Design & Architecture

Textile Designer

Textile designers create ideas and designs for textiles used to make soft furnishings, upholstery, carpets and clothing.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Textile Designer do?

Textile designers create ideas and designs for textiles used to make soft furnishings, upholstery, carpets and clothing.


Work activities

As a textile designer, you would:

  • meet with clients to discuss their needs and ideas
  • create sketches or designs of ideas either using specialist software or by hand
  • edit or adjust designs through discussions with clients
  • work with textile technicians to construct samples
  • research designs and trends and predict what is likely to be popular
  • work closely with the manufacturing team on the production of textiles
  • keep up to date with manufacturing technology and new materials and fibres.

Key skills and interests

To become a textile designer, you would need:

  • normal colour vision
  • creative flair
  • a thorough understanding of design techniques
  • a good understanding of materials and their properties
  • a knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) software
  • budgeting and estimating abilities.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

If you are working for a textile manufacturer, you would work a standard number of hours per week. If you are self-employed, you could work hours that suit you and your clients.


You would be based in an office, studio or home office, using a computer and working with textiles. You would travel to meetings, to visit manufacturers or attend trade fairs.


How to become an Textile Designer?

Entry Level Education

To become a textile designer you would usually need to complete a VET qualification in Textile Design & Development, or Fashion & Textile Design. Generally, you would require a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. You may be required to present a folio of work with your application.

You can also become a fashion designer by completing a degree in fashion design or textile design. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with English. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of their work.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of textile designers is projected to decline.

Many Australian textile and apparel manufacturing companies have moved their manufacturing offshore, and so there are fewer opportunities available locally. Some opportunities may still be available in specialist manufacturers and design firms, or in working closely with fashion designers in the creation and use of new materials, such as moisture-wicking fabrics.


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