Certificate Home Study

Gain a foundation in fashion and textile design skills to create your own clothing.

home study

Start Date

Can be started at any time


£545 (Easy-pay plan available)


Approximately 3 months

Study Option
Home Study
Course Level
Equivalent to level 2 on the RQF
Entry Requirements
18 years old or over
5 practical assignments

The British Academy of Fashion Design is an accredited provider of the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

Completing this course will enable you to design and create your own clothing by developing basic skills and techniques of fashion design.

Created for enthusiasts, the course is designed around five practical assignments. You will incrementally develop your techniques and understanding of the industry through each assignment.

As a home study student you will have full access to our student area, the Online Learning Centre, which contains course material created by industry experts including: instructional videos, written content and assignments.

Our tutors provide all the support, knowledge and in-depth feedback you need to progress through your course and are always contactable through the Online Learning Centre.

This course can be completed in approximately 3 months*.

*Completion time is based on the approximate time it has taken past students to complete the course. Students have up to 36 months to complete the course.

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The list below provides an overview of the topics covered in this course.

    • Techniques & Processes

    Develop the skills that enable you as a fashion designer to create innovative shapes through draping on a mannequin. Learn how to generate ideas for an outfit and create mood boards to explore different themes and styles. Develop design ideas using sketching, collage and draping. This is the perfect place to start to learn the different techniques and processes at the core of the fashion industry. You will learn about:

    • Idea generation
    • Starting your sketchbook
    • Draping
    • Collage
    • Sketching
    • Creating a mood board
    • Presentation boards
    • Fashion & Textile Practices

    Learn about the properties of fabrics, their weights and appropriate uses. You will experiment with fabric manipulation techniques, learn how to create a swatch book and develop designs based on your discoveries. Complete your very own garment, using deconstruction/reconstruction methods. You will learn about:

    • Creating a swatch book
    • Understanding technical aspects of fabrics
    • Choosing fabrics
    • Basic sewing techniques
    • Deconstruction/reconstruction techniques to upcycle garments
    • Experimenting with fabrics


All our tutors are fashion design professionals working in the industry.

The British Academy of Fashion Design

Our philosophy at the British Academy of Fashion Design is to make high-quality education accessible to all by empowering people to do what they love. Through the power of online and blended learning, our students are able to harness their creativity and practically apply it to succeed in their chosen careers.

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