Mixed Media Textiles and Visual Design

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An introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.

Mixed Media Textiles is studied within the Creative Arts programme, and is studied in combination with another subject. We encourage students who would like to have a broader experience of Textiles to apply for this course - you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Mixed Media Textiles and Art the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Mixed Media Textiles and Dance.

You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Mixed Media Textiles:

Mixed Media Textiles is an introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.

Why study Mixed Media Textiles?

Students are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth to prepare them for work as textile artists, designer makers or in the industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.

Course structure

In Year one the modules are workshop based and cover design and textile techniques, fibres, dyestuffs and drawing. You’ll also engage in visual research in support of your technical work, and you’ll understand the inter-dependence of practical, historical, theoretical and intellectual skills.

In the second year you’ll continue to develop specialist skills in textiles (printed, woven, knitted, and embroidered) combined with visual research to explore further possibilities. As the year progresses you are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth in an individual textile study programme.

Your final year allows you to develop your personal ideas and skills in order to prepare a final piece, textile collection and portfolio of work. The focus of the course is Mixed Media Textiles within a broader Art context and students are free to work across disciplines if they wish.

Modules

 Sample modules include:

  • Introduction to Mixed Media Textiles
  • Advanced Textile Workshops
  • Individual Study Programme (choosing from a combination of Printed, Knitted, Embroidered or Woven Textiles, you will work across the disciplines and cross the conventional boundaries of techniques and materials to create mixed media textiles that are innovative and original).

Course assessment

Entirely on coursework and exhibitions. This includes:

  • Projects
  • Workshops
  • Notebooks
  • Experimental work
  • Seminar presentations
 

 Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts, and you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve aesthetic, conceptual and design problems.

 

 

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars provide the context for individual studio and workshop practice. You are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

For more information please contact Susan Bradley on s.bradley@bathspa.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject

If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)

Art Foundation Diploma:  Merit

If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.

Career opportunities

The course will prepare you for work as textile artists, designer makers or to work within the textile industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.

    

What students say...

Graduate Profile: Nina Davis, graduated 2010

“Last year I exhibited my eco design work at Free Range Graduate show work, at New Designers and then at the Festival of Quilts (when I won the Student Graduate Bursary prize from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles). I then joined one of the UK’s leading girls independent boarding school as Artist in Residence, and worked with the students on several textiles and sculptural projects, culminating in my own solo exhibition. Needless to say I love my job! Since graduating I feel I have been tested in a manner of ways and am perpetually learning every single day.”

Sue Bradley, Course Leader:

My own specialism is within knitted textiles and I have had my own design label for more than 20 years. I find teaching at Bath Spa very inspiring and rewarding, the campus itself is beautiful and we have excellent workshop facilities and the most up to date equipment. It is very exciting for students to be studying across two subject areas and to be able to cross over ideas between the disciplines; this makes the course truly unique.

 

 

A course that will develop your visual and graphic design ability and skills.

Why study Graphic Arts?

This course will enable you to express and articulate your ideas and study interests through a confidence in design. You will experience publishing your work in a variety of media (print, web, lens-based) and develop specialist areas of knowledge and ability by the end of the course.

As part of the Creative Arts programme you will select another subject to study alongside Visual Design, and your other subject will no doubt have a strong influence on your choices within the course. Visual Design can complement other routes by giving you the techniques and abilities to confidently express and communicate your ideas in a visual context.

You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Visual Design:

Course structure

In Year 1 the subject starts with the basics of design related to typography, image and layout. You will be taken through design principles and become familiar with concepts to help you learn how to layout text and graphics with confidence and knowledge. You’ll be shown how to use industry standard layout software in readiness for creating printed publications, such as magazines and books.

By the middle of the first year you will be introduced to aspects of web design, including developing personalised blog sites. This will allow you to develop research skills and methods of gathering and interpreting information. Your online presence is also increasingly vital way of self-marketing and you will develop this over the period of the course. Online publishing is also a rapidly expanding area with the electronic book and website enabling people to self-publish to the world.

The first year ends with an introduction to creating printed publications, making you aware of how to create books and binding techniques (how books are physically put together). You will have gathered content from research to make a publication of your own.

Year 2 will allow you to study a subject area of your choice related to visual design, for example typography, publications, visual design, lens based media. An emphasis will be placed on design narratives and you will be guided through your projects. In addition you will study how graphic designers work and how theory influences contemporary design.

Year 3 expects you to contextualise your work with increased sophistication. You will have a knowledge of contemporary design and be able to apply it to your own study area with independence. Supported by regular tutorials you will develop a body of work, a portfolio in readiness for a professional career, or self-employment.

Optional professional studies based modules allow you to increase your awareness of professional practice and improve your chances of gaining the career you want upon graduation.

 This subject is part of the Creative Arts programme, so you will select another subject to study with Visual Design.

Course assessment

Continuous assessment (100% course work)

You will benefit from specialist resources to equip you for eventual employment in this fast-moving field.

 

Teaching methods

Lecturing staff have a detailed understanding of the industry, and there is a strong practical element to the course in areas such as  typography, publications, visual design and lens based media. There is also an important emphasis on the support of practice by theory.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

Course enquiries

For more information please contact Martin Thomas on m.thomas2@bathspa.ac.uk

Entry requirements

If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject

If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)

Art Foundation Diploma:  Merit

If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.

Career opportunities

Career areas directly related to Visual Design include graphic design, web design, art-worker, publishing, artist, book illustrator. However, combined with your other subject, a wider choice is available allowing you to uniquely position yourself within the jobs market, or develop a successful freelance or self-employed career.

 

% going on to work and/or study for courses in this subject area: 90%