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Find out more about the equipment available in the School of Design.

Chemistry Lab

Textile fabrics are composed of fibres, which in turn are constructed from the chemical building units or monomers. The nature of these chemicals influences the strength, moisture content, comfort, wettability, coloration, flammability, shape memory and so much more. In addition, the colorants and effect chemistries that can be applied to the fibres further control the mechanical properties, visual appearance and end-use performance of the final textile product. The School has invested in a range of chemical characterization techniques and application technologies that enable a full understanding of the fibre and its targeted modification. The lab equipment includes:  

Capillary Electrophoresis Analyser – separation system to characterize liquid mixtures

High Performance Liquid Chromatography Analyser – separation system to characterize liquid mixtures

Mass Spectrometer – linked to HPLC system to determine structure of the separated molecules

Thin Layer Chromatography Analyser linked to Mass Spectrometer

Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometer/“Nose” Analyser – characterization of gaseous fragrances and odours

Kruss Droplet Analyser – determines contact angle and surface energy of materials

Dimatix Materials Printer – innovative digital ink development printer

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer – characterization of organic and inorganic materials

UV/Visible Spectrophotometer – determines ultraviolet and visible absorption/transmission of materials

Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) – characterisation of thermal transitions in materials

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) – determining weight changes in materials during heating or cooling

Thermomechanical Analyser – determines changes in the mechanical properties of materials during heating/cooling

Wascator – laundering machine with standardised washing cycles

Accudry – tumble drier with controlled drying action

GyroWash – measures the colour fastness of textiles and leather to washing and dry-cleaning  


Materials Testing Lab

The quality of textiles, and materials in general, are gauged by their aesthetics, functionality and durability performance. The School has a modern and comprehensively equipped laboratory that can characterise the physical nature of textile fibres, yarns and fabrics and their associated physiological impact and tactile perception. The lab equipment includes:

Kawabata Evaluation System for Fabrics (KES-F) – measures the bending, shear, tensile, compression and surface properties of textile fabrics or paper using the forces a human hand applies in the evaluation of fabric handle. Objective measurement of fabric handle.

C-Therm Thermal Conductivity Analyser – measures cool/warm sensation in textile materials

Fabric Assurance through Simple Testing System (FAST) – measures key fabric mechanical properties to enable efficient conversion of fabric to garments

Martindale Flat Abrasion dry system – measures flat abrasion of textile fabrics

Martindale Flat Abrasion wet system – measures flat abrasion of wet textile fabrics

Accelerotor Abrasion System – measures the dry and wet abrasion of textile fabrics

Taber Abrasion System – measures the abrasion of coated or painted materials such as metals, leather or plastics

Tensile Tester (Fibre) – measures strength and mechanical deformation of fibres

Titan Tensile Tester (Fabric) – measures strength and mechanical deformation of textile apparel

Tensile Tester (Fabric) – measures strength and mechanical deformation of technical textiles

Diastron Tester – measures fibre diameter, strength and mechanical deformation of fibres

CrockMaster (Automated) – measures dry and wet rub fastness of dyed and printed fabrics

ProMace Snagging Tester – to test the snagging resistance of apparel and upholstery fabrics

ProView Universal Assessment Viewer – visual assessment system for grading pilling or snagging of textile fabrics

TruBurst Tester – determines bursting strength and fatigue tests suitable for knitted textiles, medical textiles, nonwovens, paper and plastics

ElmaTest Tester – digital Elmendorf tear tester for woven and nonwoven textiles as well as paper, plastic and other sheet materials

ThermaPlate Tester – measures the colour fastness to dry heat, sublimation and shrinkage of textiles and leather

Crease Recovery (British Standard) & Wrinkle Recovery Testers (AATCC Standard) – characterise the easy-care performance of textile fabrics

Orbitor & SnagPod Tester – measures the pilling and snagging of fabrics using different international standards  

Perspirometer – measures the colour fastness of textiles and leather to perspiration and yellowing

