This is a very well-resourced program with workshop facilities that include: traditional handlooms (available per student), computer-driven looms, rug-tufting, domestic and industrial knit machines, a dye lab, laser cutting, laser welding and ultrasonic joining; alongside standard printing, embellishing and stitching equipment. A wide range of commercial design software is used on both Mac and PC platforms. We also offer a high level of tutor expertise in knitted garment design and product construction for those that aspire to turn their textiles into fully realised end products.
Projects across the first and second year of study span interior, fashion and applied art outcomes. National and international competition and live project briefs are a vital component of the course giving real professional and entrepreneurial experience, as well as the opportunity to win prizes, exhibition opportunities and work placements. The final year of study is entirely self-directed with weekly tutorial sessions, allowing students to create a personal body of work which demonstrates individuality, innovation and flair. The course prides itself on not having an ‘in-house style’: all students are treated as individuals and encouraged to create work that is reflective of their unique interests and aspirations. Students have dedicated work spaces within a well-equipped, light and airy studio. Class sizes are small allowing for a high level of tutor interaction and easy access to resources.
We aim to help students realise their full potential within a supportive, friendly, nurturing and creative working environment.