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b1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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££9,000 p.a UK & EU
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DUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David
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hH18
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‘What’s really special about this course is the freedom to explore so many different mediums, say you had a particular interest in woodwork there would always be a way to tie that in to your work, you can really push the boundaries of what a ‘textile’ is, in fact this is encouraged! Having a tech dem on hand daily means if you want to find out about a new process or develop a new skill in an area you haven’t tried before you can. Before I came to HCA I really didn’t have much of an idea of what textiles was, but having had so much access to equipment and being immersed in the workshop, it’s now all I think about! This course is dynamic, challenging, current and most of all lots of fun!’

Charlotte Crossley, BA (Hons) Textile Design Student

John Sanders, BA (Hons) Textile Design Graduate talks about his experience at HCA:

Textile design is the visual communication of fabrics and materials, realised through tactile processes that are both ancient and futuristic.

Underpinned by an innate understanding of colour, pattern and texture, Textile Designers are at the forefront of change, supporting innovations in fibre, yarn and material to create sustainable design outcomes.

Textile design plays an important role in fashion and interiors but is also at the cutting edge of a wide range of other design solutions such as architecture, automotive and bio-materials.

With sustainability and emerging technologies at the heart of contemporary design thinking, it is an exciting time for our students as the role of textiles is re-imagined across many aspects of modern life.

Our course teaches innovative, creative design explored through a wide range of materials. We see ‘textile’ as far more than cloth; it can be paper, plastic, wood, metal, even organic matter. Through the design process, you will be encouraged to consider a wide range of issues such as sustainability, cultural narratives, and a growing desire for sensory experiences in an increasingly virtual world.

What we provide:

  • Exceptional access to workshops across disciplines.
  • A great level of individual support from tutors and technical demonstrators.
  • The opportunity to learn from a range of industry experts with our high-profile external partners and visiting speakers.
  • A pioneering new module exploring colour, material and finish, co-developed with the industry.
  • Live briefs – giving you professional experience before your graduate and developed alongside design studios and brand head offices both locally, and nationally.
  • The chance to have your work exhibited and sold across the globe at industry trade fairs such as Premier Vision in Paris and New York.
  • The opportunity to explore topical issue such as sustainability and the transformational potential of textiles in contemporary design.

Who we work with:

Ma-tt-er Studio: Seetal Solanki
Eve Campbell: Pioneer of ‘closed loop; sustainable textile manufacturing
Kate Morris: Creator & designer of cruelty free vegan knitwear brand CROP
Miles Johnson: Previous creative director of global fashion brand Patagonia

Career Options:

  • Freelance designer/maker
  • Interior designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Retail buying
  • Retail merchandising
  • Material research & development
  • Colourist
  • Garment technician
  • Product development
  • Gallery and museum curation
  • Trend & consumer forecasting/prediction
  • Set design
  • Fabric and or yarn development (working with spinning mills)
  • Transition to postgraduate education including MA or MSc

Many of our alumni go on to run successful freelance businesses, and others have gone on to work with employers such as: Mirjam Rouden, Laura Ashley, Lululemon, Roger Oates, Dash & Miller, Elspeth Gibson, Envisage CMF Design, Material Lab.

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
  • Lululemon
  • Roger Oates
  • Dash & Miller
  • Elspeth Gibson
  • Envisage CMF Design
  • Material Lab

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‘“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

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