Textile Design at AUT: an overview

AUT's Textile + Design Lab

The Textile + Design Lab (TDL) is a world-class research and development centre that works with students and industry partners to push the boundaries in textile, fashion and product design. Find out more about what the TDL does in this video.

The Textile Design programme intersects a variety of textile disciplines through its use of both traditional, analogue and digital techniques for textile making. It engages with a hybrid of technical technologies and craft-based skills which include hand framed knit, screen printing through to digital print, laser cutting, smart textiles and advanced digital knit.

This programme offers a unique approach engaging the designer-maker through to the digital creative. Access to advanced digital facilities allow students to explore fusions of traditional textile methods and future practices for contemporary textiles and applications.

Key academic contact

Mandy Smith
Head of Department
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8674

Research interests and associations

Textile and Design Lab

Research includes:
  • E-Textile applications
  • Whole Garment Knit Design
  • 3D knit shape applications
  • Textile products for health
  • Textile sustainability
  • Digital print

Industry associations

  • Private Collection
  • Charles Parsons
  • Textilia
  • Designer Textiles
  • Citta Design
  • Optimum Knitwear
  • Mollers Homewares Ltd
  • Linen House Ltd

Degrees and qualifications



News, events and conferences

Contact us

Art & Design Central
City Campus
WE Building, St Paul Street Entrance, Room WE305
Phone +64 9 921 9999 extension 9663
Undergraduate: artbox@aut.ac.nz
Postgraduate: pgartdes@aut.ac.nz

New students and general enquiries

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Phone: 0800 AUT UNI (0800 288 864)
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Last updated: 15-Feb-2017 4.11pm

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