University of Bolton Textile Surface Design

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University of Bolton Textile Surface Design

The BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design covers surface design and textiles for fashion, interiors and contemporary design-led products. Based in the North West we are only a short train ride from the thriving Manchester city centre and as such we have many links with galleries, design companies, fabric archives and craft and design studios.

You will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with an impressive combination of traditional and digital processes for printing onto surfaces including papers, fabrics and ceramics. Digital technologies include the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and AVA CAD CAM. We also subscribe to the WGSN trend forecasting site so you will work with the latest reports and directions.

The course is hands-on, creative and thought provoking; you will be introduced to the varied working practices of studio designers in industry, contemporary textile artists and designer-makers.

Recent international visits include Première Vision in Paris, and the Printsource and Indigo trade fairs in New York, USA.

About the course

This creative and challenging programme covers design for a wide range of design and commercial contexts – from design for fashion fabrics and accessories, stationery products and packaging design, design for interior fabrics and wall coverings to contemporary gallery/design led pieces.

The course is taught by a team with extensive experience of selling and exhibiting textile/surface design work professionally, and brings together the University’s strengths in textile design, arts, research and development.

As Bolton can claim to be the birthplace of textile design and engineering, you will be studying at the historic home of textile manufacture and innovation in the UK. Creativity is supported and encouraged both by the team of tutors and external speakers and visitors.


Entry requirementsFrom September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including an arts based subject.