University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Surface Pattern and Textiles

Students on this programme cultivate an innovative view of surface design. They are challenged to ruthlessly explore pattern and decoration, reflecting on the social, cultural and aesthetic context for surface pattern design in the 21st Century. New relationships like that of surfaces and light are being investigated, while new materials and technologies continually challenge designers to develop fresh ideas and methods. Students get to research and experiment with lots of materials and new technology to decorate ceramics, plastics, cloth, glass, wood, metal and paper. They use our cutting-edge digital equipment to develop designs for wallpaper, tableware, floor coverings, interior products, garments and jewellery. We help our students find their own creative process and to develop their own direction and style which enables them to choose a rewarding career.

Entry requirements

A recognised British Honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Informal enquiries are welcomed. Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following: Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university; a high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere, e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country. International students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5. All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible, will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work.

Course modules

Semester 1: Surface pattern practice 1; research for creative design; practice 1. Semester 2: Advanced practice 2; research for creative design; practice 2. Semester 3: Surface pattern practice 3; postgraduate project/dissertation.

Assessment methods

Practical and theoretical elements will be assessed both during and at the end of each module. Assessment strategies for the practice modules will usually involve portfolio assessment, presentations, summaries of reflective journals and the learning agreement. There are intermediate exit awards at appropriate stages.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 525 per Single module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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