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Digital Skills for Fashion and Textile Design

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 11 January 2023
  • Duration: 11 January - 8 February 2023, Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm for five weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £675.

On this practical design course, you'll learn how to use 2D CAD sketches, whilst learning the essential functions of the software that will make your life as a designer simpler and more efficient.

It's ideal for anyone looking to develop their design portfolios; you might be a complete beginner to the software, or you're already working in design and looking to learn more about current software skills.

What you’ll study

On this course you'll learn new skills using different packages within the Adobe Creative Suite software to experiment with painting and drawing tools, image manipulation, pattern, repetition, texture and colour, using CAD to elevate your design and presentation skills to increase productivity and collaboration.

During this course you will:

  • practice using the software for fashion and textile design
  • consider product development through the design process
  • create presentations and marketing material around your designs
  • work from your own brief based on your area of interest (whether it's menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, or soft accessories)
  • discuss examples and images from industry and complete market research
  • understand your personal style versus a professional style specific to a workplace
  • have time to develop your skills and begin to build a portfolio
  • receive feedback from your tutor and peers on your designs

As well as demonstrating techniques to the group, there will also be time for one-to-one tutorials to aid your learning.

What you'll gain

By the end of the course, you'll have the beginnings of an industry standard portfolio, as well as a folder of software instructions and new technical skills.

You'll also leave with an overview of 2D CAD and how you can implement the software in the future.

You'll also receive a certificate of attendance when you complete the course, which is a great way to enhance your CV.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Contact hours

Tutor profile: Erica Horne

Erica teaches CAD to individuals and design teams globally.

She is a lecturer for several universities, including NTU, teaching everything from fashion and textiles to fashion marketing and branding.

Erica is the owner of CAD for Fashion, an academy designed to help people upskill and improve their creativity and productivity.

She's delivered design training for companies such as Hobbs London, The White Company, and Levis.

She has also worked as a designer and product developer for both high street and independent brands including Next and Monsoon.

Entry requirements

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

How to apply

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If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.

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