In RMIT's screen and digital print studios and 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
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.
In addition to learning from practicing textile designers with up-to-date knowledge of the latest industry techniques and trends, 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).
You will be assessed throughout each semester via design folios, textile samples, reports, verbal presentations, group projects, research and practical assignments.
You have the option to study the Certificate IV full-time during business hours or part-time with classes held two evenings per week.
Blended learning options
Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.
Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.