Textile design and software

Textile design and software

From drafting designs for new textile prints to experimenting with sketchbook ideas, playing with vectors for laser cutting samples or surfaces, our courses cover it all. We offer a chance for leaners to experiment with new ideas in a safe environment under the watchful eye of our expert tutors and technicians.

Digital technologies play a huge part in contemporary textile design and our digital courses are aimed at learners wishing to take their skills from pencil to pixel. Taught in our new design studios, we offer seamless access from studio to workshop so you can see your designs come to life before your eyes.

We teach on iMacs or Apple Mac laptops and our courses use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Our classes start with sketching and experimentation, before honing in on a final idea which can be realised on cloth using our sublimation printer, or simply live as a sketchbook full of ideas ready for the next step.

Timid about taking the first step? Join one of our short taster courses to give it a go.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experimental drawing exploration using paper collage. Develop creative ideas for textiles exploring texture, colour, proportion and composition through cutting, ripping, layering, intercutting and 2D construction.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop stage II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This is a practical and fun course to extend your creative direction pushing your understanding of designing textiles and repeat pattern knowledge using Photoshop.



    You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway learning skills and techniques to help you to build a textile collection.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
  3. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to create motifs and pattern for textiles. Ideal for beginners in Adobe Photoshop who are textile artists, designers or anyone interested in creating prints, exploring colour and structure. This is a blended course of face-to-face and online teaching.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00
  4. Designing textiles using Illustrator: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intermediate online course will improve on your Adobe Illustrator drawing skills while learning new tile and pattern structures using vectors. We will build on improving on repeat pattern techniques creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need access to the Adobe Creative suite on your mac or PC before class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  5. Illustrator for textile design I
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Develop a textile sketchbook
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore colour, texture, pattern and composition in a working sketchbook using a variety of creative mixed media and design processes. Generate imagery from original sources, discover their potential and work toward developed textile designs.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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