Spray Rating Tester – measures the water repellency of materials using a 'shower test'

Skin Analyser – measures skin hydration, trans-epidermal water loss, sebum, colour, gloss, friction and elasticity

Helmet Strength Tester – measures the impact resistance of protective helmets

Hydrostatic Head Tester – measures the water penetration resistance of textile fabrics

Moisture Vapour Permeability Dish Tester – measures the water permeability of textile fabrics

Moisture Management Tester (MMT) – measures the liquid management properties of performance and technical fabrics

Crumple Flex Tester – measures the flex abrasion of coated and laminated textiles

Tog Meter – measures the thermal resistance of textile materials such as blankets and duvets

Porosity Analyser – measures the air porosity of fabrics

Light Microscopes – a range of microscopes are available to visually characterise fibrous materials

Biaxial Tensile Tester – enables biaxial testing (tensile or compression combined with torsion) of materials, particularly high-performance technical fabrics

Drape Meter – Cusick drape instrument with image analysis software

Tautex Crimp Tester – measures yarn crimp

Friction/Peel Tester – measures static and kinetic coefficients of friction, as well as perform seal strength tests, 180°peel, 90°peel and T-peel tests

Sweating guarded hotplate (Skin Model) – measures thermal resistance and moisture permeability of textiles 

Verivide Viewing Cabinet – provides a range of standard lighting conditions in order to visually assess the colour and appearance of materials


Digital Printing Studio

Printing is a well-established technique for applying a design or text to textiles, paper, wallpaper and packaging. The School has a comprehensive digital facility that offers flexibility and innovation in the design process. Students and researchers can use modern commercial technologies that couple computer aided design with the application of imaginative print design and materials functionality. Digital print is not just about creating visually stunning imagery but is also capable of surface engineering functionality. Imagine if you could print an image of an orange, that looks like an orange, smells like an orange, and feels like an orange! Printing that challenges and embraces the senses. The studio equipment includes:

Mimaki UJF-3042FX UV LED Flatbed Printer – UV curing flatbed printer for 3D structuring on textiles, films, phone covers, pens and moulded materials

Mimaki TX2-1600 Digital Printer – printing of reactive dyes onto cotton fabric

Mimaki JV150A Digital Printer – printing of sublimation inks on full width transfer print paper

Transmatic 7360 Rotary Transfer Press – heated calender for sublimation printing onto full width fabrics

Hewlett Packard 260 Latex Printer – capable of printing latex-based colorants onto wide range of fabrics, films and paper 

Riso MZ770 Printer – Single colour printer for high quality, commercial grade printing on paper or card (1 Black and 4 Colour drums)

Adkins Hot Press – for transfer printing onto small fabrics/garments

Epson SC-F9300 Sublimation Ink Printer - printing of sublimation inks on full width transfer print paper

Epson SC-F2000 DTG Pigment Printerrapid digital printing of designs onto garments

Laser Cutters – for engraving or cutting of paper, film, wood or textiles

Book Binding Machines – to allow students and staff to prepare professional-quality “hard” copy documents and presentations


Psychophysics Lab

Colour is everywhere. It enriches our visible world and enhances our written word. Colour impacts on our health, appearance, consumer behaviour and the functionality and aesthetics of materials. Therefore, it is vital we can objectively measure its nature and characterize how we perceive it. In understanding we can better design and manufacture. The School has four labs that encompass the whole spectrum of Colour Science, psychology and application. We have a strategic partnership with Verivide, who are a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of specialist lighting and imaging equipment for fast and accurate assessment of colour and appearance.

