Textile Design

Textile Design



In Textile Design, you will:

  • Explore a wide range of traditional and contemporary textile techniques including knitting, weaving, spinning, felting, and screen printing.
  • Customize your education by selecting an area of specialization after your first semester, either machine knitting or weaving.
  • Develop a keen sense of colour and learn chemical and natural dye methods for yarn, fibre and fabric.
  • Gain a creative and practical education that meets the needs of contemporary studio practice, including hands on methods and computer assisted design.
  • Explore marketing, entrepreneurship, and wholesale/retail pricing for a successful and rewarding career in textiles.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Textile Design 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Machine Knitting and Stitch Design
    • Weaving and Structure Design
    • Dye Methods (Natural, Acid, Fibre Reactive)
    • Felting
    • Tapestry
    • Spinning Yarn and Fibre Properties
    • Silkscreen Printing
    • Sewing and Fabric Manipulation
    • Computer Aided Design
    • Repeat Pattern Structure and Colour Forecasting
    • Textiles Colour Theory and History
    • Designing for Small – Mid Scale Production
  • Career Possibilities
    • Knitwear Designer
    • Weaver
    • Sculptural/ Functional Textile Artist
    • Indie Dyer
    • Professional Craftsperson/Entrepreneur
    • Workshop Instructor
  • 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.

    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
    Foundation Visual Arts:
    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.


    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.



    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
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learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.