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august 3, 2017

We are thrilled to be able to bring you some fantastic prizes this year at Summer School! Not only are these prizes lots of fun, they encourage you to get involved, get sharing, and ultimately gain confidence as a designer. If you’d like to have a go at winning these wonderful prizes, be sure to sign up for Summer School before it’s too late! Use these exclusive codes below to get fab deals on Summer School 2017:

One track only £20

Two tracks only £35 using codes:

sschool17take2beg+int (for beginner + intermediate bundle)
sschool17take2int+adv (for intermediate + advanced bundle)

All three tracks only £45 using code:


* PLEASE NOTE: All details on how to enter plus our T&C’s are listed within each Summer School classroom(s). 

Beginner Track:

A place on ‘Module 1 – Designing Your Way’ worth £189 starting this September!

Designing Your Way‘ (Module 1) is a five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. If you’ve ever dreamt of one day licensing your own designs but didn’t know where to start – Module 1 is your answer!

In Designing your way you’ll learn about colour and pattern by creating a set of source images, designing your own motifs, learning how to create repeats, putting together a colour swatch and mood board and designing a set of business stationery. We’ll help you develop your signature style and use this to brand your business, plus we’ll also provide you with plenty of time-saving hints and tips, inspiration and secrets from successful surface pattern designers too.

Module 1 ‘Designing Your Way’ starts September 25, 2017. Find out more.

Intermediate Track:

A place on ‘Module 2 – Creating Your Professional Identity’ worth £259 starting February 2018!

Creating Your Professional Identity‘ (Module 2) is a five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label.

If you are excited about the thought of making a name for yourself, Module 2 is the course for you! We’ll also show you how to understand and predict trends, put a collection together and create technical repeats, learn the industry specifications for printing and designing for various products and protect your work. Plus we’ll show you how to market yourself, get noticed, build an on-line presence and attract the press.

Module 2 ‘Creating your professional identity’ starts February 2018. Find out more.

Advanced Track:

A place on ‘Module 3 – Monetising Your Designs’ worth £359 starting this September!

Monetising Your Designs‘ (Module 3) is a five week online course where you will identify multiple streams of income for your designs. If you have a collection of work but don’t know how to get it out in the world and get it sold, this course is for you.

Here we’ll go into freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing and more. You’ll learn more complex techniques for sophisticated and commercially-appealing surface pattern design, how to negotiate a contract that’s right for you, manage your money, stay motivated, manage stock levels, write a business plan and so much more! Plus we’ll also share our little black book of industry contacts!

Module 3 ‘Monetising Your Designs’ starts September 25, 2017. Find out more.

Prizes Available in ALL 3 TRACKS!

See your designs come alive in print courtesy of Fashion Formula

This year we’ve teamed up with Fashion Formula – a fun and easy-to-use online platform whereby customers can create their own printed fabric, wallpaper, accessories or gift wrap. This is a fantastic opportunity to see your designs in physical form and Fashion Formula will happily ship to anywhere in the world!

Fashion Formula have very kindly offered 3 lucky people on each track the chance to get their designs printed onto a fabric and gift wrap. Seeing your design printed onto an item for the first time is a magical experience and who knows, it could just be the start of things to come!

  • 1st prize: 3 meters of any fabric from their range and 4 sheets of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)
  • 2nd prize: 1 meter of any fabric from their range and 2 sheets of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)
  • 3rd prize: 2 fat quarters of any fabric ( 65 x 48 cm) and 1 sheet of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)

Rachael Taylor’s 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle

For each of the two creative briefs in each track we will give away a copy of Rachael’s book ‘20 ways to draw a doodle and 44 other zigzags, twirls, spirals and teardrops’ published by Quarry!

Be sure to sign up and enter to have a chance at winning some of these amazing prizes – good luck!

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