This very prestigious course produces some outstanding graduates who go on to exceptional international careers. Even while still at the College, many students regularly sell their work to textile and surface pattern design industries, and win some of the world’s most esteemed design awards. Students have won over 60 national and international design awards in the past three years. This course has an outstanding global reputation. We look for talented, hard-working people who will develop their own ‘handwriting’, both anticipating and setting future trends. In exchange we offer comprehensive tuition, experiences and opportunities. As a student, you’ll have the significant advantage of working in an exciting studio environment that houses all three year groups, in an open plan studio that supports and enables student designers to discover and express personal design solutions. By providing an intellectually challenging course of study, students can engage with the critical, practical and creative issues and debates surrounding the role of the Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Designer. We place major importance on drawing in its broadest contexts, through which you will translate your ideas into digital formats, wall-coverings, fashion fabrics, greetings and other materials. You’ll use cutting-edge computer suites plus professionally equipped workshops for dyeing, screen-printing, heat-transfer printing, digital printing and laser-cutting. The emphasis is on originality and innovation, and the highest standards of work and professionalism. We love creativity, critical thinking and design in all its guises, but equally we recognise the desire to make a living doing something so wonderful, which is why we place a strong value on offering real world experiences and employability. Whilst on the course, you will be given opportunities to sell your work at industry standard trade fairs. We have exhibited for many years at Indigo in Paris, a leading fashion fabric fair, and also at events such as MoOD (Belgium), Maison et Objet (France), Surtex (USA) and Heimtextil (Germany) for those specialising in interiors or surface products, as well as the New Designers exhibition in London, which offers an opportunity for our graduating students to present themselves and their work to a professional audience and to meet potential employers. Typically, first year students have a week-long study trip to Amsterdam or another cultural capital while second-year students have a choice of two visits linked to our trade fairs. We aim to help our students find an audience for their work in the outside world, whether that is in the design studio of a multinational manufacturer or setting up their own design practice; whether their passion is fashion or interiors; whether they wish to be designers, consultants or stylists or whether their market is high street, couture or gallery pieces. We encourage students to develop innovative thinking and engender flexible approaches to multidisciplinary personal working practice, fostering entrepreneurial and professional awareness. Given the diversity of experiences, employment and opportunities available within the discipline we encourage and offer a focus towards the specialism of interests themed around skills-focused strands commencing at the start of the second year.These strands are not exclusive choices, but rather provide the opportunity for you to invest more time in the areas that you have a real passion for. In order to help students familiarise themselves with the discipline as a whole, we commit the first year to developing the essential skills: technical, aesthetic and professional, that are features of the course from which you will be able to make an informed position as to your specialist interests in years two and three.