Course Description

RISD CE course: Surface Design: From Concept to Market

The surface design industry can be a daunting place for a newcomer. This course will help guide you by revealing the basics of a successful surface design collection, and by providing an introduction to how a designer can monetize their artwork. Digital lessons focus on how to choose marketable inspiration, and how to create eye-pleasing repeats and killer colorways. Students will learn how to prepare original designs for the marketplace by developing professional presentation techniques and self-promotion practices. They also receive instruction about various printing processes and how to create artwork that is industry ready. Reading assignments will open students’ eyes to the possibilities of selling and licensing their work, while laying the foundation for a new revenue stream. Successful students will complete the course with several marketable artwork collections and a better understanding of where their work fits into the industry.

This course is a perfect next step after Surface Pattern Design: Introduction.

Prior experience with Photoshop and Illustrator is preferred but not required.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Apr 15, 2024 to May 26, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $455.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
May 06, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 16, 2024 to Apr 10, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Apr 15, 2024 to May 26, 2024
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store. 

Section Notes

This course requires access to one or more applications that are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Please visit the Adobe website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.

  • This course requires access to Adobe Photoshop.
  • AND This course requires access to Adobe Illustrator.
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