Working as a Textile Designer you will create two-dimensional designs, and use specialist software and computer-aided design programs that can be used in the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textile products.

Summary of Training

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Implement and monitor WHS and environmental systems in the workplace
  • Prepare stencils and screens for textile printing
  • Analyse textile design influences
  • Assist in the development of textile designs
  • Analyse use of colour in textiles
  • Develop textile designs using computer-based design programs
  • Develop textile designs and specifications
  • Identify quality and types of textile fibres, yarns and fabrics
  • Cost production of fashion or textile designs
  • Plan and organise non-routine testing
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Develop and test TCF products or processes
  • Design and produce knitted textile products
  • Design and produce woven tapestry products
  • Design and produce woven products
  • Design and produce printed textiles
  • Exhibit textile designs or products
  • Present and promote textile design concepts
  • Estimate costs for development of textile designs
  • Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications
  • Understand and apply textile science
  • Perform routine textile testing and analyse results
  • Undertake textile colouration and finishing
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Work safely
  • Work safely with chemicals in TCF operations
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Draw 3-D designs
  • Produce knitted textile samples
  • Produce woven textile samples
  • Produce woven tapestry samples
  • Produce screen printed textiles
  • Source textile materials and resources

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Creative & Artistic
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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 182

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Textile Designer - MST50219
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
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