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Summer Study Abroad - Digital Textile Design

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Study abroad this summer with Digital Textile Design where you take part in practical studio and workshop sessions, giving you a unique insight into contemporary textile design for fashion and interiors.

You will learn how to take your initial ideas and drawings and successfully translate them into digital files in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. At the end of this summer course you will be given the chance to digitally print your designs onto fabric.

This study abroad course will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of digital textile design.

Practical studio and workshop sessions will give you the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of digital design through the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator from initial drawing to the translation of your designs. This course will give you a unique insight into contemporary textile design for fashion and interiors.

You will be taught new drawing approaches and experiment with a variety of techniques. Sessions will be complemented by lectures and external visits to places of interest within London, including museums, galleries and retailers.

Student Profile: Shijrah Dohr

Laura Baker

Laura Baker is an experienced lecturer on the BA Textile Design programme at Central Saint Martins as well as a specialist in 2D print and surface pattern for Fashion and Textiles. She has worked as a textile designer in industry and on a freelance basis for fashion and interiors companies internationally She is also author of the publication 'Laser Cutting for Fashion and Textiles'.

Baker’s professional practice lies in bespoke shirt design, with a focus on injecting the unconventional into the usually conservative world of formal shirting. Each shirt is made from fabrics such natural bamboo silk and cotton poplin with digital prints created from yarn wrap windings inspired by British woven fabrics.

Tutor Profile: Laura Baker

Please bring the following items with you to the course

  • Sketchbook
  • 0.5 fineliner
  • Biro
  • USB memory stick
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure (metal)
  • Set square (adjustable is preferable)
  • Metal ruler
  • Scale ruler
  • Compass
  • Erasers
  • 2H pencil
  • Sketching pens
  • Masking tape
  • Lightweight white card (0.5mm approximately)
  • Grey card (1mm approximately)
  • UHU glue
  • Pritt Stick (any brand will be ok)
  • Smartphone or at least a 5mp camera (+ the necessary leads to upload images from your device to a PC/Mac)

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.


The course is taught by amazing teachers, who are very knowledgeable about the subject and the industry.

Leandra Loffredo, Summer 2015