Textile Design major - Bachelor of Design

AD16 Textile Design: Student Work

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Textiles are intrinsic to our lives – they exist beyond our wardrobes and living rooms. Just look around and you’ll see that everything surrounding you is made from a designed material.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Design (BDes), it explores textile design in depth, and will push your creative ability in the design of textiles for a variety of industries; from fashion to product and interior design. As you develop your theoretical and practical skills, you will become part of a new generation of innovative local designers.

Textile design students have full access to leading-technology and expert assistance from highly-qualified technicians at the Textile + Design Lab (TDL). The TDL is a research centre in textiles and apparel, and experimentation in the area of design is highly encouraged. It is also the only facility in New Zealand that houses design, knitwear and digital printing technology to meet the purposes of design, product development, sampling and research. TDL has excellent resources including computer-aided design systems, digital fabric and garment printing, electronic intarsia and WholeGarment® knitting technology.

Whether you’re keen to knit copper wire or immerse yourself in a wearable technologies project, AUT has the resources and expertise for you. Find out more about the TDL here.

Key features

More information about the Bachelor of Design

Career opportunities

  • Homewares designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer or stylist
  • Knitwear designer
  • Production manager
  • Studio/workroom manager
  • Textile designer
  • Textile product designer
  • Visual merchandiser

Entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Portfolio Guidelines
  • An interview may be required
  • Applicants for whom English or Māori is not their first language must provide proof of their English proficiency. IELTS (academic), completed within the last two years is the preferred test for entry. Minimum IELTS (academic) requirements are as follows: 6.5 overall with all bands 6 or higher


All papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15, 30 or 45 points. You will need to complete 120 points each year and 360 points for the entire degree. In each year you will study and complete core compulsory papers within your major and selected minor.

See list of minors

Year 1

The focus is on core skills. You're introduced to technical and production methods used in textile and fabric design. You also explore creative development through drawing, colour work, research and practical skills. You learn how to develop your ideas into creative design concepts.

The studio-based papers are supported by design theory.

Year 1 papers

Level 5:
TEXD501 Textile Design Studio I (30 points)
TEXD502 Textile Design Studio II (30 points)
TEXD503 Textile Design Theory I (15 points)
TEXD504 Textile View (15 points)
TEXD505 Textile Technologies I (15 points)
In addition you will study one paper at level 5 from the minor that you have selected.


Year 2

You extend your textile design skills and use more advanced print and knit software. You engage in live projects with industry to develop fashion knitwear, and printed fabrics and textiles for interiors.

Year 2 papers
Level 6:
TEXD601 Textile Design Studio III (30 points)
TEXD602 Textile Design Studio IV (30 points)
TEXD603 Textile Design Theory II (15 points)
TEXD604 Textile Technologies II (15 points)
In addition you will study two papers at level 6 from the minor that you have selected.

Exchange opportunities

As a second-year student you can go on an exchange programme in:

  • Amsterdam
  • Helsinki
  • San Francisco
  • Toronto

Year 3

You continue to expand your design practice - you may choose to specialise in print or knitwear or you may prefer to continue to work with a combination of media. You develop you own self-directed projects that cover a range of textile-related disciplines. You have the opportunity to showcase your body of work to the media and industry at the AUT School of Art and Design Festival.

Year 3 core papers
Level 7:
TEXD701 Textile Design Studio V (30 points)
TEXD702 Textile Design Studio VI (45 points)
TEXD703 Textile Design Theory III (15 points)
TEXD704 Textile Technologies III (15 points)
In addition you will study one paper at level 7 from the minor that you have selected.

Workplace experience

You complete 60 hours of workplace experience in the textile design industry - a great opportunity to network, gain work experience and develop your CV and portfolio.

Recent placements include:

  • Beverley Productions
  • Bianca Lorrene
  • Charles Parsons Textiles
  • Cybele
  • Kylee Davis
  • Lothlorien Knitwear
  • Northbeach Ltd
  • Private Collection
  • Standard Issue Knitwear
  • The Textiles Collective


Click here for more information about papers.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all prerequisite requirements and availability of enrolment space in each paper.

Please email artbox@aut.ac.nz for programme information.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.41pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.