Textile Designer

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Textile designers create designs for fabrics and textiles that are used for clothing and also for home furnishings and paper-based products such as wallpaper. The textiles may be printed, woven or knitted and often have repeating patterns.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified textile designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £18,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £25,000 to £30,000 a year. Senior textile designers may earn £30,000 to £40,000 a year.

Some textile designers work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work and their reputation. The better known you are, the more you can charge.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

Entry to this career can be very competitive. You could find work with textile manufacturers (which are mainly in the Northwest and Midlands of England and the Scottish Borders) or with specialist design studios (mainly in the London area). You may find jobs advertised in the specialist press.

What Does it Take?

You need:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

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