Textile design & software

Textile design & software courses online & in London

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Illustrator for textile design II
    Course start date:  Mon 20 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Expand your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, creating intricate and decorative elements for textile design. Use a range of drawing and brush tools, refining your skills, developing colour, contrast, and pattern. Ideal for anyone interested in vector based repeat patterns.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Textiles and surface pattern: colour and abstract design
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour using using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Develop a collage sketchbook for textiles
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore the creative possibilities of collage, developed into a sketchbook for textiles. Produce surfaces using mark making and mixed media including the use of fabric and simple print. Collect visual research and develop ideas towards your own personal projects.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Digital textile design with Adobe Photoshop for beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    This digital textile design course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create patterns and motifs with this popular software. The course is ideal for textile students or designers who would like to explore the possibilities of digital design.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
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