The lab equipment includes:  

Verivide DigiEye Systems – measures colour and appearance of textiles, food and teeth (small sample analysis)

Verivide DigiEye System – measures colour and facial appearance capture (large sample analysis)

Spectrophotometers – instruments (with associated software) to measure spectral reflectance factors of objects (Minolta CM3600d, Datacolor SF600 and GretagMacbeth SpectroScan) and spectral transmission of transparent or translucent materials (Macbeth CE7000a)

Gonio-spectrophotometers – for determining the change in spectral reflectance according to different viewing angles (Datacolor FX10 and Macbeth CE741GL)

Handheld Reflectance Spectrophotometers – portable instruments to measure spectral reflectance factors of objects (Minolta CM2600d/CM2600)

Tele-Spectroradiometer – to measure spectral radiance of emissive or illuminated objects (Minolta CS-1000a/CS-2000 and Bentham M300)

Colour Vision Tests – to assess whether people have colour-vision deficiencies (Ishihara Tests for Colour Blindness and City University Colour Vision Test) and to quantify visual performance (Farnsworth-Munsell 100-hue and Farnsworth D-15 tests) or colour matching (Tarrant visual colorimeter)

Cameras – consumer-grade digital cameras (Nikon D90)

High Quality Computer Displays – high-end displays with excellent colour and spatial qualities that can be used in psychophysical experiments (HP Dreamcolour, BenQ)

Colour Calibration Tools – various equipment to calibrate and characterise computer displays to give high colour fidelity (X-rite i1 Display Pro, X-rite colour passport, ColorMunki, Macbeth ColorChecker, Macbeth ColorCheckerDC)

X-Rite Total Appearance Capture (TAC) System – enables accurate digital material capture and innovative image manipulation and 3D presentation. The system integrates with our CAD/CAM garment manufacturing software so that 3D concepts developed on a virtual mannequin can be transported into the TAC system so allowing for a 360° understanding of the product design


Lighting Lab

Our perception of the world about us is shaped by the light that surrounds the object in view. If you look at an object in red light it will look totally different to if it was immersed in natural daylight. Why is this important? Modern LED lighting allows us to control the spectral profile of the light emission and its intensity, which in turn gives us the opportunity to optimize the lit environment. For example, what is the best gallery lighting to show a Monet painting? Is it the same as the best lighting for a Rembrandt painting? Similarly, in a retail store or online the perceived colour of the object presented can influence whether we buy or not. To further enhance our understanding of the visual perception we couple the colour/light immersion environment with eye-tracking and physiological analysis and so fully characterize consumer response and behaviour.

The lab equipment includes:  

Room LED lighting system – a system to illuminate a whole room with spectrally controlled lighting using LEDs (Thouslight)

EEG System – electroencephalographic recording system that measures electrical activity in the brain using scalp recordings

Tobii Eye Tracking – records eye movements of participants when they are looking at images on a computer display or in-store retailing environment

Physiological Measurements – measures various physiological functions such as blood pressure (Omron arm band) and blood oxygen content (Oximeter fingertip pulse device)

3D Imaging system  3dMDtrio photogrammetric 3D System for 3D image capture for large objects, such as facial capture, using laser technology

HP 3D scanner – for 3D image capture for small objects using structured light technology

Multi-ink Printer – Canon image PROGRAF iPF5100


3D Weaving Innovation Centre, Knit and Yarn Spinning Lab

Textiles fabrics are traditionally woven or knitted from yarn. The yarn is intermediate between the fibre and the fabric and in many respects shapes the final product in terms of performance and visual appearance. Accordingly, the School has recently invested in the latest lab-scale fibre to yarn conversion equipment that places it at the forefront of UK yarn spinning and engineering. Similarly, the School has also recently established the 3D Weaving Innovation Centre which offers state of the art 3D weaving design, training and manufacturing for apparel and technical textiles. The “last pillar” in the production facility is our range of Shima knitting technologies that enable the full gamut of sophisticated knitting structures and garments to be manufactured. The lab equipment includes:  

Mageba Multi-Shuttle Weaving Machine partnered with Staubli UNIVAL 100 Jacquard Harness – innovative 2D-to-3D surface and shaped preforms seamlessly woven using the latest 3D composite weaving EAT software 

