Surface Pattern Design Case Studies

The Surface Pattern Design programme is structured to enable our learners to graduate and continue working in the field they have developed a particular specialism for - with a heightened creativity and an ability to identify and capitalise on opportunity.

This is done through a finely tuned programme, balancing creative vision and externality, where specific skills required in the practicing field are identified and developed. Practical projects are contextualised from the onset and the theory programme reinforces this. Live projects are peppered throughout the 4 years. 

Recently students have enjoyed a substantial live project with H&M design headquarters in Stockholm.

Students also have the opportunity at the end of their course to exhibit at New Designers in London. 

Graduates go on to a variety of employment including working with the following Monsoon, Accessorize, Marks and Spencer, Toast, John Lewis, Hallmark, Tigerprint, Donna Wilson and Jimmy Choo.

Ciara Long - Stationery Designer at Monsoon Accessorize

Ciara Long work

Ciara has said that one of the most influential features of her student experience was the significant access to and impact of live briefs.  A pivotal moment in her development as a designer came when she was selected as one of the winners in the Tigerprint live project in her 3rd year. 

The placement that she undertook between the 3rd and 4th year cemented her connection to stationery design and allowed her to focus on this as she moved towards graduating.

Since then, and after exhibiting at New Designers, where she made quite an impact with her work, she has had an intense and highly successful foray into freelancing for a multitude of international stationery companies including Moonpig, Lemon Ribbon, Hallmark, Tesco and Clinton Cards(USA).  

After a year of building a diverse and professional portfolio, experiencing many differing scenarios that self-employment and enterprise can offer, Ciara has recently secured a permanent and full time position as Stationery Designer at Monsoon Accessorize.  There she joins several other Surface Pattern graduates who work in print design for both the Monsoon and Accessorize brands. 

Rosie Cook - Textile Designer for H&M

Rosie Cook work

Rosie now lives in Stockholm working as a Textile Designer for H&M and has a new collection launching with this year.

Rosie has exhibited at a number of high profile national exhibitions including Interiors UK and New Designers One Year On.  She has gained freelance work and launched her printed designs under her own named scarf collection and through Printed and Co in the last year.  

Rosie’s colourful and playful style developed in her third year at University through her love of painting, collage and pattern.  She continues to be inspired by travel, landscapes and the familiar coastline of Pembrokeshire.

“Many of my achievements have stemmed from entering design competitions that made up part of the final major project. Everything I learned at Swansea has been useful in all sorts of ways from putting together a great portfolio to working on live design briefs”