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Fashion Design Course (Level 1)

Course Overview

Online Fashion Course

The contemporary fashion industry is one of the most comprehensively dynamic, rewarding and genuinely fulfilling imaginable. To secure a career in fashion design is to benefit from the prospect of a glamorous, enjoyable and potentially lucrative position for life. Some choose to set up their own fashion brands from scratch, others pursue positions with established fashion houses and then there are those who achieve global fame and reputation on the back of their incredible creations. Whichever way you go, it can be a career path of limitless potential for both success and enjoyment.


Every year, the worldwide fashion industry grows in size, value and importance alike. Quite simply, there has never been a better time to consider making your mark in the world of contemporary fashion design.

Brentwood Open Learning College is delighted to offer the unique opportunity to study fashion design, through home study. On this Level online fashion course we provide all required materials as standard. Enrolment takes just a couple of minutes and is open 365 days a year. There are no geographical limitations and nor are there any time restrictions. Where you are and however busy your current schedule may be, you are free to study in your own time and at your own pace. This outstanding fashion design course online could be just the ticket to help breathe life into your dreams.

Building on your creative flair and vision, three insightful modules will introduce you to the fundamentals of the fashion design industry and how to succeed as a fashion designer. You will explore the recent history of the industry, how to effectively work with colour and why it is of such importance to achieve balance when combining the most important design principles and elements.

Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to apply for an accredited and recognised ABC Awards certificate to enhance your CV and employment prospects. Enrol now on our fashion design courses online.

Course Syllabus

This fashion design online course is divided into three modules:

Module 1 - Introduction to Fashion Design

The course begins by providing candidates with an introduction to the recent history of the fashion industry, incorporating an exploration of important design trends from a variety of influential periods. Candidates begin to build an understanding of the importance of contemporary and historical fashion awareness, along with why the fashion designer must know how to foresee future trends and movements.

Module 2 - Elements and Principles of Design

Course Module 2 focuses primarily on a number of critical important design elements and principles. Each of the four basic elements of design is explored and discussed – lines, shapes, colours and textures, along with the four essential principles of design – repetition, harmony balance and emphasis. Each design element and principle is explored uniquely and as a component in overall concept/vision.

Module 3 - The Use of Colour in Fashion Design

The closing course module centres primarily on the strategic and appropriate use of colour in contemporary fashion design. Candidates explore the concepts of colour clashes and cohesion, along with how to select colours appropriately in accordance with the garment being produced, its purpose and its target audience. The fundamentals of dress design are also introduced.  

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £180 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £40

No of Instalments: 10

Each Instalment: £14

Pay in Full: (£40 Discount) £140


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 1 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

This entry-level course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the world of fashion design. It represents the first step on the journey toward higher-level study, ultimately leading to professional-level fashion design skills and knowledge. Qualified candidates may choose to go into business for themselves, or pursue positions with established fashion brands. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Hobbyists looking to improve their skills and knowledge
  • Newcomers to fashion interested in a career-change
  • Anyone looking to start their own fashion business
  • Candidates intending to go on to higher-level studies

Related Links:

Diploma in Fashion Design (Level 4)

Fashion Design (Level 3)

Course Level
Level 1

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
80 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
There are no particular entry requirements

Start Date

  • Explore the past, present and future of the fashion industry 
  • Study the key principles and elements of fashion design
  • Improve your knowledge of colour cohesion and selection
  • Learn the basic fundamentals of dress design
  • Begin your journey toward a fulfilling career in fashion

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