Credits: 10

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 13.02.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students are able to design surface designs with different methods and tools and for various purposes. Designs: designs by hand: surface designs, fabric collages, painted designs, CAD designs.

  • Students experience the creative process from inspiration to sketches and further to finished surface designs and colourways.
  • Students are familiar with repeats, design and coordination of colourways and surface design and textile collections
  • Students are familiar with commercial and industrial aspects to surface design, commercial collection design, product design process, design management, as well as color and trend forecasting systems.
  • Students are able to follow a given theme in their own design work.
  • Students learn to use basic design tools used for commercial surface design. > This course is an obligatory prerequisite for the PatternLab project.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

During the first weeks of the course students develop visual concepts in teams. One theme / colourway concept is selected and all students follow it throughout their individual design process. Creative hands-on sketching sessions with various materials and techniques are organized to support the artistic process, followed by experiments in repeat design, surface design by hand and lessons in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop -programs as surface design tools. The creative process is completed with presentations by visiting designers and lectures on surface design, commercial textile collection design, design management, advancements in printing technology and new service systems for printed textiles.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Activity and participation (25%), individual development as a surface designer (50%), final results (25%).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 h

15 h Lectures and critiques

42 h Hands-on workshop with tutoring

36 h CAD-Lessons with hands-on practice in IT-class

12 h Teamwork

130 h Independent work

35 h Own reflection

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are required as prerequisites.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are required as prerequisites.

Surface Design is a part of the PatternLab Minor. Please see description of PatternLab and apply separately to the Minor (application time September 2017). Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design students can take the course as part of major studies with or without involvement in the PatternLab.

Max 20 students, first priority given to students from the PatternLab-Minor. Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design students.

First meeting will be held in December.


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