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