Textile Design

Prepared Loom for Weaving

Textile Design is a 2-year studio-based diploma program where you explore a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques and is achieved in 6 semesters of study. This program 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 engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. 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.

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 nbccdrecruiting@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 3901  Manipulating Fabric: Patterns & Sewing
  • HIST 2190 Evolution of Textiles

Choose two:

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

Choose one :

  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design
  • DSGN 2903 Design Concepts
  • TXDN 2915 Designing for Felt

Spring 1

  • TXDN 2916  Natural Dye Methods
  • HIST 3903 Myth, Magic and the Human Form

Fall 2

  • TXDN 3911 Designing for Production

Choose two:

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

Choose one:

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

Choose one:

  • ENTR 3905 Preparing for the Retail Market — Fine Craft
  • ENTR 3910    Preparing for Professional Life - Fashion & Textile Design

Winter 2

Choose one:

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

Choose one:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

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. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1



  • 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


Instructors & Technicians


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


  • Kent Jensen
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.

Choose NBCCD and study professional skills for a career you’ll love, and gain confidence to create, exhibit and talk about your work.

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