ARM Touch 60 Handloom – 24 shaft handlooms with integral CAD and compatible with other in-house software systems (x3)

TC2: Thread Controller Digital-Manual Jacquard – a hand-operated electronic weaving machine with bespoke jacquard modular harness configuration for technical complex 2D on-loom to 3D off-loom woven forms

Dornier Dobby Weaving Machine – innovative 2D and 2D-to-3D surface and shaped preforms woven utilising flexible drafting of warp ends over 16 shafts.  Industrial production capabilities for commercial research-product collaborations

Weaving Ancillaries – electronic sample warping machine for varying warp beam widths; small-scale creel let-off for greater individual warp control compatible with all weaving machines

Shima Seiki Mach 2S Knitting Machine – manufactures whole garments which are seamless and incorporate pockets, buttonholes and other apparel features. CAD supported design & manufacture

Shima Seiki Knitting Machine – flatbed machine manufacturing innovative fabrics. CAD supported design & manufacture

Shima Seiki APEX 3 – Knit specific software that can be used to programme the Shima Seiki knitting machines or produce virtual fabrics and garments

Dubied Knitting Machines – Ten hand knitting machines in a range of gauges from 2.5gg to 12gg

Silver Reed Knitting Machines – Six single bed knitting machines used for fabric development

Baby Lock Embellisher – allows the application of non-woven embellishment to knitted and woven fabrics or produces a non-woven “seam”

Bernina Sewing Machine – Five free embroidery sewing machines

Bernina CAD Embroidery Machine – Programmable to own designs

The Yarn Spinning Line can produce wound packages from small quantities of short and long staple fibres of natural, regenerated and synthetic origin. This includes vertical integration of the facility with fibre spinning equipment and/or fabric manufacturing.

Laboratory Carding machine (Mesdan) – processes staple fibres into webs and slivers

Laboratory Drawing/Roving Machine (Mesdan) – converts carded sliver into drawn sliver and subsequently into roving

Laboratory Ring Spinning Machine (Mesdan) – six spindle system capable of processing staple fibres and producing blended yarns with variable twist. The maximum spindle speed is 25,000 rpm and yarn count range is from Ne 8 up to Ne 80. The machine can also produce core-spun yarns (such as stretchable yarns, conductive yarns)

Yarn Twisting Machine (DirectTwist, Agteks) – The twisting machine can produce wound cones from spun bobbins and can also produce plied and cabled yarns with a range of yarn structural arrangements


Fibre Spinning and Web Manufacture

Fibrous materials are widely used in many applications, such as apparel, protective wear, filter media and healthcare materials. The fibres are either natural, such as cotton, silk and wool, or manmade like polyester, nylon, viscose, lyocell. A key physical feature of these fibres is their diameter which can range from 15-40 microns for wool, to less than 7 microns for microfibres and further down to sub-micron for nanofibres. In recognizing the importance of fibres as the base material in all textiles the School has facilities that allow the production and processing of both synthetic and natural fibres in order to support our fashion and healthcare research. Our positioning of the nanofibre research facilities next to the Art & Design Studio and Fashion Design Studio reflects the unique diversity and multi-disciplinary approach we take to teaching and research. The lab equipment includes:  

El Marco Electrospinner – produces uniform, homogeneous nanofibre mats which can be used in filter media and biomaterial-based healthcare products

Fiberio Centrifugal Force Spinner – produces nanofibre webs by melt or solution spinning which can be used as filter media and absorbents

BiAx Fiberfilm Meltblown System – produces nonwoven webs used filter media, sorbents, disposable healthcare clothing and insulation  

Kruss Force Tensiometer – measures fibre wettability, contact angle and surface energy

Ultramicrotome – for cutting sections for microscopic analyses

Wipe Tester and Analyser – used for accurate and reproducible wiping of hard surfaces and determining deposition

ProGage Thickness Tester – measures the thickness of fabrics

Porolux 100 Porometer – measures fabric/web pore size distribution by capillary flow porometry

