Online Course Surface Pattern Design

using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

As a surface pattern designer, you will be developing pattern design for many different consumer products (applications) including clothing, fabrics, home goods and packaging.

During this course, all aspects of the business will be covered. Upon completion of the course, you will have developed a number of saleable designs and made a start on building your portfolio.

  • Personal Help & Support
  • Duration 1 year
  • Certificate of Completion
  • During the course you will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud, if you do not have Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator yourself
  • Costs €1000 (to be followed with STAP-Budget. If you are not allocated a STAP budget, you will not owe us any costs)

This course can be followed using the STAP-Budget.

Register using the STAP budget

Start dates

-1 june 2023
-1 august 2023
-1 october 2023
-1 december 2023


  • You will be guided by means of instructional animations
  • Download PDFs to always have the teaching materials at hand.
  • Start at any time and work at your own pace. (There are no live lessons, but because you can ask questions at any time, there is a lot of personal contact between you and your teacher)
  • Your subject teacher guides you in building your portfolio.

For whom?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in fashion, graphic design, textile design or interior design and for anyone who is interested in a job in the creative industry or is looking for a specialization in their current creative profession.

Learning goals

After the completion of the course:

  • You have mastered Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You have learned to work with Adobe from the basics. You can apply your knowledge to create all-over prints in Adobe.
  • You know how to create repeat pattern. You know the various kinds of repeats and repeat sizes.
  • You know how to make commercial designs for the industries: fashion, interior, stationery.
  • You are able to create designs that meet the technical requirements for various printing techniques. These designs can be added to your portfolio.
  • You are able to create designs for various products such as textiles, wallpaper, wrapping paper, bedding, napkins, greeting cards, etc. You known the required sizes.
  • You know how to submit designs ready for printing.
  • You know what you have to take into account when you work with colors in designs.
  • You know how to separate colors for the industrial printing techniques.
  • You know how to market yourself as a designer.

After completion of the course you have produced a number of saleable designs through the associated assignments. After the course you are aware of the possibilities as a freelancer (collaborating with an agent, doing your own sales and marketing of your designed products), as well as working as an employee.

After completing the final assignment, you have developed ideas about how you will apply this knowledge in your current or new profession and how you will distinguish yourself in the market.


  • Creating commercial designs
  • Retouching images and handdrawn illustrations (including watercolor) to use in your allover print
  • Making images and handdrawn illustrations (including watercolor) to use in your allover print
  • Modifying images and handdrawn illustrations (including watercolor) to use in your allover print
  • Adding filters and other effects
  • How to decide on colour when taking into account the technique, the customers, available Adobe features
  • Creating repeat patterns for industries as interior (a.o: wallpaper), stationery and fashion
  • Creating repeats for bedding and window decoration
  • Creating varied repeat patterns
  • Creating 2 kinds of photographic repeats
  • Adding Textures
  • Painting motifs in Photoshop
  • Creating geometric repeat patterns
  • Working with vectors in Photoshop
  • Color reduction and seperation for screenprint
  • Creating Mock-ups for flat applications and pleated applications
  • Combining Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Creating a print-ready file
  • Learn about industrial printing techniques and what to take into account when developing a pattern.
  • Collaborating with an agent vs. doing your own marketing and sales
  • You learn how to master Illustrator and Photoshop. De teaching material starts at the basics.
  • Extra teaching material: using Photoshop on the Ipad
  • Extra teaching material: using Illustrator on the Ipad

Content: Developing Business concept

  • research personal branding
  • research your competition
  • from the results of this research you will brainstorm to develop your own unique concept

During the course you will discover the profession of print designer / surface pattern designer .

During the online training you have access to the instructional animations. On the platform you will also find extensive teaching materials in which the functionality of Adobe Illustrator and all subjects concerning surface pattern design are covered. Download this teaching material for future use. This way you can easily repeat the topics covered during the online course, even after the online course has ended.

At the online platform you will also find assignments. You will receive feedback after submission. After the online training you will receive a certificate as proof of participation (provided at least 80% the assignments have been completed).

What about Previous Education ?
Previous education and knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is not necessary.

What is the estimated Study Load?
The advice is to spend about 2 hour a week on the course (this includes making assignments and repeating finished topics).

The level of the course is comparable to MBO.

So what about your teacher?
You will be personally assisted by your subject teacher Jolieke Ubachs. Meet Jolieke here. Or get to know Jolieke via the chat!
After subscribing Jolieke will contact you to check out your goals for this course, so the assistance can be tailored to your needs.
Although the course contains a fixed base of study material, the course will be tailored to your perspective completely via the personal guidance. Jolieke will contact you regularly to see if any help is needed. During the course you can ask questions via email . Your emails will be answered within 3 working days and will be supported with screenshots and often even customized videos.

This teaser gives you an impression of the tutorials that you will receive in addition to all downloadable PDFs, assignments and personal guidance.

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