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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 short course, you will learn how to apply textile design skills to create coordinated collections of soft furnishings, tied together by your unique design elements. This course is ideal for someone with some textile design experience who wants to tackle larger projects or even prepare a collection to present to a retailer. By the end of this course you will have produced at least two collections that you can add to your portfolio, preparing you for a degree application or even to set up your own practice.

Each week you will explore, discover and experiment with new techniques. You will learn about the importance of trends in the textile industry, how to identify them and create collections based on them. This is a practical course where you will be challenged to create live task textile design drawings, colour palettes and geometric forms. You will also create your own textile print designs, learning how to print on fabric manually.

This course is taught through weekly online discussions and Q&As with your tutor that will explore the scope of textile designing. Each week your tutor will set you practical tasks to complete in your own time where you can apply what you have learnt from the online classes. At the end of the course you will present your collections and discuss where you might want to get your designs printed.

Creating Textile Design Collections gives you the opportunity to bring your ideas to life. This intermediate course is ideal for building your portfolio and your confidence in your design abilities. Its focus is both creative and commercial, pushing you to think outside the box at the same time as preparing you for a career in the textile design industry, whether as a fashion textile designer, interior designer or beyond.


  • Visual research and development of ideas
  • Creating moodboards and themes
  • The importance of trends for the textile industry
  • Identifying market trends
  • Trend forecasting
  • Creating colour palettes
  • Introduction to 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
  • Creating at least two collections employing colour trends

Student Reviews:

"Dominique was a great teacher. Her feedback was constuctive and helped us to improve, while her engagement and amazing knowledge encouraged us to take our designs further" - Tobias Ebel, MBA candidate based in Germany

"The course was very well structured and the learning outcome was huge for me. Furthermore, the long feedback sessions for every single student was a great way to improve upon and rethink ideas. The teacher was lovely and very good at teaching!" - Anna-Carina Strolz, MA Fashion Product and Production Management Graduate

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be able to;

  • Create engaging portfolio layouts
  • Create colour palettes
  • Understand market trends
  • Print on fabric manually
  • Create your own collections

Who is Creating Textile Design Collections (Online Short Course) for?
This textile design course is for individuals who have a basic knowledge of textile design who would like to deepen their understanding. It will help you take your ideas to the next step. You will learn how to work more professionally and turn your designs into finished collections, expanding your portfolio for a degree application or even preparing to open your own practice.

Level: Intermediate.

Why choose an CSM Online 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. 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

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

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