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CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): 24 February 2024
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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On this practical, Apple Mac-based course, you’ll learn how to experiment with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to enhance your creativity and technical skills to create innovative digital textile designs and patterns.

This course is ideal for textile and fashion print designers at the start of their career.

So long as you’ve an interest in textiles, fashion or surface pattern design you’ll be welcome to attend.

Ideally, you’ll bring to the course textile or fashion print designs that you’re currently working on or which inspire you, so as to ensure you get the most out of the practical projects.

The course leader will teach specific skills related to your own requirements.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Here’s what our previous attendees said:

“Stephen is one of the best teachers I have ever come across.” FJ

“Brilliant course. Stephen was very helpful and knowledgeable. I would definitely do another course.” SG

“It has made me fall in love with the Uni and textiles, and has inspired me to apply for my MA at NTU.” LT

“From not having any knowledge of this subject prior, I have learnt so much in such a short amount of time. The tutor was amazing - he was so passionate and positive.” MM

“I enjoyed Stephen’s style of tutoring and enthusiasm throughout. The course was spot on – from start to finish. I would not hesitate to attend another course led by him.” PS

I enjoyed learning Illustrator, building my confidence in design, and meeting like-minded people that I hope to stay in contact with. Stephen was an amazing tutor.” CC

“Our tutor was available to suit our personal needs during the course, so everyone got what they expected. Working with our own artwork was great as well.” JF

What you’ll study

On this course, you will:

  • learn how to digitise and develop your designs using computer aided design (CAD)
  • learn how designers use CAD today to create innovative new work, and how they are thinking about textile design in the future
  • be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations and benefit from one-to-one tutorials to aid your development
  • learn about different pattern repeats, styles and layouts
  • learn how to create repeat patterns using Adobe Creative Suite to utilise your area of specialism: textile or fashion print design
  • experiment with software painting and drawing tools, image manipulation, pattern, repetition, texture and colour
  • learn how to create colour palettes using digital images
  • research current trends in textile design and fashion print
  • have the opportunity to create your own brief based on your own area of interest and personal style
  • be able to create and save digital files in the correct formats for print.

The course will be taught on Apple Mac computers and, whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University City Campus.

Further information

By the end of the course, you’ll have a have a good understanding of how the computer software can be used in different specialist areas to enable you to digitally reproduce your designs for commercial use.

You’ll also start to create a portfolio of new digital artwork that can be used for work or to enhance a CV, or be a part of a college application.

Tutor Profile:

Stephen Rose has successfully worked as a freelance fashion and textile graphic designer since 1996, developing and designing creative print ideas for both major high street stores, such as Topman and River Island, and independent retailers in the UK and Europe.

Under the name of Now Fashion Graphics, Stephen’s design work includes creating t-shirt placement prints, all over fabric designs, licensed apparel, logos and branding.

Stephen has an in-depth knowledge of both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, enabling him to provide his clients and students with the best creative solutions tailored specifically to their individual needs.

He is also the co-founder of, an online platform that enables designers to sell their exclusive prints to a global audience of fashion print buyers.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should bring to the course textile or fashion print designs that you’re currently working on or which inspire you, so as to ensure you get the most out of the practical projects.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £745.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply