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School of Fashion

Textiles - Online

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

Self-study within 6 months

Minimum Credits:

Certificate of Completion

NQF Level:

Successful completion of this short course can be included to your portfolio of evidence for RPL consideration


Unassisted Online Learning




Our relationship with textiles is intimate and all encompassing; we are surrounded by, sleep in, and clothe ourselves in fabric. In a world governed by technology, contemporary fabrics are designed to fit the purpose, please the senses and express the complex language of fashion in the 21st Century.

The course provides an integrated and in–depth development of the student’s understanding of the critical relationship between textiles and the world of fashion. The relationship between design and fabric - fabric and fashion, is at the heart of the creative process being one of mutual dependency and reciprocal influence. The right choice of fabric is fundamental to good design and is instrumental to its success. 

It offers an introduction to the creative and aesthetic characteristics, as well as commercial and technological applications of textiles and their use in the fashion industry. 
This course prepares students with an overview of the basic concepts, terms, ethics (e.g. labour practices, sustainability) and activities (trade shows, agents, etc.) within the vocational terrains of the broader field of the fashion industry.

Focusing in turn on animal, plant, and man-made fibres, the course considers the origins of specific fibres within these classifications, their history, provenance, and the processing journey to finished fabric. The better the understanding of the material, the more effective is the symbiosis between the design and fabric.

The minimum requirement to enter into this course is the minimum age of 16.


  • Develop appropriate textile terminology 

  • Develop technical understanding of what textiles are made from, how they are made and what the implications of the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ are 

  • Analyse textile trends

  • Develop fabric research skills

  • Apply appropriate ethical and academic principles to all work

  • Identify textiles

  • Extend knowledge of textiles for fashion in the fashion industry 

  • Promote understanding of fabrics and technologies

  • Understand the social, cultural and economic contexts of textiles

  • Apply appropriate ethical and academic principles to all work

  • Textile language for various career paths 

  • Develop a fabric portfolio



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