Surface designers create and develop prints and patterns which become the foundation for collections and product designs used in fashion, home décor, interior spaces, and niche markets (as in kids collections). The field of Surface Design has expanded to include textiles and fabric, fashion apparel, home furnishings, wall and floor coverings, decorative papers, and a broad spectrum of products. 

The Surface Design Certificate Program is a sequence of nine (9) courses designed to offer training in the technical and creative skills required to begin a career or enhance skills in the textile/surface design field as a colorist, repeat artist, designer, or stylist. This comprehensive program of study prepares students for attaining an entry-level position as a textile production designer; launching a freelance surface design business; or enhancing skills to an existing career in areas of fashion, interior design, product design, and graphic design.

Through mentorship from instructor expertise, students achieve foundational knowledge in surface design basics, production, and professional applications while learning traditional and digital techniques. Ultimately students achieve professional quality portfolio work ready for design careers in surface design, fashion design, product design, and graphic design industries.


(Please note that XSRF4026 Surface Design Techniques III may be substituted with an Elective approved by the Extension Department.)



Costs for Surface Design Certificate Program

Individuals interested in this certificate program can take up to two classes before committing to the program, at which point they are required to submit a Certificate Program Enrollment Application and $185 application fee. Upon submitting the application and fee, students qualify for a 15% tuition discount, per course, at time of enrollment. Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status within one week of submitting their application.

Estimated Tuition with the 15% certificate discount applied (paid as you enroll in each course): $4,320




For further information, please email or call (310) 665-6850.

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