UWTSD Surface Pattern Design graduate and Rolls Royce intern’s success


Congratulations to UWTSD’s Rebecca Davies who has graduated with a Master of Design degree in Surface Pattern Design: Textiles for Fashion.

Rebecca is studying for an MDes degree in Surface Pattern Design, specialising in Textiles for Fashion.

Rebecca has a coveted paid internship with Rolls-Royce and is spending 12 months as part of the company’s exclusive design team, which is based between Goodwood and Munich.

The 24-year-old was offered the opportunity while studying for an MDes degree in Surface Pattern and Textiles Design, specialising in Textiles for Fashion, which is based at the University’s Swansea College of Art, Dynevor campus.

The internship offer came about after UWTSD’s Surface Pattern and Textiles programme met the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design team several years back when they were visiting the BA Automotive Design programme at UWTSD. They took a detour and visited the much-loved fifth floor studio in the heart of Swansea College of Art, Dynevor Campus. They were immediately impressed by the diversity of creative questioning and design application that they saw from the Surface Pattern students, and this led them to offer the internship opportunity.

To be offered the Rolls-Royce internship, Rebecca had to submit her portfolio and complete a design project. She was then chosen to attend an interview. While all the work from the university students that took part impressed the Rolls-Royce team, Rebecca stood out in the interview and was given the opportunity. She is delighted with how the internship is going so far.

Rebecca said: “This internship has been such an incredible experience, and one that I would never have thought to look for, for myself. Also, interning for such a high-end luxury brand was quite intimidating at first. But the bespoke design team are so genuine and welcoming, that it did not take long to feel settled. This experience has shown me just how diverse my learning has been on the Surface Pattern course, as I am being challenged to apply the skills that I have been taught in a whole new way.”

Georgia McKie, Programme Director said: “We have been privileged to be able to carry on working with Rebecca whilst she has been on Internship with Rolls Royce through the Live Brief that the brand set our Undergrads this year.  It was such a proud moment to see Rebecca as part of the visiting Rolls Royce team, sharing her experience with the current students.  She has always epitomised the attributes that we seek to instill in our students and graduates; generosity with her peers, thrives on collaboration, a natural mentor, pride in her learning and the continuing journey she is on, an advocate for the ethos of our programme and wonderfully creative."

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Rebecca Davies

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk