Textile designing courses vary from college to college, but there are some foundation subjects and knowledge areas for the students that help them nurture their creativity and innovation.
These subjects are offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Some of the subjects include basics of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), colour mixing, fine arts, embroidery, design software and illustration, art history, merchandising, printing, pattern making, weaving and knitting skills, digital design, dyeing, marketing, home furnishings, yarn craft, geometry, colour theory etc.
The objective of teaching these subjects and providing specializations is to make the students capable of handling the job prospects that they are aiming for.
In India there are very good institutes offering the subject. Here we list a few of them:
National Institute of Design Ahmedabad
The Textile Design program strives to develop innovative and synergetic approaches to design for diverse sectors of the textile industry, markets and the social sector informed by an appreciation of the cultural heritage, socio-economic and environmental concerns that is developed through fieldwork and research.
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
B.Des Accessory Design(B.Des) in Textile Design is a four-year full-time course offered by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi. For candidates to the UG Design programs, the selection process comprises a written examination comprising of a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT), followed by a situation test to be undertaken by shortlisted candidates of the written examination. The fee amounts to 11.09 lakhs.
International School of Design, Pune
Bachelor of Design (B.Des) in Textile Design is a full-time four-year undergraduate degree course. A person, who have passed Higher Secondary/Intermediate (10+2) any other examination recognized as equivalent thereto, shall be eligible for the course. The fee amounts to rupees 4 lakh.
National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore
The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in the textile and fashion industry like mills, export houses, buying agencies, design studios, handloom and handicraft cooperatives, NGOs, home and apparel retail brands and online stores as Designers, Merchandisers, Buyers, Managers, Home/Fashion Stylists and Trend Forecasters or work independently as Entrepreneurs.