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Creating Textile Design Collections (Online Short Course)

Creating Textile Design Collections (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Dominique L'Olive


In this online course, you will learn how to apply textile design skills to create coordinated collections of soft furnishing items, tied together by your unique design elements. This course is ideal for students with some textile design experience, who want to tackle larger projects, or even prepare a collection to present to a retailer. By the end of the course you will produce a complete textile design collection.

During the course you will learn a range of techniques to help you make your ideas visually exciting, fresh and current. Each week you will explore, discover and experiment with new techniques, as well as engage in group discussions to find out what makes good designs and collections, how to communicate an idea visually, and ultimately how to work more professionally and even start your own practice. 

This course is the follow up to Drawing and Painting for Textile Design.


  • Visual research and development of ideas
  • Identifying Market trends
  • Creating mood boards and themes
  • Colour palettes
  • Painting techniques
  • Using motifs
  • Presenting initial ideas
  • Starting a new collection
  • Creating engaging portfolio layouts
  • Geometric forms
  • How to create and design a repeat
  • Printing on fabric manually

Learning outcomes:
At the end of this course, you will be confident in creating a textile design collection from start to finish. You will have created two collections to be used in your portfolio using strong visual layouts that will greatly improve the visual communication of your ideas, concepts and designs, ready to be presented to top retailers and manufacturers.

"I am so glad I took this course. Dominique is a very inspiring teacher. With my current situation only an online course would have worked, and I am glad I found this brilliant course. I will definitely be coming back for more"

- Tanushri, former student

Who is Creating Textile Design Collections (Online) for
This course will be beneficial to students with a basic knowledge of textile design, drawing and painting for textile, pattern or mark making, who are looking to expand their skills. This course will enable you to take your initial textile design collections, strengthen and build upon them, and turn your designs into finished collections.
Level: Intermediate
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and over

Why choose a CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.

Tutor Description

Dominique graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA hons degree in Fashion and initially worked for TIMNEY FOWLER where she created textile print designs for the UK and JAPANESE fashion markets. She established her own company in 1999 developing and designing primarily for the US apparel market but also collaborating on special design projects with Nigel Coates [ architect]  JIGSAW merchandising team and MARKS & SPENCERS. From 2002 -2007 Dominique was an associate lecturer at LCF on an elective programme teaching students from a diverse range of design disciplines Textile Print. She currently teaches for Artscom  online textile design courses.


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials
Please bring to your first session:

  • A3 sketchbook
  • A selection of paint brushes
  • Palette
  • Inks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel

Recommended Publications:

  • MIXMAG magazine
  • SELVEDGE magazine

Available dates