University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Textiles)

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Textiles)

This degree involves a practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. In the First Year you’ll learn approaches to designing and making across a range of 2D and 3D media. Then, in the Second Year, you’ll focus your interests in order to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace.

The final year results in a production of richly diverse range of artifacts - such as experimental clothing and accessories, objects and surfaces for interiors, site-specific pieces and conceptual works for exhibition or commission. 

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
104-112BCC-BBC Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or DesignMMM-DMM

IB requirement: 104-112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above, to include Visual Arts at SL or HL (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL,  SL and Core).

Access course: Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at merit.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study

With a focus on fresh ideas, using materials and techniques in inventive ways and understanding contemporary markets, this course helps you reach a professional level.

Our graduates have gone on to teach, curate, set up their own businesses and even showcase their work at the Royal Academy, the London Art Fair, Liberty London and through the Craft Council’s Hothouse Makers programme.

Course Details

The course combines studio projects and practical workshop based sessions, where ideas and making are integrated. Students have a base studio, where design development, group tutorials, crits and presentations take place. Modules combine lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutorials, and encourage a high level of debate and interaction. Students are encouraged to see their learning as an interactive experience, in which they play an active part, so that they emerge as resourceful and independent professionals, committed to pursuing their ambitions beyond graduation. The degree is staffed by practicing professionals, and Visiting Lecturers who regularly contribute specialist expertise.

You will work with traditional techniques and integrate new technologies in large workshops, with expert technical support. The workshops are the focus of the student experience our students are using the latest laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional equipped workshop to develop their practice. 

A particular feature of the course is its practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. This awareness and sensibility is also developed through progressive studio projects, providing an initial framework for individual research and creative interpretation, which eventually allows you to focus your interests and establish your unique identity. 

Year 1

Introduction to core design skills
Introduction to design principles
Professional design studio (1)
Design theory (l4)

Year 2

Core design skills (2)
Professional design studio (2)
Design theory (l5)
Design principles (text)

Optional modules
Year abroad
Professional work experience 30: design

Year 3

Sandwich year (creative arts)
Professional design studio (3)
Major degree project (text)
The degree essay (l6)
Year abroad

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