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Surface Design with foundation year

BA (Hons)
Surface Design with foundation year


Year of entry: 2019 2020

UCAS Tariff: 48

Duration: 4 YRS (FT)

Institution code: G53

Location: Wrexham

This exciting degree in Surface Design will help you blend your illustrative style and flair for creative image-making with an understanding of materials and craft processes. The course covers the practical, professional and artistic sides of working as a surface designer. The programme will equip you for a successful career in the creative industries.


This programme recognises the role of the designer in establishing the qualities and aesthetics of the environments we build around us.  Whether we are walking down an urban street or sitting in our own home, we are surrounded by objects with a surface quality that has been determined by a designer.  Obvious applications of surface design can be seen in fabrics and furnishing within the home, sometimes decorative, other times utilitarian, but tiles and bricks, floors, walls, roads, signs, pathways, playgrounds and vehicles, all have surfaces too; (along with many other examples).  As a designer, you will be encouraged to design the surfaces of future possibilities – imagining how things can be designed with different surfaces and materials.


Part of the programme will allow for the traditional skills of visual communication and skills in material handling; part of the programme will address the design stages of development and how to imagine new surfaces in ways that can be shared and explored with other manufacturers.


To succeed on this programme you will need to be unafraid of creative risk and be prepared to work hard in realisation of a concept, as you develop designs, prototypes or maquettes that suggest what the future might look like.


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