Textile Designer for The Fashion Industry

Become the expert who creates innovative fabrics for truly sustainable fashion

Textile designer designs cutting-edge, environmentally friendly fabrics and the latest fashion trends

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The course in brief

  • Duration: Two yeasrs
  • Hours: 2,000 hours including 1,200 classroom hours and 800 internship hours.
  • Qualification obtained: Senior Technician EQF (European Qualification Framework) Level 5
  • Partners: Companies of brands and supply chains with Made in Italy excellence.
  • Project work: during the second year, the students are engaged in the completion of a project, carried out in close collaboration with a company and presented during the final exam.

Participation in workshops, events, conferences, fairs and educational visits to companies, organizations and industry associations are planned during the two-year period.

Who is the
Textile Designer for The Fashion Industry

The textile designer for the fashion industry is a professional who combines an aesthetic and creative sensibility with knowledge of materials and processes, with the goal of designing cutting-edge, environmentally friendly fabrics and the latest industry trends using the latest design technologies. It collaborates with the marketing and sales area to identify the most successful trends, and with the technical areas (purchasing, production, quality control) to create collections and monitor the supply chain.

In line with the European Union's goals for the transition to circular and sustainable business models, the textile designer applies the logic of ecodesign by selecting sustainable materials and helping to define the sustainability content of the product, including on the basis of the documentation required to attest to traceability.

It also uses digital technologies in project and management development, consulting archives and databases to gather ideas and supporting the marketing department in building objective and documented information. The textile designer has a team-oriented and problem-solving approach, avoiding the risk of green washing.

Couple of fashion designers choosing fabric standing at the studio full of tailoring tools and equipment

Subjects and workshops

Theoretical foundation

To embark on a successful journey in the world of fashion, it is essential to acquire solid knowledge of the basics of fashion culture and trend research. Furthermore, to have an overview of the sector, it is important to understand the dynamics of the textile supply chain.


Core workshops will cover the design of both textile and fashion products, also with the use of CAD. Students will use the most important graphic programs in the sector (for example the Adobe program package, with Photoshop and Illustrator) to support any marketing and communication strategy.

Advanced workshops

Textile innovation and circularity  workshops: students will acquire a package of practical skills and abilities to design, produce and test new materials. They will also be involved in technical and creative upcycling laboratories at the Centrocot Multi-Lab, dedicated to the study of mechanical and thermo-mechanical recycling of textile fibers and to the evaluation of the biodegradability and compostability of textile materials, also integrating research for new industrial applications, such as smart textiles, 3D printing, composites for building, industrial plants, furniture, furnishings, etc..

Course Location

Piazza Sant'Anna, 2, Busto Arsizio (VA)

Enrico Gedi: enrico.gedi@itscosmo.it
Phone no: 3457055284

Sara Merlo: sara.merlo@itscosmo.it
Phone no: 3483113847

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