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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 3 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.

Bursaries for self funding students
For self funding students bursaries up to £500 per course are available. If you are self funding please follow this link to the ASDC Bursary Application Form

 

Course Covers:
  • Degree level syllabus leading to a professional qualification from the Society of Dyers and Colourists
  • Applied organic and physical chemistry of textile coloration principles and processes
  • A diverse range of course modules to reflect your needs as a student and to provide a broad scope of knowledge that is relevant for a career in coloration technology
  • A unique set of resources delivered through the website maximising your learning outcomes
 

Courses

Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres

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Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres – course description 

To extend and deepen understanding of the fundamentals of synthetic fibres and the interaction between these fibres and the specific dyes employed at the molecular level.

The first part of the course covers macro molecular structure of synthetic polymer fibres, including their interaction with water.

Ancillary processes are covered, followed by a section detailing the various dyes and methods to impart colour to the more commonly encountered synthetic fibres.

This course will focus on the more commercially important synthetic fibres, namely, polyester (PES), polyamide (PA) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), as well as the two derivatised cellulosic fibres, cellulose acetate (CA) and cellulose triacetate (CTA).
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Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres – course contents

  • Types of fibre and their physical structure
  • Fibre/water interactions
  • Ancillary processes (desizing, scouring, bleaching, heat setting etc)
  • Dyes used for polyester fibres
  • Dyes used for polyamide fibres
  • Dyes used for acrylic fibres
  • Dyes used for cellulose ester fibres

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Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres – course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

 

Textile Printing

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Textile Printing – course description 

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

Providing students with an overview of the various commercially important textile printing methods, including the rapidly growing sector of digital techniques.

The course will also look at the composition and preparation of the print paste/print ink, as well as print styles employed.

The course will also include a look at the various printing styles available and their application involving specific dyes or pigments to appropriate fabric types.

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Textile Printing – course content

  • Physical-chemical aspects associated with textile printing
  • Printing methods, focusing on the more commercially important techniques, such as screen printing and digital ink jet printing
  • Print paste/ink composition and preparation for printing
  • Pre and post treatments carried out for textile printing

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Textile Printing – course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

 

 

Colour Physics

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Colour Physics – course description

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

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


Colour Physics – course content

  • The nature of colour
  • Biological aspects of colour vision and theory
  • Theoretical basis for practical applications
  • Photo physics (the link between colour and colourant structure)
  • Colorimetry and colour space systems
  • Standard observers and colour chromaticity
  • CIE LAB and colour difference
  • Colour measurement in textiles

Colour Physics –  course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

 

Dyeing Theory

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Dyeing Theory – course description

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

Providing the student with an opportunity to understand the underlying theories relating to aqueous dyeing processes. Dyeing can be considered as the application of a dye, most commonly as a molecular or ionic solution, to a textile substrate to obtain a uniform distribution of dye throughout the substrate.


Dyeing Theory – course contents

  • Intermolecular forces that can occur between dyes and fibres
  • Thermodynamic phenomena associated with dyeing processes.
  • Kinetic phenomena associated with dyeing processes
  • Mathematical considerations relevant for various dye/fibre interactions.

Dyeing Theory – course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

Dyeing of Natural Fibres

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Dyeing of Natural Fibres – course description

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

Providing the student with an opportunity to understand and gain knowledge relating to the processing, morphology and chemistry of natural fibres, including wool, silk, cotton and regenerated cellulosic fibres of the viscose type.

Providing the student with an opportunity to understand and gain knowledge related to the dyeing of natural fibres.

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Dyeing of Natural Fibres – course content

  • Natural fibre production and key processing steps, in relation to the preparation for the dyeing process.
  • Natural fibre chemistry and physical morphology.
  • Natural fibre interactions with water.
  • Ancillary processes associated with the dyeing of natural fibres
  • Dye classes, their method of application  and chemical interactions with natural fibres.

Dyeing of Natural Fibres – course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals

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Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals – course description

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

Providing the student an opportunity to understand the fundamental concepts and theories as well as their nomenclature and structure associated with the chemistry of colorants and their complementary auxiliary chemicals.
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Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals – course content

  • Classification of colorants
  • Colour in organic molecules
  • Chemical classification of colorants
  • Application classification of colorants

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Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals – course delivery and accessibility

On line, via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The course is delivered as a series of lessons, that are broken down further into topics. Quizzes/practice questions are included where appropriate.

The culmination of course is in the form of a 3 hour written examination.

Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres available October 2020 More Info
Textile Printing available October 2020 More Info
Colour Physics available October 2021 More Info
Dyeing Theory available October 2021 More Info
Dyeing of Natural Fibres available October 2022 More Info
Chemistry of Colorants and Auxiliary Chemicals available October 2022 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 for an associateship is an opportunity to develop your professional career in the coloration of textiles.


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