Fashion Design Course - Diploma (Classroom)


Start Date:  May 2019
Price:  £ 1,895 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-based
Level:  Equivalent to level 3 on the RQF
Accreditation:  International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Diploma course in Fashion Design

The Diploma in Fashion Design will give you an in-depth grounding in the basics of fashion design while also teaching you the techniques needed to launch a professional career in this stimulating field.

This classroom-based diploma course covers the same topics as the home study course but with the added benefit of live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based diploma course takes place over a six month period with either 10 full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or 20 evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete 10 practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support as possible during the tutorials so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in London (Westminster University), Manchester (Salford University) or Edinburgh (Edinburgh Napier University).

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  
Edinburgh Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  

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Techniques and Processes


In this unit, you will develop the skills that enable you as a fashion designer to create innovative shapes through draping on a mannequin. Explore the techniques of flat pattern drafting and how to manipulate patterns to create new designs, tailored to specific measurements. This unit is the perfect place to start to learn the different techniques and processes at the core of the fashion industry. In this unit, we will cover the following:

  • Idea generation
  • Starting your sketchbook
  • Draping
  • Flat pattern techniques
  • Sketching
  • Creating a mood board
  • Presentation boards

Fashion and Textile Practices


The focus of this unit is to explore and research textiles. Understanding the properties of fabrics, weights and their appropriate uses. Experimenting with fibres by painting, printing and shredding to create new fabrics. Introduction to sewing techniques. In this unit, we will cover the following:

  • Creating a swatch book
  • Understanding technical aspects of fabrics
  • Choosing fabrics
  • Deconstruction/reconstruction of fabrics
  • Experimenting with fabrics
  • Technical sewing notebook - including zip, seams, bindings and garment construction
  • Sewing different fabric types

Contextual Studies


This unit looks at the history of fashion design. You will develop an historical understanding of fashion and its connection with identities and cultures, giving you a complete and well-rounded education on the subject. In this unit, we will cover the following periods:

  • The rise of Haute Couture
  • The roaring 20s
  • The Great Depression and World War I
  • Hollywood glamour
  • Flower power
  • "Saturday Night Fever", ethnic bohemian, punk
  • "Material Girls", "New Romantics"
  • Minimalism, power dressing, grunge
  • Street style, mash-up, globalisation
  • Wearable technology

Pattern Cutting and Garment Making


In this unit, you will build on the skills introduced in unit one and unit two by developing your technical ability to create patterns and sewing skills in order to produce a final garment. In this unit, we will cover the following:

  • How to measure a person for individual patterns
  • How to create a dress, bodice and skirt block
  • Manipulating pattern blocks to create new pattern styles
  • Working with lay plans and fabric cutting
  • Sewing calico toiles and assessing for proper fitting
  • Creating a finished garment

Fashion Collection


In this unit, you will develop your first cohesive fashion collection. This includes everything from the initial client brief, to creating brand identity, to research and logo design, to responding to current trends through to final presentation of design work. The best way to predict the future is to create it. In this unit, we will cover the following:

  • Trend forecasting
  • Concept boards
  • Design development
  • Brand identity
  • Fashion collection line-up
  • Fashion marketing and promotion
  • Pricing