Digital Fabric Design

Learn how to design your own fabric and surface designs.

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If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Become a fabric designer/textile designer and/or surface designer by learning the skills to create exciting digital pattern designs ready for printing on fabrics. Take your hand drawn designs, explore your creative passion and learn how to turn your drawings and designs into printed fabrics or other exciting printed products. Build your own range of textile designs which you can sell to other designers or create your own product ranges from your print designs!

The Digital Fabric Design course is designed to build your textile graphic design drawing and illustration skills using the best fabric design software - Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Create fabric and surface design prints from scratch in Illustrator and Photoshop, or import your hand drawn artworks and turn these into exciting textile or surface design prints. Prepare your designs for digital fabric printing and learn how you can start selling your design products straight away.

You will also learn how to professionally layout a textile design portfolio, using techniques to enhance the design impact and successfully communicate a design theme or story. Learn how you can start your own

This course is suitable for graduates of our textile design course or students interested in textile and surface design (from high school students to adult learners) through to industry professionals looking to upgrade their skills to enhance their career prospects.

What is surface design?

As a surface designer you can use your print designs to create anything from wallpaper, scarves, cushions, gift cards, wrapping paper, towels, clothing, handbags, shoes, floor rugs, bed linen and much more!

The Course Covers:

  • Understanding repeating patterns
  • Creating unique motifs
  • Developing unique print designs
  • Creating pattern repeats in Adobe Illustator and Photoshop
  • Creating textile stories
  • Developing colour schemes and creating colour ways
  • Rendering fabrics
  • Textile design portfolio layout and presentation
  • Mixed media techniques to create visually stunning fabric designs
  • Pattern and textile guidelines for print
  • Navigating the workspace in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • The difference between Illustrator and Photoshop
  • The difference between Vector and Bitmap
  • Using shortcuts to streamline work
  • Understanding the various tools and how to use them
  • Filling your sketch with colour and patterns
  • Using layers to work effectively
  • Reflecting your sketch
  • Joining points
  • Learn how to use the pen tool effectively
  • Understanding file types and resolution
  • Exporting your files for print or web

Units of Competency

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the following unit, from the Nationally Recognised Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package. Completing the assessment for this course is optional, however only those who successfully complete the assessment will be eligible to receive the statement of attainment for the unit listed below.

CUVACD302A Produce computer-aided drawings

Course Requirements:

Students are required to have a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator installed. A free trial version is available from Adobe, however the trial will not last for the entire duration of the course and a full licence will be required to complete the course.

As the Adobe programs are quite complex, students are required to have basic to intermediate computer skills with the ability to easily navigate around their computer, websites, save files into folders and locate the saved files.

As this course assesses a national recognised unit of competency, students will be required to provide us with their Unique Student Identifier (USI) as required by the Australian Government. If you don't have a USI already, you can obtain a USI from here. Students will also be required to complete a form with required statistical data which must be reported to the government.

Course Duration:

This course runs 1 day per week, 9am to 3:30pm, over 8 weeks on Saturdays.

Next Course:

Short Course Course Dates:

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Course Fees

$1,600.00. A $200.00 minimum non-refundable deposit is required to enrol and secure a position in the course. The balance of the course fees is due on the course commencement date. (A 5 week direct-debit payment plan with ezypay is available, information will be sent to students with their confirmation of enrolment).

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