Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After successfully completing this course, students should be able to design surface designs with different methods and tools and for various purposes.

  • 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.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 13.02.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maarit Salolainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maarit Salolainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 designe, by lectures on surface design, commercial textile collection design, design management, advancements in printing technology regarding sustainable production methods and new service systems for printed textiles. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students are assessed on:

    Activity and participation (25%)

    Individual development during the course (50%)

    Final results (25%)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    270 h

    25 h Lectures and critiques

    30 h Hands-on workshops with tutoring

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

    20 h Teamwork

    123 h Independent work

    36 h Own reflection


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Study materials are handed out to the students during the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic skills of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are prerequisites.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action