Light Microscopes – optical characterization of fibre surface and internal structures  


Mac Suite

Students gain knowledge and understanding through the taught components of our degree programmes. However, while theory is vital it must be balanced with practical experience and a recognition that in the “real world” university skills need to be professionally applied. The School hosts two computer clusters but the “work horse” facility for the graphic designers is the Mac Suite. The industrial standard for commercial designers is currently Mac technology which provides a powerful and flexible CAD platform for creative innovation. Our 42 Apple iMacs are regularly upgraded to ensure they capable of operating the latest creative software (Adobe CC, Cinema 4d, Video editing etc), and ensure our graduates have learnt on the relevant commercial technology. Coupled to the Mac Suite is our PC Cluster which is a dedicated School facility that has 70 high-end PCs that are similarly equipped with software such as Adobe CC, Lectra CAD, AVA CADCAM, Scotweave etc. This “commercial immersion” is an important aspect of our preparing graduates for the wider world.


Wet and Dry Processing Lab

The global textile manufacturing sector is diverse, producing clothing, technical textiles and fibres/fabrics that are the platform materials in healthcare, gas catalysis, effluent management, sportswear, space travel and personal protection. In addition to the traditional weaving, knitting, yarn spinning and nonwovens production processes the industry also uses a broad range of wet and dry processes that add value to the final product. This facility houses a broad range of machinery and techniques that are vital to the production, performance characterization and adding value to textiles. The lab is extensively used for research and teaching and the lab equipment includes:  

Unilever Laundry Facility – laundering machines and tumble dryers for the development of innovative laundry processing. (Part of the Unilever Strategic Investment Partnership)

Mathis Labomat Dyeing Machine – small sample dyeing machine (x2)

Roaches Garment Dyeing Machine – short length and garment dyeing machine

Mathis Lab Jet Dyeing Machine – small scale jet dyer for dyeing fabric

Mathis Mini-Jig Dyeing Machine – small scale jig dyer for dyeing fabric with low water usage

Mathis Baker Steamer – baker and steamer capable of drying, curing and steaming for dye and effect chemical fixation

Mathis Padder – controlled applicator of wet chemicals or dyes to fabrics

Mathis Air Boy Dyeing Machine – small scale dyeing machine

Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Extractor – dry, solventless extraction system for removal of valuable materials from natural and synthetic materials

Super Critical Carbon Dioxide Dyeing Machine – dry, waterless dyeing machine enabling coloration with lower environmental impact

Coatema Coater and Lamination Machine – applies aqueous and solvent-based polymer coatings and preformed laminate films to textile fabrics

Gyrowash – for determining microfibre shedding from textile fabrics during aqueous processing

TruFade Tester – xenon arc light fastness instrument to test the colour fastness to light of textiles, leather and other materials

Atlas Weatherometer – high intensity xenon arc light fastness instrument to test the colour fastness and light degradation of textiles, leather, automotive components, plastics and other materials

Atmospheric Plasma Machine – enables surface engineering of material surfaces to impart liquid repellency, wettability, flame retardancy, lubricity and biocompatibility

Limiting Oxygen Index Analyser – measures the minimum atmospheric oxygen level to sustain a burning textile fabric

M/K Paper Sheet Former – lab-scale paper making machine capable of processing short fibres not useable in textile manufacture

Capillary Rheometer – measures the viscosity of polymeric materials.

Polymer Compounder (ThermoElectron) – mixes pigments or effect additives into polymer chip prior to extrusion.

