Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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This practical, hands-on, studio-based program gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-connected instructors to undertake project briefs.
Develop your knowledge and practical skills to create designs for knitted, woven and printed fabrics or textile products for a range of contexts, including fashion, interiors, homewares, craft and other commercial applications.
You will start your journey in the Certificate IV and upon successful completion may choose to continue in the Advanced Diploma.
Your journey starts in the Certificate IV
In the Certificate IV you will develop skills in drawing, painting and illustration, design and concept development and textile history and contemporary practice. You’ll learn how to present your concepts using computer-aided design techniques.
Continue your studies in the Advanced Diploma
In the Advanced Diploma stage of the program you will develop sophisticated skills and expertise in colour, drawing, design and computing, enabling you to plan, develop and produce screen-printed, machine-knitted or woven fabrics for a variety of applications.
You will build on your skills to create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.
With a focus on industry-based projects you’ll work with major and independent Australian and international companies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in developing a collection of textiles to technical and market specifications.
Study on your terms
You have the option to study the Certificate IV full-time during business hours or part-time with classes held two evenings per week.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Certificate IV: 1 year full-time
Advanced Diploma: 1 year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification, the Advanced Diploma.
1 year full-time – apply via VTAC
For local students only: Three years part-time – apply direct
The Certificate IV part-time option is offered two nights a week from 6pm to 9pm with six scheduled Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
One year full-time
Please note: You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Advanced Diploma)
In this program you will study in state-of-the-art facilities at RMIT’s Brunswick campus with globally connected and industry-experienced teachers that will allow you gain direct insights into the role of a textile designer.
What you will study: print, knit and weave
In RMIT's screen and digital print studios and the weave and knit workshops, you’ll undertake hands-on work with fabrics and textiles.
You’ll learn traditional skills and use new technologies to create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.
You will build your skills and knowledge through practical hands-on studio time, lectures, workshops, presentation and group discussions, and use computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Your studies will focus on different subjects including:
- colour studies
- computer-aided design (CAD)
- design and production (textiles)
- experimental textiles
- fibres and fabrics
- machine knitting
- screen printing
Learn from practicing textile designers
You’ll learn from teachers who are practicing textile designers. They are connected to the industry and have up-to-date knowledge of the latest industry techniques and trends.
Learn through industry projects and work experience
Throughout your studies you will complete design briefs, which will introduce you to industry practice and market viability. You’ll also learn about production and manufacturing processes in textiles, including the development of end products from your own textile creations.
You will undertake work experience, projects and learning with bespoke and major Australian textile companies.
Past students have worked with Kip and Co, Etiko, Warwick Fabrics, Silk Trader, Timorous Beasties (UK) and Kova Textiles (New York).
How your work will be assessed
You will be assessed throughout each semester via design folios, textile samples, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All programs are delivered in English.
In the certificate IV you’ll learn the skills and knowledge required to design textiles in a professional environment. On completion, you can continue to Advanced diploma level where you will undertake a range of industry briefs that provide real-world work experience.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
As a textile designer, you will create designs for knitted, woven and printed fabrics or textile products for a range of contexts, including fashion, interiors, homewares, craft and other commercial applications.
You can also work with graphics, packaging, greetings cards, ceramics, wrapping and wallpaper.
Graduates can work as:
- textile design assistants
- knitters, weavers and screen printers
- fabric wholesalers
- studio assistants in design consultancies, screen printing companies and textile manufacturing companies producing woven and knitted fabrics
You may also find work in other associated areas, such as:
- fabric importing and distribution
- design education and community arts
- department store fabric buying
- sustainable design
Typical work activities may include:
- liaising with clients to plan and develop original designs
- interpreting client ideas by producing sketches, mocked-up designs and samples for presentation to customers
- assessing production standards
- experimenting with colour, fabric, fibres and texture
- maintaining up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology
- meeting industry specifications
- working to a design brief and timeline
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is recognised and supported by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Training Accreditation Board.
Textile design is a specialised form of industrial design (ANZSCO 232312).
You can study overseas for one or two semesters at an RMIT-affiliated institution.
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 skills in print, knit and weave through hands-on studios.
Create experimental textile samples using a range of materials and processes, including dye technologies, digital printing, laser cutting and fabric manipulation.