What is a Surface Designer?

Surface design is often described as the development of prints and patterns that can be applied to any surface. This includes cushions, lampshades, bed linen, fashion fabrics and wallpaper, just to name a few.

A surface designer spends their days working through the design process to develop prints + patterns that can be applied to one or multiple different products.

At iscd, our surface design students learn to create designs for fashion + home products as well as understand the process to design + manufacture their own product ranges to sell commercially.

How Can You Become a Surface Designer?

Our online Surface Design Essentials short course is designed to introduce you into the world of surface design, optimise your touchpoints and create a dynamic and engaging learning experience. In this course we teach you the foundations in creating original designs while creating your own pattern bank then working on Illustrator to gain the technical skills required to create and develop basic patterns into repeat.

Not Sure You Want to Take the Leap Yet?


These short courses and workshops offer you a step in the right direction:

Graduate Profile

Aimee Grant

Prior to coming to iscd, I was studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and drawing. Towards the end of my degree I did some short courses in design and textiles. They really resonated and made me rethink my art practice. My passion for pattern and motifs grew from there, and this is very much reflected in my personal sketchbooks. Right now I just love the fact I’m building a career in an area I’m really passionate about.