Textile Design

The Diploma in Textile Design provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in textile arts. It gives you the opportunity to specialize in professional disciplines including machine knitting, surface print design (for printed textiles and other end products) and weaving. Computer-assisted design is combined with a hands-on approach giving a creative and practical education in textile design that fits the needs of industry — freelance work as well as contemporary studio practice.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you will engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. As a student, you learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing and 2D/3D design. Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

Duration
Textile Design is a 2-year studio-based diploma program exploring a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques and is achieved in 6 semesters of study, September to June. 

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdregistrar@gnb.ca

Areas of Study
  • Computer-Assisted Design
  • Designing for Industry
  • Designing for Production
  • Digital Print Design
  • Dye Methods
  • Felting
  • Machine Knitting
  • Off-Loom Techniques
  • Repeat Pattern Design
  • Silkscreen Print
  • Tapestry
  • Textile Colour Theory
  • Textiles History
  • Weaving
Course List

Fall 1

  • TXDN 2910 The Whole Cloth Experience: Weave & Machine Knit
  • TXDN 2900 Principles of Surface Design: Structure & Colour
  • TXDN 2901 Digital Tools and Techniques for Surface Design
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Choose one of the following four:

  • DRAW 2900 Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
  • DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials
  • DRAW 2904 Drawing: Time and Narrative

Winter 1

  • TXDN 2911 The Whole Cloth Experience: Felt, Resist Dye & Screen Print
  • TXDN 2912 The Whole Cloth Experience: Natural Dyes & Spinning
  • HIST 2190 Evolution of Textiles

Choose one of the following three:

  • TXDN 2909 Knit: Stitch & Design
  • TXDN 2913 Print: Digital Design
  • TXDN 2914 Weave: Four-Harness Structures

Choose one the following two:

  • DSGN 2901 3D Design: Shaping Space
  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space

Spring 1

  • TXDN 3901 Manipulating Fabric: Patterns & Sewing
  • HIST 3903 Myth, Magic and the Human Form

Fall 2

  • TXDN 3911 Designing for Production

Choose one of the following three:

  • TXDN 3905 Print: Repeat Pattern & Product Design
  • TXDN 3906 Weave: Multi Shaft
  • TXDN 3907 Knit: Stitch & Structures

Choose one the following three:

  • TXDN 3908 Print: Computer Assisted Design
  • TXDN 3909 Weave: Computer Assisted Design
  • TXDN 3910 Knit: Computer Assisted Design

Choose one of the following two:

  • ENTR 3905 Preparing for the Retail Market — Fine Craft
  • ENTR 3906 Preparing for Professional Life

Winter 2

  • TXDN 3915 Designing for Felt

Choose one the following three:

  • TXDN 3912 Print: Designing for Collections
  • TXDN 3913 Weave: Complex Applications
  • TXDN 3914 Knit: Designing for Collections

Choose one the following six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design

Choose one of the following two:

  • ENTR 3121 Digital Communication and Marketing
  • ENTR 3907 Preparing for Wholesale Market — Fine Craft

Spring 2

Choose one of the following two:

  • INST 3902 Senior Practicum
  • INST 3903 Senior Project
Career Possibilities

NBCCD Textile Design graduates have found employment in many areas. Graduates gain transferable skills allowing them to have careers such as:

  • Textile and Fashion Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Weaver
  • Marketer
  • Buyer
  • Educator
  • Artisan and/or Craftsperson
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
    • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
    • OR equivalent experience (2)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Interview

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

Interview
The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

Portfolio Requirements
  1. We value your life experience in assessing your application, so please provide us with a copy of your resume.
  2. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:
  • reasons for wanting to study with us,
  • interests in the arts (contemporary or historical) and
  • plans and goals for the future.
  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
  2. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
  • 5 images of things that you have created, such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
  • If you have drawing experience, please include:
    • one life drawing showing the human figure and
    • one still-life drawing.

If you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit originals. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keeping them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, Canada
Email: nbccdregistrar@gnb.ca

Instructors & Technicians

Instructors

  • Jan Brooks, Coordinating Instructor
  • Jackie Bourque
  • Lorraine Hodgins
  • Rachel MacGillivray
  • Denise Richard

Technician

  • Kent Jensen
  • Bronwyn Gallagher
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

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