Educating the changing world in the science of colour


As the world’s leading educational charity dedicated to colour, we take the role of developing skills and knowledge very seriously.  We have over 130 years experience of education in the coloration industry and can help you get the best out of your employees.

We are here for you

The SDC is here to support you throughout that journey, enabling you to build skills and capability so you can deliver excellent results for your organisation.

The SDC’s short, introductory courses are relevant to anyone who works with colour.  Our courses are built firmly on the practical skills and knowledge that employers need.

Whatever your role in the textile supply chain colour plays a part in what you sell, and there are things we all need to understand.

  • How and why do we use the fibres we use and exactly how does the colour get on there?
  • How do my decisions at the design stage affect the processing and maybe even the environmental impact my design might have?
  • How does the colour stay there and how do I specify and test to ensure it stays there?
  • What affects how long the textile will continue to look good?

How do I know that what the dyer is telling me is correct?

Whether you are a designer, manufacturer, retailer or brand these are all common questions.

The courses we provide will give you the information that you need to be comfortable in your conversations with specifiers and dyers.

  • Find out what fibres can be dyed together and at what cost.
  • Find out what fastness results are possible with which fibres and dyes and what cannot be achieved.
  • Find out how these tests are done, how the results are assessed so you can challenge and get more out of the system.
  • Learn what is truly possible and controllable in colour management and why the use of best practice will help your business grow.

Public programmes

We offer courses in an open forum for many companies to attend.  These are ideal for building skills and capability and learning from others from a wide variety of areas of textiles.

Tailored training for teams

We also offer training for companies where the content can be specific to your needs.  You may have specific requirements and procedures that need to be kept in house and the SDC can accommodate these with a tailor made course.

Contact us for further information

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Perkin House, 82 Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 2LU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1274 725138, Email:
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