UWTSD Swansea College of Art students attend Graduate Symposium


University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea College of Art have hosted a series of Graduate Symposia. The Faculty of Art and Design invited former students who have gone on to have successful careers as textile and stationery designers to deliver a series of lectures and workshops in UWTSD’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media. 

Catrin with group of students

Students studying Surface Pattern Design were given advice on applying for graduate programmes and design jobs from graduates who have been employed by high-profile companies such as Marks and Spencer, Hallmark and Moonpig.  Programme Director Georgia McKie organised the lecture series. She said: “The students hear it really clearly when the advice comes from a recent graduate. They relate well to anecdotal experiences, it gives them more tools to go on to pursue a career in all areas of surface pattern design.” 

Charlotte Field was awarded BA Surface Pattern Design in 2013. Following graduation, she completed a Marks and Spencer Graduate Programme which saw her working in the team of print designers for the company’s many clothing and textiles range. She is now a Print Designer for London-based fashion company Nobody’s Child. She said: “The industry I work in isn’t necessarily visible but it’s a lot of fun so it’s nice to come back and hopefully inspire people. Everything that’s taught on the undergraduate course lays the foundation for the industry. You learn skills that you will use for the rest of your career.”

Alice Burke graduated in 2014 with a BA Surface Pattern Design and then spent a year working as an Artist in Residence in Swansea College of Art. She said: “The year I spent in Residency was really helpful because it gave me so much more practical experience of the industry I wanted to go into, it was a real boost to my CV.” She is now a Project Manager in the South Wales office of design company Tenn Ltd who count iconic heritage brand Hunter and high street giant Topman among their customers. She said: “The Graduate Symposium is a great opportunity for getting an understanding of what is out there and what opportunities are available for graduates.” 

Alice Burke looking at student designs

Georgina Angelone is a 3rd year BA Surface Pattern Design student who attended the Symposium. She said: “I always find these really helpful because it’s nice to hear what people have done after graduating. I came to university as a mature student and I’m really focussed on building a career after I graduate so it’s really inspiring to hear other people’s stories.” Hayley Norcliffe (MDes Surface Pattern Design) also attended the Symposium. She said: “It’s a great opportunity to hear what process graduates went through after university to find jobs. It’s given me ideas as to what I can do and what’s out there.”

The Faculty of Art and Design offer a range of Surface Pattern Design pathways including Textiles for Fashion, Textiles for Interiors, Maker and Fashion Object. Students are given access to a wide range of facilities which are available on site in Swansea College of Art’s Alex and Dynevor campuses including Mac suites, lasercutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroidererand water jet cutter. Facilities also include non-digital equipment for dyeing, screen printing, stitch and metalwork. Students also have access to their own personal studio space for all four years of the course which allows them the space to make the most of their time at University and develop skills that they will later use in the industry. Georgia McKie said: “All of the graduates who spoke are still highly creative in their employment, echoing the practices learnt on our programme. They are still challenged by the work that they do and they are still inspired to continue. It’s exactly what we hope for, for our graduates!” 

Fran talking to student

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