postgraduate level.
Some of the employers our alumni have worked for include:
- Mirjam Rouden
- Laura Ashley
- Roger Oates
- Dash & Miller
- Elspeth Gibson
- Envisage CMF Design
- Material Lab
- Minimum age 18.
- Successful portfolio interview.
- Academic achievement – we would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but, whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
- 80 UCAS Points on the New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 equates to 200 UCAS points on the previous points system – for more details please see tariff explanation and advice on the UCAS website.
- Applicants whose first language is not English – proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking) is required.
- Applications from mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.
- Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities – the college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience. Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.
- Alternatively, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can offer further advice on HCA and the UWTSD awarding body requirements.
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“My favourite thing about the Textile Design course is the opportunities that we get to experiment with various disciplines within the textiles industry, and not being confined to chasing a specialism early on. We also have amazing visiting lectures that come in regularly, and we get the opportunity to meet with them and have one to one tutorials with them.Read Megan's story3
"'Textiles' brings up so many images; many of us instantly think of a woman sat behind a sewing machine making curtains or clothing. However, for most of us that work as textile designers, this isn’t the case. In fact it is a satisfying and rewarding job to do, which requires a huge amount of handiwork, maths and a hint of physics." Seetal Solanki , founder of material research consultancy Ma-tt-er
Visiting lecturer and Honorary Fellow of HCA