Course Description

This beginning course introduces students to design processes within the growing field of Surface Design with applications well beyond textiles, including fabric, paper, ceramic and a broad spectrum of products. Lectures include design methodology, design themes and styles, and examples of patterns by others. Assignments include research, sketching concepts, drafting and designing patterns.

Through designing their own prints and patterns, students learn the fundamentals of repeat patterns with aesthetic and technical considerations. Tools are demonstrated and explored including: drawing with pencils and markers, painting with gouache and watercolors, color mixing, design transfer methods, and using a ruling pen. Students complete finished pattern designs by theme including geometric, stripes, plaid, floral, paisley, animal, holiday and novelty. These individual patterns form the foundation for future collections and product designs. 





Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Surface Design: Basics
9:30AM to 12:30PM
Feb 19, 2022 to May 14, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On-Line Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $565.00
Materials List
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Section Notes
  • This course includes 30 hours of class time plus at least 15 hours of homework time.
  • No Meeting Date(s): 3/5, 3/26, 4/16
  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
  • Course teaching method:  Synchronous
    • Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.
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