Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Short summary of courses

Introduction to Textiles – Technology

This course has been designed to give a wide introduction to textile manufacturing from fibres to fabrics: knitted, woven and nonwoven, through to dyeing, printing and finishing. Technologists and those involved in manufacturing will benefit from this course.

Five Days of Textiles

This course is a must for anyone wishing to gain in-depth textile knowledge in a very short space of time. The course gives a deep understanding of fibres, yarns and fabrics, their design and construction into performance clothing, fashion, household and interior textiles.

Weave & Woven Fabrics 

This newly revised practical course will cover fabric production, fabric design and construction, analysis and faults in fabrics; along with understanding specifications and their importance. It will be of benefit to those involved in merchandising, selection, specification, quality control and buyers.

Introduction to Knitwear

This practical two day course is primarily intended for buyers, technologists and quality managers to increase their awareness about the knitting process, make-up, knitted structures and quality issues.  The recognition of knitted structures and their analysis, pattern generation, shaping and fashioning will be covered along with the production of cut and sew products.

Introduction to Nonwovens

This 2 day training course has been designed to provide essential background knowledge of nonwovens production, materials and properties. The principal methods of producing nonwovens will be discussed, the effect of process conditions on structure and properties and the suitability of nonwoven fabrics for various end-uses.

Dyeing, Printing, Finishing & Finishes

This two day course is aimed at providing a clear understanding of the whole range of textile processes available for both yarn and fabric; from the initial preparation processes through to dyeing, printing, finishing and stages.

Digital Textile Printing

Digital printing (inkjet printing) in textiles is a growing area. Yet with a fully digitalised process, why is it not as simple as pressing the send to print button? This course should appeal to any fashion or textile professional wanting to become more informed and hence better able to predict and control the related creative and technical processes. This course presents the opportunity to develop an insightful appreciation of digital printing and be able to identify its place and potential in the wider printed fabric market. Delegates will also gain an understanding of analogue print processes and by doing so better identify the opportunities offered by digital print.

The hands-on components of the course are designed to provide an insight into an integrated digital workflow, from concept design to obtaining the finished product and enable you to manage a digital printing process more effectively.

Introduction to Colour Measurement

Managing and understanding colour from the design stage to the finished product can be a difficult activity, colour perception is subjective and can therefore be inconsistent. This course provides a basic yet comprehensive knowledge on many aspects of colour awareness, assessment and measurement. The course includes lectures, interactive sessions and practical exercises.

It will prove invaluable for those involved with colour assessment, colour quality monitoring and evaluation, should they be designers, merchandisers, product development specialists, quality control and anyone who uses colour in their work.

Digital Colour Management

Digital printing is a growing area and this new 1 day course aims to introduce the basic concepts of colour and colour specification and then address the theoretical ideas and practical methods for ensuring colour fidelity for colour images as they are moved captured and displayed on different media such as desktop displays, printers, mobile phones and mart tablets.

It will be valuable for those who want to understand digital colour workflows and apply these to ensure colour consistency in an office, production or online environment.

An Introduction to Sustainable Clothing and Textiles

This course is designed for anyone involved in textiles, fashion, retail and buying who wishes to develop a clearer understanding of sustainability for the industry.

Delegates will gain a strategic overview as well as practical introduction to sustainability for product development and managing the supply chain.

This will be done by exploring the basics of environmental and social sustainability within a framework of commercial imperatives such as profit and sales, using case studies and real world examples.

Basic Pattern Cutting

This 2 day course has been designed so delegates get a basic understanding of pattern cutting for apparel using the flat pattern method. Delegates will gain a clear understanding of block patterns and pattern cutting methods through practical taught sessions.

Garment Fit Issues

This practical 1 day course has been designed so delegates get a hands-on understanding of how garment fit relates to patterns and blocks. Delegates are encouraged to send garments with fit issues to the university a few weeks prior to the commence date of the course. If appropriate, these will be included in the course.  Delegates will gain an understanding of pattern blocks and patterns with regards to common garment fit issues.

This course has been designed for delegates with basic pattern cutting knowledge and quality control and/or product development experience.

Introduction to Textile Testing

This new course is designed for all those involved in the testing of textile materials and with interpretation of the testing results, including those involved in the preparation and conformance with specification, quality, fault analysis and product development.

Analysis of Test Results by use of Statistics

This course has been designed to take the sting out of statistics, thus giving confidence in their use. The use of statistics in textile manufacturing is a sensible way of monitoring and controlling production and so assuring quality.


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