Textile and Surface Design


Surface print design encompasses the fashioning, decoration and embellishment of a wide variety of materials potentially suitable for use in the field of fashion and textiles, accessories, homewares and interiors.

The aim of this module is to give the Learner an understanding of surface design specifically as it applies to fashion and furnishing textiles. The module introduces the Learner to the processes and technical skills necessary to research, design fabric for fashion or interior context. Studio and workshop practice exposes the Learner to the methodologies and techniques relevant to the area. The process involves research, development and project resolution phase. The Learner develops a good understanding of current trends, colour awareness and contemporary design issues. This equips the Learner with the skills necessary to create their own capsule collection of designs and samples.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an ability to observe, gather visual information, reflect, and draw conclusions.

  2. Research and display an awareness and position in contemporary surface design practice.

  3. Demonstrate an ability to respond to a set brief by engagement in workshop process, in debate, in seminars, tutorials and critiques.

  4. Express an ability to think creatively and formulate from research gathered. Respond in a creative and personal way to a set brief, working with a level of autonomy.

  5. Demonstrate good workshop practice and an awareness of Health and Safety issues pertaining to textile print design practice.

  6. Achieve proficient technical standards from a range of specialist skills in surface design.

  7. Evaluate personal learning, process and creative outcomes and identify needs within a structured learning environment whilst developing awareness of individual strengths within a broader creative sphere.

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