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University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Surface Pattern Design (Maker)

UCAS Code: W790

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Production and manufacturing engineering

The Surface Pattern Design portfolio is all about a passion for the creation of exciting and innovative surface designs and structures. All Surface Pattern students share a fantastic studio space allowing a great platform for transferable influence and skill. We encourage a student’s individuality rather than enforce a house style. Drawing underpins our programme and is taught from the beginning to the end of the course. A rigorous and lively approach to design process is fostered. Live projects are built into the course, recent live projects have been undertaken with Toast, Tigerprint, M&S, Jayne Pierson, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Mission Gallery, National Museum of Wales portfolio and Creative Bubble. Employability and enterprise are important and distinct elements of the course. Surface Pattern Design is well staffed with highly experienced designers, artists and lecturers delivering a finely tuned programme that is highly relevant to current creative industry practices. The modules are practice based, with a strong emphasis on employability and enterprise. This echoes the ethos of our undergraduate programme perfectly. The Maker pathway meets the needs of students who wish to specialise as designer makers, making innovative pieces which would be suitable for a singular or multiple out come.

Modules

All assessment is based on 100% coursework. From day one students will be able to explore Surface Pattern through a variety of workshops, lectures and seminars gradually developing specialist skills within their chosen area of personal practice. Modules include: Major Project Digital and Material Processes; Visual Studies; Contextual Studies; Enterprise and Employability for Designers Visual studies; Advanced Creative Enquiry; Dissertation; Marketing & Self Promotion; and, Major Project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out through coursework, both written and practical. There are no exams on this course. Students are formatively assessed throughout a module, summative assessment takes place at the end of a module. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course which include amongst others;
Informal Tutorials
These tutorials are held on a regular basis, across all levels. In Year 1 each student sees and discusses his / her work with a member of staff at each studio session, likewise in Year 2. Third and fourth year students tend to work more independently and sign up for tutorial when she / he feels the need arises. However, as a team we ensure that every student in Year 3 is seen by at least one member of the academic staff each week. We pride ourselves on the fact that there is the opportunity to see staff as regularly as you may require.
Formal Tutorials
These are held twice a term at the student’s desk with two members of staff. The work is discussed, practical and conceptual development, future intentions of the student etc. It is an opportunity for any issues / concerns by either party, to be raised. A written account of the tutorial is duplicated, one copy kept by the student the other stored in his / her records file.
Group critiques
These are held on a regular basis, across all levels, with one member of staff. They provide an excellent opportunity for students to share and exchange ideas with their peers in a structured manner in addition to valuable input from staff.
Informal & Formal presentations
The nature of the presentations varies according to the level: in Year 1 informal presentations are introduced half way through the first semester in order to help students gain confidence in talking about their work to their peers and staff it is also usually part of the assessment at the end of each project. 2nd Year students are expected to give a Formal Presentation as part of their Professional Studies Module and at the end of the year as part of their Major project. In Year 3 a Formal Presentation is part of the final assessment at the Degree Show.
Exhibiting work
Again the nature of this varies within the context of the projects, the work to be assessed and the stage of the programme – it can range in formality from a public venue to the individual student’s desk space.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£10,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Dynevor, Swansea

Department:

School of Design and Applied Arts

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Production and manufacturing engineering

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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

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What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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