Fibre Melt Spinner (Rondol) – melts polymer chip and extrudes the molten polymer through a spinneret into filament

Filament Drawing Machine – controlled stretching/drawing of filament yarns for improving filament strength and stability

Wet Spinning Line (Dienes) – pilot scale line which can extrudes the polymer dope into a coagulation bath to form mono- and multi-filament wound packages

Hydraulic Press – compresses polymer into film or can be used for compression moulding of textile reinforced composites


Grass Studio

Like the Student Common room, the Grass Studio looks to encourage creative thinking through its amazing natural lighting and the backdrop of St George’s Fields. In recognizing the beauty of Nature and its ability to inspire designers and artists through the ages, we have extended the “green” space into the School. This is one of the favourite teaching and seminar spaces in the University and creates a unique environment to discuss, debate and appreciate. Perhaps unsurprisingly when we were looking for space to store student work it seemed only natural and sensible to have a garden shed in the Grass Studio! 


Common Room/Student Work Area

We are the School of Design! The architecture of the School is unique, and in a sense visual art that should have a distinct “voice”.  Our internal spaces look to be interesting and different. To inspire and encourage creativity. Kick out the bland!

All our communal spaces are designed with student involvement to ensure that they are useful, used and enjoyed. Your time as a student in the School should be enjoyable, educational, successful and full of fond memories. Therefore, we want you to become part of the School design, to be involved and to leave your “footprint” in the School’s history!


Fashion Studio

The design of cothing is vital to its commercial success. However, this success is not just down to the colour and print design but also to the fabric and garment construction. By coupling that appreciation of the historical and modern fashion design with the necessary skills in garment manufacture, functionality and creativity we instill a materials creativity that encompasses not only mainstream apparel but also extends to performance wear and industrial materials. Coupled to this individual design is the understanding that the modern garment manufacturing industry uses CAD/CAM software to enable fashion product development from sketch, through pattern cutting to manufacture considerations such as marker making, layplans and grading. Our 3D software enables the CAD designer to consider the aesthetics of the proposed design, fit and appearance prior to manufacture – cutting out many stages of sampling, saving on time, fabric and associated costs. This software not only guides design students but also benefits fashion marketing and retailing students who can better appreciate the commercial constraints on product development, manufacture and production processes. 

The Fashion Design studio facilities include the following industrial equipment and machinery:

Industrial flatbed lockstitch machines (x28) – sews pieces of cloth together to form a seam, most often used with woven fabric

Overlock machines (x4) – binds two pieces of fabric together using chainstitch, trimming excess fabric as stitching takes place, e.g., knitted cuffs. Most widely used stitch formations for “neatening” continuous seaming applications

Sonic bonding machine – continuous bonding or slitting for textiles and nonwovens; punching; plunge bonding; and hook and loop (Velcro) bonding

Tape seal machine – sew-free bonding of hems or edges

Buttonhole machines (x2) – forms buttonholes

Coverstitch machine – produces a cover stitch that reduces seam impression. Used for foundation wear, underwear, sportswear etc

Cylinder bed machine – for stitching small curved areas, such as attaching sleeves

Embroidery machine – programmable and computerised embroidery

Vacuum ironing table and steam boiler (x6) – pressES fabrics and garments using steam and vacuum

Headdress – head former for design and development of headwear

Men’s mannequins (x25) – male forms of various sizes to use for garment development

Women’s mannequins (x25) – female forms of various sizes to use for garment development


The Lectra CAD/CAM suite incorporates the following equipment and modules:

Kaledo –  enables industry standard, accurate, specification drawings, design for realistic simulations of printed, woven and knit textiles, and pantone palette for textile and color specifications

Modaris –  pattern making module (2D), grading, marker marking and fabric consumption efficiencies 

Modaris 3D – enables virtual stitch and 3D design

Digitizer – to digitise paper pattern pieces into the computer and upload into the Lectra software


Art and Design Studios

The Art and Design Studios provide a flexible range of spaces to enable the development and consolidation of creative practice. The 3D studio area focuses on 3D construction and is positioned near the School workshops so enabling easy physical access to workshop facilities during the fabrication process. The 3D studio is an open plan space, with excellent lighting, and can be easily adjusted to accommodate various modes of Art and Design practice. The 2D studio is also adaptable in terms of use of space, but has screens to allow students wall space to fix or hang 2D work. The 2D studio has traditional high “mill” roof windows with excellent natural lighting which creates a spacious feel and unique environment. Both studio areas allow easy access when transporting large scale works and materials in and out of the building for exhibiting and showcasing of work.  

