What is Surface Design?

Surface Design is a form of commercial illustration. It is about learning how to create designs and then put them into technical repeat.

Surface Essentials – Launching April 29 -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 working on both Illustrator and Photoshop to gain the technical skills required to create and develop 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 access to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Adobe offer a 30-day free trial which will suffice for this course. You will need this from week 4 in the course.

Surface Professionals – Launching Septemeber – This is an intensive course where you are challenged with a brief a week to really hone your skills. A great way to develop a full portfolio of professional work. This course has been designed with our industry partners to deliver designers with well trained in the technical skills of pattern and repeat.

Note – this course will require access to Adobe Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. If you are serious about creating patterns we advise you will need to purchase a subscription for these programs.


What you learn

  •     Describe the various applications of Surface Design
  •     Use design elements and principles when designing patterns
  •     Explore colour use in patterns
  •     Learn Illustrator and Photoshop to generate designs and patterns
  •     Explore and apply the creative design process to 2D forms
  •     Develop concepts and translate them into basic pattern solutions
  •     Create a final collection from a specific brief

 “I loved every minute of my time at iscd. I loved the variety of topics and tasks. I especially loved the inspiring and supportive teachers who always shared their industry based knowledge.” Shelly Acland

Online Study is more engaging than ever!

  • Simple interface with lots of visuals and videos.
  • Great online community with lively, inspiring, discussion boards with educators + peers

Surface Design skills are applicable to;

  • Graphic designers
  • Textile Designers
  • Small businesses that own their own product range
  • Artists
Online Surface Design Courses
Online Surface Design Courses
Online Surface Design Courses
  • Online Surface Design Courses

    With over 30 years of design industry experience and a forward-thinking focus iscd is a creative and supportive environment.

  • Online Surface Design Courses

    Work with our industry partners on design briefs and graduate with real-world experience.

This course includes industry briefs and awards to provide you with strong foundations for working in the design industry.


Contact us on 02 8355 3838 or 03 8372 0000 to chat with a specialist course advisor about your study options, or let us know a little bit about you and we can call you back.

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