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Fashion Textile Design (Online Short Course)

Fashion Textile Design (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Kiren Passi


Fashion textile designers play an important role in the fashion industry, combining their creative flair with a practical understanding of garment materials and production processes to create the clothes we love.

In this course, you will learn the basics of fashion textile design, focusing the design process and on print and surface textile design. By the end of the course you will produce your own sketchbook of original designs.

Course topics
  • Introduction to textiles
  • Textile materials and construction (Weave, Knit, Print, Embroidery)
  • Research and personal inspiration
  • Experimental mark making
  • Print and surface textile design techniques
  • Creating artworks in different scales
  • Making material decisions (shiny/matt, embossed/flat, etc.)
  • Print artwork and manual repeats
  • Applying textiles to fashion garments
  • Portfolio presentation

Course level

Beginner to Intermediate level. This course is ideal for anyone considering fashion textiles to start or further their careers in design.

Course Schedule - 4 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

1st week
Introduction and textile design research brief.

2nd week
Research review and artwork development

3rd week
Creating a range of designs.

4th week
Portfolio presentations and feedback.

Why choose a CSM online learning short course?
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. You will participate in the live classes each week and you will undertake weekly assignments to be completed in your own time.

Online learning
Please make sure you are available to participate in the live online chat sessions which are run to UK time. All online learning courses include weekly chat sessions with your tutor and other students on the course, which are conducted through an interactive seminar (called Blackboard Collaborate). The chat sessions will include text and voice/video chat, as well as an opportunity to 'share' your tutor's desktop so that they can navigate you through websites, PowerPoint presentations and other work. These sessions are essential to attend each week, so please check the times of the course when you book and take into account any local time differences. You may also be required to undertake weekly assignments between sessions. These will be housed on our Workflow website, along with additional resources and discussion forums which can be used to interact with fellow students in between classes. You may be expected to dedicate between one - two hours a week to these self-study projects. A full technical specification is listed in 'Materials'.

Please book as early as possible. This will allow us enough time to provide you with login for the online short course learning software. When making your booking do not tick the 'If you DO NOT hold a UK/EU/EEA passport click here' box as this is only relevant for classroom courses. If we send you an email telling you to present your passport to us, please ignore this email, as it does not apply to you. If no dates are available for this course please 'Make an enquiry' using the link below and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session. Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:

Please note that this course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Kiren Passi is a luxury Fashion Designer who trained at Christian Dior in Paris and subsequently worked as a womanswear Designer in London, Italy and New York. Kiren’s extensive International Fashion Experience has meant she has engaged with craft communities across the world including Bali, India, Nepal, Japan and Hong Kong.
One of CSM’s PG Certified and long standing short course tutors, teaching at CSM for over 10 years, Kiren’s Fashion and Textile education includes a BA Hon’s from UAL and an MA from the prestigious Royal College of Art. She was awarded a Swarovski design prize in 2016.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A3 hardback Sketchbook and fine liner pens (variety of thicknesses).
  • A pair of paper scissors, scapel.
  • Drawing pencils (variety of thicknesses).
  • Selection of acrylics, watercolour inks, paint palette.
  • Selection of paint brushes.
  • Needle and thread, haberdashery and materials related to your concept (for week 2).
  • A recent computer with a recent operating system.
  • An up-to-date web browser.
  • Microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended).
  • Headphones.
  • Webcam.

Finally, a good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

Available dates