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.

New Surface Design Short Courses currently offered online only.

Read more about the Surface Design Essentials online course here.

Surface Professionals – Launching September – 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. We will offer on-campus Sydney classes based on demand.

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

Surface Design Courses
Surface Design Courses
Surface Design Courses
  • Surface Design Courses

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

  • Surface Design Courses

    We cater for your needs and lifestyle with campuses located in Sydney and Melbourne.

  • 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 of working within the design industry.

Surface Design Courses


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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