How to become a Textile Designer

Textile designers produce ideas and designs for printed, woven or knitted textiles and many patterned surfaces.

Personal requirements of a Textile Designer

  • Enjoy artistic and creative activities
  • Good drawing and visualisation skills
  • Able to understand and use colour
  • Interested in pattern and surface decoration
  • Creative and able to translate ideas into product
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills

Education & Training for a Textile Designer

To become a textile designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. Skills can also be gained through a qualification in design studies, which may be applied to textiles generally. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a textile designer by studying textiles or textile design at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and visual arts are normally required. In addition, applicants are usually required to attend an interview and submit a folio of their recent work. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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