Surface Pattern Design Graduate Symposium


Surface Pattern Design at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Swansea College of Art, recently welcomed back some graduates to share their experiences with current students in  a Surface Pattern Design Graduate Symposium.

SPD Alumni

The Graduate Symposium aimed to make the future seem achievable rather than intimidating for current Surface Pattern Design students through enthusiastic and inspiring testimonials.

Georgia McKie, Programme Director at UWTSD said:

“We invited graduates doing interesting work rooted in the pathways of the Surface Pattern Design programme to come back and share their experiences from the outside world with our current students. This responds to lots of the feedback that we have had over the years from students saying how much they feel they benefit from the testimony of returning students and how inspiring it is.  

“The graduates were all so amazingly professional, open, generous, entertaining and charming.  It was amazing how much they have all done, we are exceptionally proud.”

The graduates taking part also gained from the experience as they took the opportunity to share experiences with their Surface Pattern Design alumni network.

Heather Fox, Monsoon Print Designer said:  “I left feeling completely inspired and that I connected with lots of amazing people.”

Graduates returning included –  

Heather Fox, graduate of 2014, currently Junior Print Designer at Monsoon, London.

Jenna Hions, graduate of 2009, Illustrator and Product Designer at Tigerprint (Hallmark for M&S), Bradford. 

Rosie Cook, graduate of 2013, who is a self-employed Designer Maker, who launched herself two years ago at One Year On.  She is based in Pembroke.   

Rebecca O'Grady, graduate of 2011, also a self-employed Designer Maker, who launched her range Righteous Raven last summer at One Year On.  She is based in Cardiff.

The Surface Pattern programmes offer students an exciting opportunity to study in a thriving Faculty of Art and Design. It is designed to meet the demands of both students and employers by providing an expansive approach to the study and practice of Surface Pattern Design. Live projects, exhibitions, visiting speakers, a highly experienced programme team and a rich curriculum ensure that the skills required for students to confidently target meaningful and inspirational career pathways are embedded.

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