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Associateship of the SDC (ASDC)

Course Description

The Associateship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists (ASDC) is the only professional qualification for colourists worldwide. Benchmarked by NARIC as equivalent to a UK Bachelor Honours Degree this course over 4 years will reveal the fundamental processes of the coloration of textiles. Ultimately gaining this qualification allows the student to apply to be a Chartered Colourist (CCol).

The prospectus provides further details of the costs and benefits available to students and employers wishing to take part in this course.

For employers: a method to educate and create the future experts of the coloration industry to ensure that your business and the industry is in safe hands.

For students: a virtual learning platform providing the opportunity to develop specific knowledge and skills. You will have access to the network of members around the world and can build your own peer groups that will be vital in your future careers.

 

Course Covers:
  • Degree level syllabus leading to professional qualifications from Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • Fundamental textile coloration principles and processes
  • A range of compulsory and optional courses to reflect your needs as a student
  • A unique set of resources delivered through the website maximising your learning outcomes
 

Core Courses

Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals

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Course Description – Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals

To extend and deepen understanding of the Chemistry of colorants and auxiliary chemicals.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understanding the underlying theories of colorant and auxiliary chemistry, their nomenclature and structure.
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Course Covers

  • The Classification of Colorants
  • Basic principles of colour formation
  • Basic principles of chemical formulas
  • Theoretical basis for practical applications – by applicaiton class
  • Everything needed to study for the ASDC Chemistry of Colorants examinations
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    Course Content

Course Welcome
Colour Classification
Colour and Chemical Constitution
Chemical Class
Application Class

Dyeing of Natural Fibres

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Course Description – Dyeing of Natural Fibres

To extend and deepen understanding of the fundamentals of dyeing natural fibres .

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understand and have knowledge of the processing of natural fibres covering wool, silk, cotton and all regenerated cellulosic fibres of the viscose type and excluding cellulose acetate.


Course Covers

  • Dyeing of wool, silk
  • Dyeing of cotton
  • Dyeing of viscose type regenerated cellulosics (excluding cellulose acetate)
  • Theoretical aspects of dyeing
  • Practical aspects of dyeing including pre and post treatment.

Course Content

Course Welcome
Fibre structure
Preparatory processes
Specific coloration systems

Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres

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Course Description – Dyeing of synthetic Fibres

To extend and deepen understanding of the fundamentals of synthetic fibres.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understand and have knowledge of the processing of natural fibres covering nylons, polyesters, acrylics.
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Course Covers

  • Dyeing of nylons
  • Dyeing of polyesters
  • Dyeing of acrylics
  • Theoretical aspects of dyeing
  • Practical aspects of dyeing including pre and post treatment.

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Course Content
Course Welcome
Fibre structure
Preparatory processes
Specific coloration systems

Fibre Chemistry

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Course Description – Fibre Chemistry

To extend and deepen understanding of the fibre chemistry, polymers and new innovations in the area.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understanding the underlying theories of natural and synthetic fibre polymerisation and structure relating to its coloration.
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Course Covers

  • Fundamental structures of natural and synthetic fibres
  • The impact structure has on physical and chemical properties
  • The impact structure has on the coloration process
  • Modification and changes and their impact on properties
  • Environmental impacts of fibre choices
  • New alternative sources of fibre
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Course Content

Course Welcome
Polymerisation
Fibre Properties
Protein Fibres
Cellulosic Fibres
Man-made Fibres
Synthetic Fibres
New sources of fibres

Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals available Oct 2018 More Info
Dyeing of Natural Fibres available Oct 2020 More Info
Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres available Oct 2021 More Info
Fibre Chemistry available Oct 2022 More Info

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Colour Physics

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Course Description – Colour Physics

To extend and deepen understanding of the concepts and application of colour physics.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understanding the underlying theories of colour physics, the biological and psychological aspects and practical aspect of this fascinating subject.


Course Covers

  • The essentials of colour
  • Biological aspects of colour vision and theory
  • Theoretical basis for practical applications
  • Everything needed to study for the ASDC Colour Physics examinations

Course Content

Course Welcome

The Nature of Light
The Mechanisms of Human Colour Vision
Illuminants
Colour Order Systems
Colorimetry and Colour Specification Systems
Colour Difference
The Nature of Light
Colour Measurement Instruments
Application of Colour Measurement Instruments (for Textiles)
Colour Communication

Dyeing Theory

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Course Description – Dyeing Theory

To extend and deepen understanding of the nature of the interactions that occur between dyes and fibres under aqueous conditions.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understanding the underlying theories of dyeing. Dyeing can be considered as the application of a dye, most commonly as a molecular or ionic solution, to a substrate to obtain a uniform distribution of dye throughout the substrate.


Course Covers

  • Fundamental aspects of textile fibres
  • Nature and properties of dyes
  • Intermolecular forces that can occur between dyes and fibres
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of dye absorption.
  • Mechanisms of dyeing for various dye fibre interactions.

Course Content

Course Welcome
The role of water in textile dyeing
Dye- fibre interactions
Dyeing theory
Dyeing systems at equilibrium
Thermodynamics of dyeing
Adsorption isotherms
Kinetics of dyeing
Diffusion
Effect of temperature, fibre structure and dye structure on diffusion

Textile Printing

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Course Description – Textile Printing

To extend and deepen understanding of the fundamentals of textile printing.

To provide the student with an opportunity to thoroughly understand and have knowledge of substrates and colorants and techniques used for textile printing.


Course Covers

  • Print preparation
  • Print pastes
  • Printing techniques
  • Ink jet printing
  • Dyeing of acrylics
  • Dyeing of all synthetics in blends with other natural fibres and natural fibres
  • Theoretical aspects of dyeing
  • Practical aspects of dyeing including pre and post treatment.
  • Machinery

Course Content

Course Welcome
Print paste preparation
Fabric preparatory processes
Specific printing systems
Screen
Flat bed
Transfer
Ink jet
Equipment and materials for textile printing

 

Colour Physics available Oct 2018 More Info
Dyeing Theory available Oct 2019 More Info
Textile Printing available Oct 2020 More Info
Why study this course?

Recognised worldwide for over 50 years this course provides a unique opportunity to attain a professional qualification from the only Professional Body in coloration. Studying to be an associateship is an opportunity to develop your professional career in the coloration of textiles.


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