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Textiles: Techniques and Materials

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  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    22nd September 2020.

Course summary

This course introduces students to a range of materials, techniques and equipment involved in textiles art making. Students study the art, techniques and processes involved in fibre manipulation. The fibres used are wool, flax, silk, and soya bean fibre amongst others. Students learn how to manipulate the fibre to make various types of felt including nuno felting (felting on fabric), needle felting and 3d manipulation. The course also introduces students to fundamental stitching techniques (both manual and machine stitching), basketry, fibre sculpture, vessels, wire and reed 3D construction techniques. Employing a range of textile processes, the student creatively explores and develops their ideas. Students also learn the art of papermaking with paper and silk fibres.


CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

All part-time programmes at CIT CCAD will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020 - 2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.


Course fee of €240 must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

This course is offered by the CIT CCAD Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, and is located at the Sharman Crawford Street Campus, Cork, Tuesdays: 6.30pm - 9.00pm - Semester One
Lecturer: Caroline Smith


Award: CIT: Single Module Certification, 5 ECTS Credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications


Module Title: detailed information Textiles (An Introduction)


Students have an opportunity to submit their work for assessment should they wish to gain the CIT: Single Module Certification for this course.


Tutor: Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith studied Textile Design at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham Surrey . Upon leaving college Caroline’s prints were commissioned by fashion designer Scott Crolla who exhibited them in his shop CROLLAS; the same prints were also exhibited at the Barbican Centre and The Royal Institute of Architects, London. Her designs were also taken to USA where they were exhibited by a textile agent.


Caroline taught in Camden London for Charity C.A.S.T. Caroline currently lectures at CIT CCAD's Department of Fine Art & Applied Art. Among the techniques she teaches are fibre manipulation, dye technology, 3d construction, stitch - hand and machine, and printmaking. Caroline also teaches Combined Materials at Kinsale College of Further Education.


Caroline has exhibited her work throughout Cork and has also had work exhibited in Dublin and Sligo where her work was chosen for the competition Iontas.

Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street


  • Online application will open on 10th August for course commencing September 2020.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay the course fee of €240 online if a place on a course is offered.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay the course fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.


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