A Surface Designer creates two-dimensional designs that are suitable for a wide range of applications. Applicable to fabric, fashion, bed and kitchen linen, homewares, stationery, retail packaging, graphic design executions and wallpaper to name a few. This requires versatility on the part of both the designer and the design as you work to different technical specifications for each. 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. Your personal design style is nurtured through the course with 1:2:1 feedback on your as you progress.

Note – this course will require come additional supplies of a visual diary, some pencils, paints, inks or Copic pens depending on which medium you want to experiment with. You will also require access to Adobe Illustrator You will need this from module 4 in the course. You can purchase this for $29.99 a month via Further information will be given once enrolled in the course.

What you learn

  • Use design elements and principles when designing patterns.
  • Apply the creative design process to 2D forms.
  • Identify and use appropriate software to generate designs and patterns.
  • Communicate design concepts and choices in both visual and written formats.

Practical Exercises

As a short course there will be a number of tasks and exercises to cement your learning. Culminating in a final project to hone your new learned skills.

How you learn

Our online courses are designed to optimise your touch points and create a dynamic and engaging learning experience. All your support is through a dedicated online learning portal and you will receive support from an industry trainer. Throughout your study, feedback is provided at key activities and/or projects. When studying online with iscd you will become a member of a community allowing you the opportunity to share, learn and network with other students.

Your enrolment is a subscription-based model, with full access to all published resources and selected trainer feedback for the published duration of the course. (See the specific course page for more details.) Once your subscription has expired, should you wish to continue to access the course please contact us

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Course Price: $650 inc. gst
Course Duration: 6 Modules, approx. 3 hrs each
Trainer Support Period: 8 weeks from date of enrolment 
Subscription Duration: 12 weeks, 84 days