BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass
To be held at Prestigious Textiles on Thursday 16th November 2017
The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) will be delivering an inspiring educational masterclass to Textiles and Surface Design students and new graduates with the help of the design team at Prestigious Textiles.
Aiming to advise the next generation of textile designers on how to stand out from the crowd in the Textile Design Industry; the event on Thursday 16th November 2017 will be offering invaluable advice on the importance of work experience, what makes a great portfolio & CV and how to prepare for career interviews.
With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Diane Harding (Marketing Director of BITA and Managing Director of Norfolk House Consultants) will give insight into her career highlights including how she built her own business, winning several awards on the way, including COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S – ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ in 1994.
“Educating new designers on the process needed to get the job of their dreams, is something I feel passionately about. In the same position myself all those years ago, I really wanted to impart my industry knowledge and experience gained onto the next generation of skilled and ambitious designers.” Diane Harding
In addition – the design team at Prestigious Textiles will explain to new Textile design graduates and students how they create award winning collections and what they look for when recruiting new designers to join their team.
The event also includes mock interviews which allow new designers to gain feedback on their own trend research and portfolios. A great way to learn first hand how to present themselves and their work to potential employers.
Last year BITA ran the same event at Bolton University and intends to take the Masterclass across the country to venues which will include Design Colleges and Companies within the trade.
‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna Claypool – Bolton University
Students comments included: ‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ ‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ ‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’