How to Select a Textile School
The textiles industry consists of product manufacturers and professionals who market finished products. Students should make sure that the school they select offers a full overview of the field, as well as opportunities to specialize in an area of their own interest. Textile schools and colleges should help students develop skills in cutting and sewing fabric, knitting, felt making, netting, spinning, twining, dye technology, textile design and textile marketing.
Consider the Following When Choosing a Textile School
- Look for a school that offers internships with local businesses and nonprofits which can allow students to develop professional contacts in the industry.
- Some schools offer programs that will provide several internships to give students the opportunity to explore different areas of the textile industry.
Students in textile classes may work with physical fabrics, as well as computer-aided design software used by those in the industry. Some of these software programs may include PlaidMaker Pro, MotifStudio and StyleDraper Pro.
In addition to technical skills, students are introduced to the history of textiles and traditions within the industry, as well as changes and trends in the fashion industry. This helps the student understand who he or she is creating a product for and how to work towards developing the next trend in textiles. Students may also be encouraged to take additional art classes offered by the school within their program, in order to increase their creativity and design skills.
Schools with Textile Programs
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||4-year, Public|
|City College of San Francisco||2-year, Public|
|Kent State University||4-year, Public|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||4-year, Public|
|Santa Monica College||2-year, Public|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||4-year, Public|
|Florida State University||4-year, Public|