Course Description

This course focuses on the creative process of sketching, refining and finalizing pattern designs. Surface Design Digital Creation exposes students to many styles and techniques for creating new designs directly on the computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. 

Complementing the hands-on studio techniques in Surface Design Techniques I-III coursework,  students draw vector based patterns in Illustrator, learn digital painting in Photoshop using custom brushes, symbols and scripts for speeding up repetitive tasks and setting up templates. An overview of the application Procreate for the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is covered. 

Lectures include design methodology, artist case studies, design themes and product categories. Instruction includes discussion and demonstration of the various methods of repeat processes used to create overall design pattern and color mixing and application. Through structured hands-on design problems, students execute surface designs in collections suitable for a portfolio, and apply those designs to product mock ups. Students also learn to scan their hand-painted artwork, retouch, manipulate colors and prepare for their portfolios.


Specific coursework required for Certificate Students; all other students should have equivalent experience.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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