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Textile Designer

Overview: Textile designers create original patterns and designs for use in wearing apparel, fabrics for home and commercial interior fashions. They also work with products such as china, glassware, flatware and paper. They may specialize in creative design, textile technology or marketing.
Duties: Textile designers create original patterns and designs for wearing apparel fabrics such as prints, wovens and knits. They use computer-aided design software to create new patterns.

They use their design skills in home & commercial interior design products such as upholstery fabric, wallpaper, draperies, carpets and sheeting. They also work with china, glassware & flatware.

They work with diverse technologies for creating surface patterns on fabrics. This includes the use of paints, printing, weaving, knitting, dyeing, and silk screening.

Textile development designers focus on ways to improve technical structure, styling and manufacturing of textile products. Textile marketers focus on advertising, promotion and merchandising.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Interdisciplinary Concentration  
Job Outlook: Employment of textile designers is expected to grow more slowly than average through 2018. Demand for stylish affordable clothing will increase with the population but overseas competition will limit growth. Best opportunities will be in design firms that design mass-market clothing sold in department and retail chain stores.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Two-year associate degree or four-year bachelor degree programs in textile design or in textile development and marketing provide the training needed. Courses include creative design, color technology, knits, computer-aided design, fibers, carpets, fashion prints and home fashions.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.