This course is aimed at ambitious individuals who wish to develop opportunities as designers, designer-makers or textile artists, within the professional industries and who may wish to set up on their own or with others in small teams.
The programme of study allows you to develop creative design practice and thinking in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills.
Career destinations are diverse and many alumni are successfully working for themselves.
Admission is normally based on a good undergraduate degree in a design or media discipline together with an interview. Applicants with a good honours degree in a related discipline and/or with relevant work experience will also be considered. To help applicants – especially those from overseas – to decide if this course is appropriate for them, it is advisable to contact the Course Director prior to application.
Research Methodologies: Part One introduces generic methodologies with Part Two considering subject specific data retrieval analysis and evaluation techniques.
The Development of Product, Market Research and Product Ideas: Developing ideas technically and aesthetically, in-depth investigation into techniques and researching the chosen market.
Marketing Skills: Marketing and Business skills – developing an understanding of marketing requirements for textile designers, makers and artists.
Product Sampling and Development and Research: Initial product sampling techniques and investigation. Developing and progressing ideas to enable the creation of new products. Range planning.
The main aim of the course is for students to identify their own employment opportunities. Other possibilities may include textile design, product or fashion design, retail or sales and marketing opportunities, teaching, trend prediction and promotion, or further research in industry or education, and exhibiting in galleries as a textile artist.
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