Want to be a surface pattern designer? We’ll show you the way… If you have ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, fabric, homewares or other products, sharing your art through pattern, and monetising your designs this groundbreaking course is for you!
‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ is the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern designer. Thriving surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style to putting a collection together, and from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, resources and interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills and break into the industry. Our alumni have been signed by leading design brands, won national competitions, been featured in design books and on major design blogs, and launched their own design studios. You could be next! The online course can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and includes advice, insights and examples of creative work from a host of industry experts. The course is split into three modules, each five weeks long: Module 1: Designing your way In Module 1 you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about colour and pattern, and how to create moodboards. Learn how to develop your signature style and get industry insider tips and tricks! Module 2: Creating your professional identity In Module 2 you will learn how to develop your brand image, put a collection together and start your own label. You will also learn how to understand and predict trends, how to get noticed and get press, and how to protect your work. Module 3: Monetising your designs In Module 3 you will learn everything you need to know about monetising your designs. This includes freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing and more! Module 3 includes a host of trend resources and our little black book of industry contacts!
Classes run throughout the year. The three modules of this course can be taken individually or in combination to kickstart or boost your surface pattern design career. Each module builds on the previous one and the course is open to everyone. “Creative trainers and colleges better watch out – some could learn a lot from this course’s customer service, structure of modules and weeks and balance between technical and practical exercises.” - Module 1 graduate
“It’s a dream come true. I have delayed exploring Photoshop and Illustrator because classes often centered on working with photographs or material that was not of interest to me. Your class holds my hand while offering instruction specific to my interests and goals.” - Module 2 graduate
“LOVED IT!! The course has empowered me to start my own business and makes me excited about what the future holds.” - Module 3 graduate