Harper College

Textiles Certificate

Develop proficiency in working with textiles

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  • Credit hours: 12
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: Clothing designer, dyeing machine operator, fabric patternmaker

Get an introduction to various textile techniques with this 12-credit-hour certificate program. Designed to give you a basic overview of the textile area of the fashion design industry, this program will help you develop proficiency in textile techniques, such as embroidery, dyeing, and printing. 

Harper College’s academic facilities simulate the professional atmosphere of the fashion industry. Gain real-world experience by participating in the annual Student Fashion Show, which features original student work. Harper is also home to Studio V, a professional student-run boutique. After completing this program, you’ll be prepared to seek entry-level employment in the fashion design industry.

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour certificate is designed to provide students with an introduction to various textile techniques and proficiency in techniques of choice. The study of textiles includes the technical structure of fabrics and methods of fabrication as well as surface design, which covers a range of techniques for altering or embellishing, such as embroidery, printing, dyeing, applique, etc. This program offers the fiber artist opportunities to explore the technical processes with the artistic development of textiles.


Number Course Title Credits
FAS 107 3

Description:  Explores natural and manufactured fibers, their production, uses, and characteristics. Includes discussion of yarns, fabrics, finishes, design methods, aesthetic applications, and ordering specifications. Emphasizes traditional techniques as well as advancements in technology utilized in the textile industry.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

FAS 108 3

Description:  Teaches transforming and manipulating textiles through surface design. This class includes textile dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, pleating, and embellishing. Introduces traditional and contemporary techniques to inspire original designs.

Prerequisite: FAS 107 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

FAS 117 3

Description:  Introduces students to methods of knitting and design techniques. This course explores use of different materials/yarns and experiments with texture and color.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

FAS 118 3

Description:  Introduces weaving and different looms. Various techniques and materials will be introduced in this class. This class will explore the terminology of weaving and anatomy looms, project planning, drafting weave structures, selecting yarns, harnessing and problem solving.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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Next steps

For more information about the Apparel Construction Certificate program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Last Updated: 4/8/24