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Textile Print Design Short Course

Chelsea College of Arts

Join this Textile Print Design course and learn how to transform your own drawn or found images into a motif and design for print. You will learn a variety of textile printing techniques and how to source fabrics and print materials.

Course description

Join this Textile Print Design course and learn how to transform your design ideas into paper stencil motifs for screen printing. You will learn a variety of textile printing techniques and find out how to source fabrics and print materials.

We'll demonstrate a mix of techniques including specialist water based binders and pigments for screen printing onto cotton as well as acid dyes for printing onto silks.

You will use both open screens and screens prepared with mark making and motifs to develop your design ideas.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment with a range of printing techniques including metallic binder, puff binder and flock & foil embellishment techniques.

Please bring items that inspire you and you would like to draw these will form the basis of your designs.

Course outcomes

You'll leave with a range of printed samples of your print experiments and at least one final piece of work you have designed and printed yourself, for example scarves, cushion covers or T-shirts. You'll also know how to take the next steps, namely how and where you can continue textile print designing.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in learning a new craft, whether for a hobby or because you're an artist looking to diversify or add to your skills. It could lead you to full or part-time studies in another aspect of textile design.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Printing processes
  • Printing techniques – water based binders, metallic, puff, flock, foil and acid dyes
  • Sourcing fabrics and print materials
  • Fabric classification
  • Paper stencils onto cotton and silk fabric
  • Pinning, colour mixing, printing.
  • Design and create artwork for paper stencils
  • Process screens and print a strike off in pigments
  • Experiment with overprinting and manipulation
  • Mixing acid dyes for printing onto silk 
  • Flock and foil


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Your favourite drawing pens
  • Pencils
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • A couple of paint brushes
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Dress making pins
  • Strong gloves
  • An apron
  • Some white cotton will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional fabric that you would like to print onto (advice about fabrics will be given during the course). The more fabric you bring the more printing you can do! Natural fibres will work best; e.g silk, cotton, linen (flat surfaces, not stretchy, and not calico)
  • Garments to print on
  • Something to inspire you, for example; drawings, sketches, photocopies, magazine pictures, mark-making, computer printouts, patterns - all preferably in black and white.

As part of your research you may wish to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.

Please wear sensible shoes.

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