Full-time: 13 months, Part-time: 25 months
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Students on this course cultivate an innovative view of surface design. They are challenged to ruthlessly explore pattern and decoration, reflecting on the social, cultural and aesthetic context for surface pattern design and textiles in the 21st century. New relationships like that of surfaces and light are being investigated, while new materials and technologies continually challenge designers to develop fresh ideas and methods. You can choose to focus purely on textile surfaces, the manipulation of fabric, exploration of tactile textile surfaces, embellishment, print and decoration. Students get to research and experiment with traditional techniques and new technology to create innovative textiles and surface pattern designs for a range of materials including ceramics, plastics, and paper. They use our cutting edge digital equipment to develop designs for wallpaper, tableware, floor coverings, interior products, stationary, giftware, garments and jewellery. We help our students find their own creative process and to develop their own direction and style which enables them to choose a rewarding career.
A recognised British honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed.
Informal enquiries are welcomed.
Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:
International Students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5.
All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible, will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work.
Semester 3 and 4
Semester 5 and 6
Design at UCLan has an established heritage and creative thinking is embedded into everything we do and everything we teach for design postgraduate students they express their mastery of this philosophy through their practice and research with the MA show as the hallmark of their excellence.
Surface pattern designers work with many different products, processes and materials. They may practice within conventional design studios in traditional industries as well as in the smaller creative industries. The student will be expected to develop a personal focus of research and design or craft practice, which should lead to a package of research activities (live projects, placements, competitions, attendance at exhibitions and trade fairs, etc.) appropriate to their field of study. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to pursue a critical enquiry alongside the physical development of work. They should move toward developing concepts and understanding context.
The core belief of the MA degree is that understanding for the Design Practitioner can only be achieved through doing, making and creating. Thus a central theme of the course is that of 'Reflective Practice' where academic and theoretical issues arise out of Practice itself and where the Practice is informed by the theoretical considerations. Students will be asked to keep a reflective journal to record their thoughts, ideas and discoveries.
The MA exists in the framework of the University modular scheme. The first step for every new student is a two to three week induction block in which the student's proposed area of study is discussed, negotiated and formulated with their supervisor into a learning agreement. Following this induction and diagnostic phase, students continue to develop their physical work in Design Practice 1. In Semester 2, they undertake Practice 2, which involves the opportunity for live projects and industry engagement. Running parallel with, and complementary to the practice modules, are Design Research modules, one studied in semester 1 and the other in Semester 2.
The course is concluded in Surface Pattern and Textiles Practice 3 module. In this module, students continue their investigation into a particular personal area of study, leading to a final assessment presentation or public body of work underpinned by a research poster that underpins and supports your creative work. Fundamental to the philosophy of the course is providing the opportunity for students to explore and realise their individual aspirations and potential, creating a framework for developing as skilled and informed professional practitioners.
I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to study for a Master's Degree. It was so enlightening; truly a life changing experience, which has given me the confidence to change my career path to where I aspired to be.
Shenna Swan, MA Surface Pattern graduate (2011)
The course culminates in a public exhibition of work at the MA Show held in October each year where students showcase their final body of work. The Private View is a celebration of graduate’s creative work, an opportunity to network with industry and to show off your achievements to friends and family.
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
Textile Design Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Graphic Design Postgraduate , MA/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Interior Design Postgraduate , MA, Full-time and Part-time
Fashion Design Postgraduate , MA/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time
Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies Postgraduate , MA/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Fashion and Lifestyle Promotion Postgraduate , MA/PGDip/PGCert, Full-time and Part-time
Ceramics Postgraduate , MA, Full-time and Part-time
Surface pattern and Textile designers work with many different products, processes and materials. They may practice within conventional design studios in traditional industries as well as in the smaller creative industries. The student will be expected to develop a personal focus of research and design or craft practice, which should lead to a package of research activities (live projects, placements, competitions, attendance at exhibitions and trade fairs, etc.) appropriate to their field of study. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to pursue a critical enquiry alongside the physical development of work. They should move toward developing concepts and understanding context.
During the course students engage with creative practitioners and designers in a range of ways, through the programme of visiting lectures, masterclasses, through live project briefs, and networking with practitioners appropriate to their interests and career ambitions. Students are presented with lots of different opportunities to engage in real world projects, from live projects with companies such as Standfast and Barracks, and Diva Designs, or to contribute to community projects/events such as the Festival of Making or the Super Slow Way Fabrications.
Fundamental to the philosophy of the course is providing the opportunity for students to explore and realise their individual aspirations and potential, creating a framework for developing as skilled and informed professional practitioners.
Practical work is carried out within our extensive and very well equipped studios and workshops.
A special feature of this course is the blend of practice and theory which underpins the student projects. As a student on a MA course in the School of Art, Design and Fashion you will belong to a postgraduate design community. You will study some modules alongside students from other design disciplines. Through participation in a common programme, you will experience a strong sense of community, sharing of knowledge and access to a wide range of staff skills and resources.
Practical and theoretical elements will be assessed both during and at the end of each module. Assessment strategies for the Practice modules will usually involve portfolio assessment, presentations, summaries of reflective journals and the learning agreement. There are intermediate exit awards at appropriate stages.
A programme of guest lecturers and visits to exhibitions, workshops, manufacturers, etc. further supports study. Students are given the opportunity to join educational visits abroad. Recent trips have included Granada in Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, Vienna and Austria.
Graduates go onto a range of jobs and careers. Some choose to set up their own businesses, such as Georgia Wilkinson who has her own brand of interior textiles and products. Other graduates go on to work in design studios for textile print, fashion print, wallpapers, floor coverings etc. or work as freelance designers or textiles artists with their own studios, running workshops and undertaking commissions. Some people go onto a career in teaching, lecturing or academia and it is possible to progress onto PhD or Professional Doctorate study after graduation from the MA course.
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