Department of Fine & Applied Arts - Tshwane University of Technology
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......................................... Textile and Product Design

Textile course details:

  • Qualifications available:
  • National Diploma Textile Design & Technology
  • B Tech Textile Design & Technology
  • M Tech Textile Design & Technology
  • D Tech Textile Design & Technology

    Training in textile and product design runs in tandem with career opportunities that arise due to the constantly changing employment arena. This includes the large industry environment as well as small business and self-employment. The hallmark of this instructional offering is a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship - small business and self-employment initiatives generally lead to the creation of employment. Theory and praxis are integrated, thereby lending an applied slant to research projects.

    The strength of the programmes is their versatility. The first level of study comprises of electives which serve as a broad-based foundation to design. The composition of the second and third levels is also broad based within the textile and surface design disciplines (such as designs for print on cloth, weaving, braiding, design for paper and ceramic products). This prepares the candidate for the fourth level of study which is suitable for specialization in a chosen field related to textile or surface design; or two- or three-dimensional product design and development.

    The rationale for the creation of a wide frame of professional reference is to minimize the risk of over-specialization with regard to employment opportunities, as well as being conducive to the development of niche markets.

    The Masterís and Doctoral degrees focus on identified areas of research which are linked to developments and needs which arise from within the industry as well as society as a whole. Models and/or systems have been developed which serve as vehicles for the dissemination of information as well as the implementation of developmental changes as required in a cross-over of disciplines such as social development; business management; marketing; fine arts; or other design disciplines such as interior design or fashion.