Press Releases 2014-2015

H&M visit Swansea College of Art

07.12.2015

A team from the multinational retail clothing company H&M recently visited Swansea College of Art at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea.

The H&M team visited the Surface Pattern Design studios last week to interview students and graduates for internships and employment opportunities. The relationship between UWTSD and H&M began after the 2015 New Designers event. New Designers is an annual event that sees over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. Students get the chance to showcase their work to businesses, investors and recruiters. The show features everything from textiles and jewellery to product design and illustration.

Surface Pattern student, Daisy Jenkins, who recently returned from Stockholm where she undertook a  3 month placement with H&M, said:

"I heard about the internship from my Surface Pattern Design lecturer Georgia Mckie, I applied and then had a telephone interview. I found out that same day that I’d been successful in getting the internship. It was all so quick, I started 2 weeks later. I think this experience will definitely help me in the future; it’s been such an eye opener in to how the high street fashion world works.

“I came to Swansea College of Art thinking I wanted to design for interiors. Since being here I have really enjoyed the fashion side of the course and so I want to work as an in-house designer for a big company when I finish university, this was the perfect opportunity to gain experience.  I am currently in the third year of my course, having spent two months of this year in Stockholm I am now having to catch up but it was definitely worth it as I have learnt so much and have such a great experience I can put on my CV and use in the future.”

UWTSD Surface Pattern Graduate, Catrin Jones who won the New Designers Tigerprint Award was also among the graduates being interviewed by H&M.

Georgia Mckie, senior Surface Pattern Design lecturer at Swansea College of Art said:

“This was a unique opportunity for the Surface Pattern Design students and alumni – it’s not every day a recruitment team from one of Europe's most influential high street fashion stores asks if they can visit.  We welcomed H&M to our fantastic programme and shared with them the most recent developments fresh from the studio.”

The BA Surface Pattern programme offers 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.

The Surface Pattern programme sits in a cluster of courses within the School of Design and Applied Arts with many cross overs in terms of delivery mode, ethos and facility, benefitting students who can thrive on the collaborative, interdisciplinary study that is possible.

The Programme has an enviable range of digital equipment and facilities including luxurious computer suites, laser cutters and engravers, digital textile printers, a digital embroiderer and water jet cutter. The non-digital equipment is equally impressive with full facilities for dyeing, screen printing, stitch, metalwork and much more. In addition to this, students have their own personal space in a lively, light and airy studio accommodating all three years of the course.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014