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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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. Designing textiles using Photoshop III: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    This short intermediate course will improve your Adobe Photoshop pattern tiling skills while learning new basic vector drawing skills in Adobe illustrator. We will improve on creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need your own access 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    This creative course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create motifs and tiles from your own artwork and images. This is an online course is bar the last session, when we return to the studio to print onto fabric and paper. You will need to have your own access to Photoshop for this course.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  3. Photoshop for textile design II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints. You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop. Please note this is an online course.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. Designing textiles using Photoshop II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints.



    You will need to have access to Adobe Photoshop. When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud. Please read the full course details below.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
  5. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and digital print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Explore drawing and printing in the studio, before digitising and manipulating your designs using Photoshop. Suitable for students with a creative background. Photoshop experience would be beneficial but not essential.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Textiles and surface pattern: drawing and design development
    Course start date:  Fri 5 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    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.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00

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