the art and business of surface pattern design (the e-course)

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design is the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern design professional. If you have ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric or other products, then this series of interactive online courses is for you! I will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style to putting a collection together, & from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, live briefs, resources & interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills & break into the industry.

see how you too can make it in design!

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what is it?

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design currently consists of four modules that cater to all levels of designers:

Module 1 ‘Designing Your Way’ - A five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about colour & pattern, how to create mood boards & how to create repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

Module 2 ‘Creating Your Professional Identity’ - A five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop & Illustrator, put a collection together & start your own label. You will also learn how to understand & predict trends, how to get noticed & get press, & how to protect your work.

Module 3 ’Monetising Your Designs’ - A five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to monetise your designs! The course includes freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing & much more! Module 3 includes free access to leading trend forecasting site WGSN, live briefs from real companies & our little black book of industry contacts!

The Ultimate Portfolio Builder in association with Printsource, New York - An advanced & intense seven week professional surface pattern design course which gives you all the tools & advice you need to grow your body of commercially viable work & refine & strengthen your professional design portfolio. Brought to you in association with Printsource, one of the top surface & textile design shows in the world, this course it will provide you with exclusive insight to help you secure the right buyers for your work, deal effectively with clients, get trade show ready & discover the secrets to landing your dream work.

All classrooms are accessible 24/7 so you can join us from anywhere in the world & fit the e-course into your busy life.

Not only is there all of this, you also get access to newsletters filled with advice & inspiration as well as the chance to submit to & showcase in our very own dedicated online publication MOYO Magazine.

why sign up?

You will have access to a host of amazing resources from the Make it in Design school such as photography downloads & e-course technical workshops as well as having the chance to showcase your work in MOYO Magazine. We have interviews and diaries from the world’s leading design experts as well as helpful advice & a peek into the life of working designers.

You will also become part of our wonderful, global community of designers, illustrators & artists who are always sharing, helping, supporting & ecouraging you every step of the way.

how will this help me?

We lead you through each step of a designers process on how they got to be successful to their current day-to-day working life. We explain how to set up your own business & brand, how to get & find inspiration, techniques & working methods that current designers use as well as exclusive looks at unpublished designs & artwork - all of which you can apply to your own business & design career.

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