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How to be a senior print designer

This week Ed Fella, general manager at retail recruitment agency Le Pont, tells you how to become a senior print designer.

“Senior print designers will have a relevant qualification in printed textile design. A successful senior print designer will possess a creative eye, and understand the properties of different materials and dyes, as well as the production processes of textiles.

It is imperative that you are also able to predict new trends and enjoy working with a range of different styles and techniques. Depending on the course you undertake you will usually need to try and secure an internship as part of your degree whether on a short or long term basis. This is a core requirement as this will support your practical industry experience but enable you to build your own industry contacts and personal profile in the market ready for when you graduate and look for that all important first job.
It is important you possesses strong CAD skills, however many employers still want to see candidates’ own drawings in their portfolio as this truly illustrates their own “raw” talent and personal creative eye.

The most successful candidates will normally specialise in print, weave or knitwear when progressing in their career.

Once in the industry you can expect to progress through the ranks from junior textile designer, to designer, and then to senior textiles designer depending on the business you join.

Salaries for this type of position can range from £45,000 £60,000 plus benefits depending on the size of the business.”

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