Would you benefit from an SDC Bursary?

The SDC Bursary Scheme provides financial assistance to emerging young professionals.  This support has been used to create portfolios, final collections, undertake research trips and purchase equipment.  The scheme is open to students reading a broad range of subjects including art, design, science and technology.  Would you benefit from receiving an SDC Bursary?  Read on for further details of the scheme, and how it has benefited some of the recipients.

Aimee Howlett photo (2)Aimee Howlett (left), a BA Hons Textiles student at Norwich University of the Arts, received funding to purchase research books and materials used in the creation of her final collection of bespoke fabrics and wallpapers.  She commented:

‘It is important to stress the advantages that this opportunity has given me. I have been able to experiment in a variety of compositions… I have exhibited my work in a number of shows and fairs. Being an art and design student can be financially challenging and it’s a worrying factor which would have impacted upon my studies. However, it is really reassuring knowing there are societies, such as yourselves supporting students, giving them opportunities and therefore encouraging the designers of the future.

Another recipient was Rebecca Clifford (photo below): ‘Prior to receiving the bursary I had experimented with natural dyes but not with mordents. I am looking forward to investigating natural dyeing further over this next year with different dyestuffs from hedgerows and my garden. The bursary has been invaluable, it challenged me to swallow my fear and to think big’.

Kate Lloyd, a PhD in Textile Science and Technology student at The University of Manchester is also a recent beneficiary.  Her thesis is focused on the print application of thermochromic novel colorants onto textile substrates, and the optimisation of their fastness properties. The financial support provided by the bursary has given her the opportunity to present her technical PhD paper The design technology applications of novel colorants in textiles’ at Autex 2014, a location selected with guidance from EQAB.  Autex is the annual world conference of the Association of Universities for Textiles and its aim is to deliver and disseminate high level textile education and research for textile professionals.

We would also like to pass on our congratulations to another bursary beneficiary, Charlotte Beevor, who recently achieved the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year award at New Designers 2014 with her collection entitled Expressionist Colour.  Whilst studying at Leeds College of Art, Charlotte received support to develop her practice through her colour research, in which she explored and experimented with colour studies and created designs inspired by artists and theorists such as Mark Rothko and Sydney Harry.

Rebecca Clifford - photographThe scheme has two funding streams:

  • A. Main Bursary (Up to £500)
    For undergraduate and postgraduate students on a relevant course (e.g. Colour Chemistry, Fashion & Design, Textiles)
  • B. ASDC Bursary (Up to £250)
    For students registered for the ASDC examinations. Find out more about our qualifications including ASDC.


The scheme has specific criteria for funding, and we advise you to read these carefully before submitting an application.  There are also four submission deadlines each year (31st March,  30th June,  30th September and 31st December).  The funding criteria and an application form can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions about SDC Bursaries, please email: edu@sdc.org.uk



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