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Textile Design

Laduma Ngxokolo



A mix of practical, theoretical and bold experimental approaches to textile design and design innovation enable you to extend and specialise in areas of printed, knitted, woven and digital textiles. Personal style development is strongly encouraged throughout the course. Our three year full-time textile design course leads to the qualification of National Diploma in Textile Design and Technology.

To develop your professional skills, creativity and inventiveness are blended with professional business practice, market and trend awareness, materials and process knowledge. The programme allows you flexibility to respond readily to the changing textile world. Individual design development and product development forms a major part of the studies.

If you intend making a career in the formal or informal textile industry, there are diverse career opportunities available in this sector. The two major fields of study are fabrics for fashion (clothing) and interiors (upholstery, soft furnishings and carpets) and a range of textile knowledge with some emphasis on fashion is encouraged. Your qualification prepares you for formal design or merchandising opportunities in fashion, interiors and the textile industry or technological innovation with regard hi-tech fibres, knitting and weaving systems.

With internationally award-winning students – for example, first place in the International Society of Dyers and Colourists Global Design competition 2009 – we encourage involvement in local and international competitions and student work is showcased within “The Collective” graduate exhibition and integrated with other fashion showcases.


Textile Design & Technology diploma/degree in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

The first three years include a studio environment and theory lectures to introduce Preparatory Studies [drawing], Textile Design, Textile Technology [screen printing, weaving, and knitting], Theory and History of Textiles and Textile Practice. Within these subjects practical skills in garment construction [patterns and sewing], the mohair development programme, computer aided design and digital printing are enhanced by investigations into various related craft methods and techniques to develop surface designs for ceramics, beading, felting and embroidery.


The qualification of National Diploma in Textile Design and Technology leads to a 4th year specialisation taking the student to the Bachelor of Technology degree, which is recognised as being on the level of an Honours degree. The department is also accredited to offer Masters and Doctorate degrees in Textiles.

This programme caters for specialization within a design or industrial field. It encourages students to develop and utilize their imaginative and intellectual problem-solving skills in a theme of their own choice and interest. Alternatively the theme could be initiated by industry through sponsorship. The student will be guided, instructed and monitored in research methodology, time management and planning

Contact information
Ms Jean Luyt
Lecturer: Applied Design (Textiles)
Tel: 27 41 5043719