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Diploma in Fashion Design

Learn how to break into the fashion and design industry in this free online Fashion Design Course.

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This free online fashion design diploma course will give you an overview of the history of fashion and how past trends influence today’s market. You will gain practical skills in the areas of design development and study different textile fibres, yarns, and fabric utilised in production including where to source them. You will also study how to construct garments as well as learn how to create, finance, and market a clothing label.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
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The world of fashion is constantly growing and very competitive. This free online course Diploma Course in Fashion Design will give you clear strategies and skills to help you understand the fashion and design industry from the beginning of an idea, through the process of production, to protecting your brand name and image and finally to launching your design successfully.

The course begins by introducing you to some basic fashion knowledge; it then covers the daily skills and qualifications that every fashion designer should possess. You will gain a comprehensive overview of fashion history from the 19th century through to the present day which is important in predicting future trends. Next, you will learn to arrange mood boards in order to develop your design. You will gain an understanding of textile fibres, yarns and fabrics and where to source them. You will be able to complete patterns, structure garments correctly, and understand the various draping techniques available. Identifying where to source fabrics is key, along with patternmaking, sizing and measuring a garment correctly. Learn how to design a Garment Tech Pack which is critical in the production process and will give you confidence to produce your own clothing label.

By the end of this course, you will understand the various career opportunities that are available to you in the fashion design world, the resources that are accessible to you and how to go about creating, financing and marketing your own clothing label which will set you up to developing your own brand. Start this course today if you enjoy following the hottest design trends, have a passion for clothing and a creative eye - a career in fashion design might be exactly what you are searching for.

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Introduction to Fashion Design

History of Fashion Design

Elements and Principles of Fashion Design

Mood Boards, Design Development, and Sketching

Understanding Textile Fibres, Yarns, and Fabrics

Diploma in Fashion Design - First Assessment

Pattern Completion, Garment Constructing and Draping Techniques

Fabric Sourcing, Patternmaking, Sizing, and Measurement

Garments Structure, Tech Packs and Pre-Production

Creating, Financing and Marketing a Clothing Label

The Fashion Industry, Career Opportunities, Resources in the UK and Developing your Brand

Diploma in Fashion Design - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the fashion cycle and trends in the fashion industry
  • Recognize fashion influences in the history of fashion design
  • Interpret the elements and principles of fashion design
  • Create mood boards and understand the sample stages of a garment
  • Differentiate textile fibres, yarns and fabrics and how to source them
  • Generate patterns, construct garments and develop tech packs
  • Develop a business plan, market your clothing line and prepare for fashion week


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Diplomas for completed Diploma courses:

Digital Diploma - a downloadable Diploma in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma, posted to you with FREE shipping
Framed Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma in a stylish frame, posted to you with FREE shipping

All Diplomas are available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Diplomas, please visit our FAQs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Diploma, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Diploma pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.



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