Course Description

RISD Summer Programs course: Digitally Printed Fabrics: Infinite Surface Design

Design by Julia Stam

Digital printing technology allows for infinite possibilities in textile surface design. In this course, students are introduced to the basic elements of textile design, such as color, pattern and repeat. They then explore individual concepts through drawing, painting and collage assignments that focus on a variety of approaches such as narrative, singular imagery and/or repetitive pattern. Students use Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool for integrating their initial hand-created designs with new design technology. Personal concepts are further developed through experimentation with such elements as layered, textural and transparency effects. Students may choose to create print samples and a final project (a collection of work) through the utilization of a third-party vendor. By learning the fundamentals of outsourcing, students leave the course with the ability to confidently order samples and yardage for future design work. The course is comprised of group and individual critiques, and lectures that include an overview of print fabric applications including apparel, interior design and fine art pieces. No previous textile experience required. A basic understanding of Photoshop is helpful, but not required. Students unfamiliar with Photoshop may find it helpful to take an online tutorial prior to the class.

3 credits


This credit-bearing course is part of RISD Summer Programs, and is open to matriculating students, art and design professionals and those considering a degree in the visual arts.

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the "Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit" form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

In this intensive course, students should expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week engaging in coursework. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Live Sessions
Th, F
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $2,300.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
3 units
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 15, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Students use a variety of unique supplies that is determined by their own concept in order to generate work. Students may want to have some drawing tools and acrylics or watercolors on hand. However, it is possible they might not even use them.
  • Wacom Tablet ($80-400)
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