The Contemporary Design Crafts Textiles degree explores a combination of textiles, jewellery and ceramics & glass in the First Year, leading to a specialised focus in the textiles medium in their Second Year. This enables students 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. The emphasis is on questioning function and tradition to arrive at fresh, lively alternatives for a sophisticated market.
You will work with traditional techniques and integrate new technologies in large workshops, with expert technical support. Our students are using the latest digital textiles printing, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional well-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.
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.
The student experience is focused on developing the basic design ‘toolbox’ skills required by design crafts. Students will become familiar with design practices and processes including visual language, design and communication, materials, techniques, vision, function, construction, production, decision-making and challenges. Students will develop drawing, computer, workshop and presentation skills through focused project activity. A module in critical and cultural studies will enable the students to develop study skills and gain a broader knowledge of relevant cultural and historical matters. There are inductions to general health and safety issues in relation to best practice in a studio environment.
For applicants with international background/ qualifications: completion of full cycle secondary education and one pre-degree year of art and design study;
For applicants with Russian secondary school education: completion of Attestat o srednem (polnom) obshchem obrazovanii, and pass BHSAD Foundation Art and Design or UK foundation degree in Art and Design
Subject to portfolio interview
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS (academic) score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. The list of acceptable certificates includes IELTS, CAE, FCE and TOEFL, other types of qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Direct Applicants into Year 2 (Level 5):
In the case students seeking to transfer to the programme from another non BHSAD degree courses, applications will be looked at on a case by case basis.
You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.
Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:
A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.
Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.