Textile Designer








What is a Textile Designer?

Textile Designers create 2-D designs (often as a repeat design) for the production of printed fabrics, knits, weaves, carpets and or other textile products.

Most Textile Designers specialise in a particular industry.

The two major fields are:

  • interiors (upholstery, soft furnishings, carpets, wall papers etc)
  • fabrics for clothing (fashion etc)

What does a Textile Designer do?

  • researches and keeps up-to-date with fashion and market trends
  • talks with clients and technical staff to discuss design trends
  • understands clients’ ideas
  • plans and develops new designs
  • produces sketches and mock-ups to present to clients
  • works with software and computer-aided design (CAD) programs
  • experiments with colour, fabric and texture
  • researches new production techniques and textile technology
  • meets deadlines
  • attends trade fairs
  • represents the company at a trade show

Are you … ?

  • creative and confident?
  • a passion for fashion?
  • excited by colour and pattern?
  • a person with good drawing skills?
  • neat?
  • able to work on a team?
  • a person with good communicative skills?
  • hard working?
  • able to work under pressure and meet deadlines?

How do I become a Textile Designer?


At most universities of technology you can study a:

National Diploma in Textile Design & Technology

National Diploma in Surface Design


After you have completed your National Diploma you can further your studies with a

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) 



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Fashion Designer … or … Interior Designer

Is becoming a Textile Designer the right career choice for me?