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Unlock your imagination and acquire the skills to bring your design ideas from concept to product and into market.
In a fast-paced and constantly changing world designers need to be adaptable and responsive to their environment while continuously cultivating a curious and playful mind.
RMIT’s celebrated textile design degree will take you on a creative journey of discovery. This ever evolving program is highly-regarded by industry for equipping students with up-to-date knowledge and hands-on practical skills to become innovative and internationally attuned textile designers.
In a supportive and creative environment this program encourages you to be playful, inventive and explore the world of materials and design by immersing you in hands-on studio learning experiences.
Through these engaging studio and interactive classes you will develop the skills and knowledge in computer-aided and hand-crafted textile design, combined with a deeper understanding of the commercial aspects of the industry, that will allow you to operate within the business environment as a creative professional.
Your journey begins with the exploration and use of materials through knit, weave and print. You will learn how to research and develop innovative and speculative responses to design ideas and gain the knowledge and skills to transfer these concepts into designs and, ultimately, into a finished product.
Areas of study
You will explore:
innovative and speculative textile design ideas and concepts
textile design related to surface pattern (print)
textile design related to constructed textiles (knit and weave)
creative projects resulting in a professional portfolio
depth of research for proposed design opportunities
industry related projects with external companies
This program's major strength is that you will learn directly from lecturers and academics who are practicing designers – connected with industry and the design community.
The lecturers push us, often to our limits, which is great because it makes us explore our work and deepen our practice. Just when we have found a comfortable style, they nudge us to develop that idea or design a little further, which results in our best, most refined work.” Claire Cummings, third year student
Be part of a successful community of practice
Textile Design continues to achieve a high level of success with students and graduates winning numerous competitions and award including the prestigious Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards.
Textile Design graduates have taken the top three places at the state level awards over the past several years for the Fashion and Textiles category and in 2014 Cassie Byrnes won the coveted Australian graduate of the year award.
Each year the program's highly anticipated and popular graduate exhibition allows the final year emerging designers to showcase their work to the industries that may employ them.
Textile Design is about making, exploring and experimenting. This program will develop your skills across a wide spectrum of design from illustration, to print, knit, product and computer-aided design. It provides you with the foundations, know-how and confidence to work across any area in design.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
This program will immerse you in an engaging and explorative studio experience that will motivate and inspire you to develop innovative textile design concepts.
Immersive studio experience
Design studios make up the majority of your studies. These studios provide you with a safe place to let your imagination run free, to be curious, creative and explore a variety of approaches to design. Through these studio classes you will gain the skills and knowledge to develop innovative design concepts and material outcomes.
You’ll undertake hands-on practical work creating textiles using a mix of traditional, artisan and digital techniques to explore creative concepts.
Where you will study
In state-of-the-art studios and teaching facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus you will learn through practical hands-on studios, lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
You’ll study in the screen printing and digital design studios and the weave and knit workshops. This provides you with the opportunity to work on industry-standard production equipment to produce commercial and conceptual design outcomes.
Though your studies you will develop the specialist knowledge and capability to make creative decisions about colour, structure, surface texture and pattern, weight and yarn, material composition and appropriate methods of manufacture.
How your work will be assessed
Assessment involves ’learning by doing’ and will include a range of activities such as reports, written reflection, practical assignments, research and experimental projects, portfolios, oral and visual presentations and peer or industry review.
Learn from practicing designers
You will learn directly from lecturers and academics who are experienced practicing designers connected with the industry and the design community.
You’ll interact with key people from the Australian fashion and textiles industry and external experts are regularly engaged as guest lecturers.
On and off campus study requirements
As a full-time students you will attend approximately 12 hours of classes per week, combined with approximately 24 hours of intensive self-directed extra study/research per week. You will be expected to attend public lectures and events outside of coursework hours as part of your learning.
All programs are delivered in English. You can access online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
As an assessed part of this program, you will be involved with design projects with a diverse range of organisations such as Country Road, Dryen, Mill & Mia, Akira Isogawa, Linen House, Longina Phillips, Seed, Romance was Born and Beci Orpin.
Find out more about design projects in the Textile design blog including:
- Ladelle Homewear design project
- Linen House Bed Linen project
- Country Road Industry Brief project
- Dryen Australia Industry Brief project
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Textile designers have the skills to integrate with other design and creative enterprise sectors. Some graduates of this program have set up small businesses, while others work as part of a creative team in areas including fashion, interior, automotive design, merchandising, media and industrial design.
As a textile designer your work activities may include:
- research and resource collection
- trend and forecasting analysis
- target market analysis
- colour forecasting
- design and illustration trends
- computer-aided design and manufacturing
- global digital supply chain
- communication and presentation
- business and ethics
- sustainable design and production.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This course is nationally accredited by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Current students and graduates of this course are eligible for DIA membership.
You’ll have the opportunity to work overseas with sourcing and textile production companies. You may also study overseas for one or two semesters at an RMIT affiliated institution.
Affiliated institutions include:
- Nottingham Trent University, UK
- University of Boras, Sweden
- National Institute of Design, India
- Glasgow School of Art, UK
- Rhode Island School of Design, USA
Textile design student Annick Akanni won an international study workshop prize to study at the prestigious Fondazione Antonio Ratti textiles school in Italy, read her story.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Develop innovative responses to textile design ideas and concepts.
Explore design through hands-on studios and workshops. Gain advanced creative and technical skills in cutting-edge design that will enable to you translate concepts into marketable products.