Textile Design Major - Bachelor of Design

Develop an in-depth understanding of textile design practices, and the future possibilities for textile design.

The Textile Design major has two main fields of study – knit and print, along with digital, traditional and non-traditional approaches to fabrication. You’ll be encouraged to build your own design philosophy and aesthetic, and create your own opportunities in this expanding creative field.

You’ll have access to dedicated design studios where you can explore knitwear, screen and digital printing techniques, and felting technologies, and can work with traditional and emerging areas like smart textiles. The Textile Design major is closely linked to the AUT Textile Design Lab and its excellent resources; new technologies that enable you to take an experimental approach to design and produce innovative textile designs.


This is part of the Bachelor of Design.

Start date: 2019

You need to complete 120 points each year and 360 points for the entire degree. In each year you study core compulsory papers within your major and selected minor.

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.

You study the following papers

You also study one paper from your chosen minor.

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.

You study the following papers

You also study two papers from your chosen minor.

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.

You study the following papers

You also study one paper from your chosen minor.

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

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email artbox@aut.ac.nz

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Textiles Careers

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