CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
Professional Training
25 hours
541.70 - 562.50 GBP excl. VAT
Full time/part time

Course description

CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design

On this practical, Apple Mac-based course, you’ll learn how to experiment with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to enhance your creativity and technical skills to create innovative digital textile designs and patterns.

This course is ideal for textile and fashion print designers at the start of their career.

So long as you’ve an interest in textiles, fashion or surface pattern design you’ll be welcome to attend.

Ideally you’ll bring to the course textile or fashion print designs that you’re currently working on or which inspire you, so as to ensure you get the most out of the practical projects.

The course leader will teach specific skills related to your own requirements.

On this course, you will:

  • learn how to digitise and develop your designs using computer aided design (CAD)
  • learn how designers use CAD today to create innovative new work, and how they are thinking about textile design in the future
  • be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations and benefit from one-to-one tutorials to aid your development
  • learn about different pattern repeats, styles and layouts
  • learn how to create repeat patterns using Adobe Creative Suite to utilise your area of specialism: textile or fashion print design
  • experiment with software painting and drawing tools, image manipulation, pattern, repetition, texture and colour
  • learn how to create colour palettes using digital images
  • research current trends in textile design and fashion print
  • have the opportunity to create your own brief based on your own area of interest and personal style
  • be able to create and save digital files in the correct formats for print.

The course will be taught on Apple Mac computers and, whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have a have a good understanding of how the computer software can be used in different specialist areas to enable you to digitally reproduce your designs for commercial use.

You’ll also start to create a portfolio of new digital artwork that can be used for work or to enhance a CV, or be a part of a college application.

In addition to these sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will have access to a Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Here's what our previous attendees have said:

“Stephen is one of the best teachers I have ever come across.” FJ

“Brilliant course. Stephen was very helpful and knowledgeable. I would definitely do another course.” SG

“It has made me fall in love with the Uni and textiles, and has inspired me to apply for my MA at NTU.” LT

“From not having any knowledge of this subject prior, I have learnt so much in such a short amount of time. The tutor was amazing - he was so passionate and positive.” MM

“I enjoyed Stephen’s style of tutoring and enthusiasm throughout. The course was spot on – from start to finish. I would not hesitate to attend another course led by him.” PS

I enjoyed learning Illustrator, building my confidence in design, and meeting like-minded people that I hope to stay in contact with. Stephen was an amazing tutor.” CC

“Our tutor was available to suit our personal needs during the course, so everyone got what they expected. Working with our own artwork was great as well.” JF

Tutor Profile: Stephen Rose has successfully worked as a freelance fashion and textile graphic designer since 1996, developing and designing creative print ideas for both major high street stores, such as Topman and River Island, and independent retailers in the UK and Europe.

Under the name of Now Fashion Graphics, Stephen’s design work includes creating t-shirt placement prints, all over fabric designs, licensed apparel, logos and branding.

Stephen has an in-depth knowledge of both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, enabling him to provide his clients and students with the best creative solutions tailored specifically to their individual needs.

Need accommodation for the summer?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Accommodation can be booked online via the course homepage.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should have professional or academic experience in fashion design. Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 10

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Nottingham Trent University Creative, Language and Built Environment Short Courses One of the largest and most popular universities in the UK, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) provides beginners, improvers and professionals the opportunity to expand skills and knowledge by attending a short...

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Stephen is a brilliant tutor. He is very knowledgeable, clear, patient, and enthusiastic. His passion for his career shines through and it was great to be taught by someone with so much experience within the industry. I was at first quite daunted by both programmes, however I left feeling confident to create my own patterns and to experiment fur...
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I thoroughly enjoyed the CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design at Nottingham Trent University. Stephen is one of the best teachers I have ever come across. I learnt so much, so fast on this short course, and have come away with an even deeper love of textile print design and clear plan of progression for the future. What really came across wa...
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