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 support one another. One-on-one tutor time means you get the individual help you need with a variety of projects, where you could be making anything from surface pattern print wallpaper print designs to designing the 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 are as an 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; 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; as a stylist and/or trend forecaster as well as related marketing, media and retail opportunities. You would also be ideally situated 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
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