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

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.4%

NT 0.4%

QLD 9.9%

SA 2.4%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 40.9%

WA 9.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 46.4%

Female 53.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 33.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 66.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.8%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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