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Certificate in Fashion Design(Level 3)

Course Overview

Fashion Designer Course Online

Fashion Designer Course Online, introduces the skills, talents and personal attributes required to make it in the high-flying world of fashion design. Building on an existing passion for style and design, candidates are taken through the fundamentals of fashion and exposed to the crucial core principles and elements of the industry. Fashion Designer Course Online, has been designed to bridge the important gap between amateur fashion fanatic and professionally-qualified fashion designer, for those chasing their dream careers

Course content for fashion designing course online, begins with an introduction to fashion design as a historical concept, examining the changing face of fashion over several centuries. The primary focus however is forward-thinking 21st century fashion and the principles of outstanding design in a modern capacity. As one of the most important core elements of fashion, the course introduces fashion forecasting along with the ever-active fashion cycle.

Practical design-focused units move onto the most important elements of fashion design, along with key design principles that underpin successful design work. From appropriate colour choice to the basics of dress designing and the importance of choosing the right material, the course syllabus is structured to be as digestible and manageable as possible. Rounded off with an introduction to basic sewing skills, successful candidates gain a comprehensive insight into both the hard-skills and theoretical knowledge required to make it in this uniquely exciting industry. 

Course Syllabus

Fashion Designing Course Online: Key Topics

This course consists of the following seven units:

Unit 1 - Introduction to Fashion Design

Fashion design as a principle is introduced in a historical context, with candidates being guided through the fashion of the 18th, 19th and mid-20th centuries. An understanding of the origins of fashion paves the way for better understanding of contemporary fashion.

Unit 2 - Fashion Forecasting

In the second unit, candidates are introduced to the supremely important art of fashion forecasting. By gaining an understanding of fashion cycles, candidates develop the skills and knowledge required to predict and pre-empt future fashion.

Unit 3 - Elements of Design

In this unit, course content moves onto the four basic elements of design – Lines, Shapes, Colours and Textures. The importance of each in its own right and when used collaboratively with others must be understood by any professional fashion designer.

Unit 4 - Principles of Design

The fourth unit introduces the subject of key design principles and how they apply to all aspects of fashion design across the board. Principles investigated include emphasis, balance, harmony and repetition.

Unit 5 - Colour and Dress Designing

The importance of colour and understanding colour choices is introduced in the fifth unit. In addition to the basic principles of colour, this unit also provides candidates with an important introduction to colour application in regard to dress designing.

Unit 6 - Choosing the Right Material

Material choice represents the primary focus of unit six which provides crucial insights into a variety of common and rare fabrics, along with their respective properties and recommended uses. The unit also touches upon the subjects of testing, make-up and dying.

Unit 7 - Sewing Basics

The final unit of the course moves away from theoretical teachings to focus on the basics of sewing. Candidates are guided through the process of sewing seams, stitching by hand and safely using the tools and equipment of a professional sewing room.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Upon completion, you will have the option of pursuing a career with an established fashion brand, or building your own business from scratch. Entry-level positions as design assistants, brand representatives and in customer service usually start from around £18,000, while senior fashion designers can easily take home £100,000 or more. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Candidates looking to continue their studies at a higher level
  • Existing fashion workers seeking career advancement
  • Hobbyists interested in going pro
  • Entrepreneurs considering launching their own brands
  • Anyone with an interest in fashion, design and style  

Related Links:

Diploma in Fashion Design (Level 4)

Diploma in Wedding Planning (Level 4)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Explore the importance of future fashion forecasting
  • Learn how to work with lines, shapes, colours and texture
  • Master material selection and colour manipulation
  • Enhance and improve practical sewing skills 

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