Diploma In Textile Designing

Duration: 6 Months / 12 Months
Type: Diploma
Eligibility: 10th/12th or equivalent

A good eye for colour, texture, fabrics and pattern is not all that's needed to succeed as a textile designer - you'll also need to make industry contacts and build up a portfolio of work.

Textile design is a highly creative field that involves the process of creating the designs that are printed on these woven, knitted, or other types of fabrics. Textile designers are highly-creative people who can draw, have a superior eye for color, pattern, and texture, and an appreciation for the fine points of textiles and fashion. They recognize the fluctuations in trends and fashion, understand textile techniques, are good communicators, possess problem-solving skills, and enjoy a challenge, all while staying on budget and deadline.

Diploma in Textile design will provide students with a foundation in the creation and functional utility of various textiles. As the most common industry that uses textiles is the fashion industry, many classes will be structured about the creation and design of different types of fabrics. Other courses will include the design and development of textile sculptures, constructed textiles, and surface textiles. Students will learn about the history of textiles and the theoretical concepts and aesthetics of the field. Studio classes are very hands-on, with a few lecture classes. Students will complete designs and work with materials and components that make-up textiles, such as knits, leathers, silks, and color dyes. Coursework typically includes color usage, textile design processes and terminology, repeat patterning, computer-aided textile design, and knitted and woven design.

Textile designers create two-dimensional designs that can be used, often as a repeat design, in the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textile products.Working in both industrial and non-industrial locations, they often specialise or work in a specialist context within the textile industry. The two major areas of textiles are:

  • Interiors (upholstery, soft furnishings and carpets)
  • Fabrics for clothing (fashion or specialist).

    Learning Outcomes

    The day-to-day responsibilities of a textile designer include:

    • Producing sketches, designs and samples for presentation to customers
    • Making up sets of sample designs
    • Liaising with clients and technical, marketing and buying staff to plan and develop designs
    • Accurately interpreting and representing clients' ideas
    • Working out design formulae for a group of samples
    • Assessing and approving completed items and production standards
    • Working independently if self-employed, or liaising closely with colleagues as part of a small team
    • Using specialist software and computer-aided design (CAD) programs to develop a range of designs
    • Experimenting with colour, fabric and texture
    • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology.
    • Developing new design concepts
    • Ensuring that projects are completed on time
    • Visiting sites and other sources of ideas for designs
    • Sourcing fabrics and other materials at trade fairs, markets and antique shops
    • Attending trade shows, as a delegate or as an exhibitor - this may involve representing the company with a display or stand, or appraising the work of competitors
    • Keeping up to date and spotting fashion trends in fabric design by reading forecasts in trade magazines and using internet resources

There are a number of careers in a variety of industries for graduates of a textile design program, which include:

  • Weaver
  • Quality assurance inspector for textiles
  • Freelance textile artist
  • Home furnishings textile design
  • Product developer for interior design
  • Fashion textile designer
  • Textiles production manager
  • Quality assurance manager of textiles
  • Research and development analyst
  • Textile supply chain manager
  • Textile marketing manager