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 the School of Visual Arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

  1. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Designing textiles using Photoshop I

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    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 and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  3. Illustrator for textile design I

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Develop a textile sketchbook

    Develop a textile sketchbook

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Textile and surface pattern: from drawing to digital print

    Textile and surface pattern: from drawing to digital print

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate mark making, layering and juxtaposing ideas through experimental drawings. Explore the importance of imaginative research and how to record it in a sketchbook. Develop versatile design ideas for textiles: interiors, fashion, stationery or text.

    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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