Textile designers produce ideas and designs for printed, woven or knitted textiles and many patterned surfaces.
To become a textile designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in textile design and development or textile arts. 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. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in textile design. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Textile designers may perform the following tasks:
Textile designers work within and alongside industries such as fashion, automotive, interior design and technical textiles. They may also work within a studio environment alongside other designers, or as freelance designers working with a client base.
Textile designers are employed in a wide range of design and merchandising positions. They are employed as designers by studios, manufacturers or distributors of printed, woven and knitted fabrics. Some go into business as textile designers and some as producers of fabrics working on individual commissions.