Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Senior Textile Designer

Working as a Senior Textile Designer you will create designs for the production of knit, weave and printed fabrics or textiles. You will combine a creative approach with a practical view of the end-products as usable garments.

Summary of Training

Core Units - 15 required

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Analyse fashion industry textiles to guide commercial development
  • Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • Analyse TCF merchandising and marketing principles
  • Implement and monitor WHS and environmental systems in the workplace
  • Identify opportunities in the TCF market
  • Research and evaluate processes and products
  • 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
  • Research commercial development of textiles
  • Identify quality and types of textile fibres, yarns and fabrics

Elective Units – 30 required

  • Manage quality system and procedures
  • Negotiate and manage contracts to produce finished design products
  • Apply electronic systems to textile design and production
  • Develop a textile product range
  • Cost production of fashion or textile designs
  • Contribute to the development of products or processes
  • Produce knitted textile samples
  • Produce woven tapestry samples
  • Produce screen printed textiles
  • Present and promote textile design concepts
  • Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile sample
  • Estimate costs for development of textile designs
  • Design and produce knitted textile products
  • Design and produce woven products
  • Design and produce experimental textiles
  • Design and produce printed textiles
  • Exhibit textile designs or products
  • Produce computer-aided textile design folios
  • Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications
  • Select dyes and develop dye specification and recipe for production
  • Undertake textile colouration and finishing
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas
  • Develop drawing skills
  • Market design product to local outlets
  • Interact and network with fashion industry participants
  • Work safely with chemicals in TCF operations
  • Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • Draw 3-D designs
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Coordinate quality assurance for TCF products and services

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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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Creative & Artistic
Conventional & Organising

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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: 175

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. 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

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

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

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

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

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Availability Information and More Details

Senior Textile Designer - MST60219
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 232311

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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