What is knitwear design

Two different focuses exist on the fabric used in fashion design: knitwear design and textile design.
Knitwear is all about the creation of original fabric designs. Knitwear teaches students the skills and construction techniques in order to produce quality knitwear designs.
Classes will teach students how to design and produce swatches, garments and knitwear designs. Students will come up with their own creative and original designs, visualizing how these designs will be put into an actual product. Students will also develop their own personal knitwear design philosophy through their students, exploring different trends throughout history and different patterns and method of creating fabric design.
Textile design focuses on the printed surface design of clothing, which includes the color, design, mark making and drawing printed on fabric. Through use of various screen-printing and heat transfer techniques, students learn what is used commonly in today’s fashion industry to create original textile designs.
Students in textile design will produce their own creative designs utilizing coloring and drawing, as well as photographic screen-printing. For classes held on-campus, students will physically be involved in printing the designs onto fabric using heat transfer and using chemicals and processes to manipulate fabric to create original designs. Being able to see the actually process in play helps the student learn even more.
In both areas, market research is conducted for what is relevant and popular in both knitwear and textile designs in order to create a product that actually sells. Similarly, in both studies, students learn to use the newest technology used in the industry for design and production. In both focus areas, students will walk away with a portfolio demonstrating their mastery of the art and often the ability to showcase their own designs in competitions and school shows.
Academy of Art University, Online Education: http://online.academyart.edu/schools/fashion

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