The Workshop

The Workshop supports the whole of the School and is heavily used by the Art & Design, Graphics and Fashion students. We have a range of facilities and tools which broadly can be divided into four areas - Casting, woodwork, metalwork and 3D Printing. The workshop equipment includes:  

Casting area – includes model-making, plaster, concrete, wax melting pot, Jesmonite, clay-modelling

Woodwork workshop – includes a communal woodwork table orbital sander, belt sander, bandsaw, large table saw, pillar drill, large crosscut saw, mitre saw and scroll saw. In addition, we also have a wide selection of hand tools and power tools that include drills, sanders, jigsaws, planers, dovetail jig, router, saws, screwdrivers, nail gun/stapler and a lot more besides!

Metal workshop – fully equipped metalwork activity including metal guillotine, sheet metal roller, TIG welder, MIG welder, stick welder, plasma cutter, polisher, angle grinder and chop saw

3D printing – offer a range of 3D printers such as the Ultimaker Extended 2+, Ultimaker Extended 3, Formlabs Form 2 resin printers and a Builder 3D Extream 1500 Pro. The printers are supported by Autodesk CAD fusion 360 software

Associated facilities – Vacuum former and a CNC Denford Router


Printmaking Studio

The printmaking studio vitally links the School’s diverse pathways and offers students and researchers possibilities to explore a range of printing methods from traditional printing to crossover techniques. It meets the ambitions of students from a wide range of creative backgrounds, including art & design, graphic and communication, fashion, textile, fashion marketing and technology. The printmaking facilities offer mechanical and chemical traditional printing methods: such as dry-point, linocut, etching (hard and soft ground), aquatint as well as ​​ photoetching and screen-printing. The lab is extensively used for research projects and teaching and the lab equipment includes:  

Rochat floor standing etching press – hand operated press used for all intaglio processes and monotype

Penrose tabletop etching press – smaller hand operated press used for all intaglio processes, monotype and pronto plate lithography

Mailander proofing press – used for Lino, woodblock and light embossing

Rochat hot plate (x2) –​ thermostatically controlled hot plates used to heat etch plates prior to being coated with wax ground before acid etching

Kippax hand screen printing table – ​hand operated table for printing coated screens and paper stencils

Kippax UV light exposure unit – ​for exposing film positive images to create screen stencils for screen printing. Also used for exposing UV light to create solar plates for photoetching

Kippax horizontal drying cabinet –​ thermostatically controlled cabinet for drying and storing pre-exposed silk screen frames

Kippax washout booths (x2) – used for washing out UV light exposed silk screen frames before and after printing

Large drying rack – used for drying and storing finished prints

Mathis Screen printer – used for accurate and reproducible application of print designs


Photography Studio

“A picture is worth a thousand words”.

The fashion, graphics and digital design industry live by this vision. Therefore, our photography studio provides the latest facilities and expert advice enabling students to digitally capture the essence and aesthetics of their work. This creative imagery and product design can be incorporated into portfolios and product briefs and showcase the designer’s ideas in a professional framework. We are in the process of extending the Photography Studio and establishing a Film Studio to extend the capability and ambition of the students.

The Photography Studio is used by students at all degree levels from level one undergraduates through to PhD students and research staff. The breadth of digital photography encompasses documenting packaging or book designs through to promotion of fashion collections. The studio equipment includes full frame SLR cameras, a wide variety of lenses as well as a range of lightning equipment, colorama backdrops, still life tables and animation/repro tools. In addition, the facility has a Phantom Flex4K digital cinema camera which can record up to 1,000 fps at 4K resolution providing exceptional image quality and offers production-friendly features like auxiliary power outputs and full-featured on-camera control interface.