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Graduate Certificate in Fashion Design

Develop your fashion design practice, to prepare for employment or further study.

Your creative practice will evolve through projects, workshops and lectures that are designed to develop your potential as a fashion designer.


From conceptual and materials research, through to idea generation, design development, to range and collection planning, you will extend your understanding of design, while gaining practical skills in pattern cutting and garment construction, illustration and visual communication, and contextual knowledge, that support your progression into industry or postgraduate study. 

This carefully structured programme is designed to build your skills and knowledge in fashion design and an understanding of your potential in this rapidly changing industry.


Subject to validation by Manchester Metropolitan University

01 Feb 2022 - 01 Jul 2022
27 Jun 2022 - 18 Nov 2022
English  - Fee
Only course fee

Subject to validation by Manchester Metropolitan University

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The term 1 unit: Fashion Design and Representation, explores the fashion design process, from in-depth, personal research and creative expressions that are balanced by understanding their position in the market. Effective communication is essential and this is addressed in multiple formats - in every aspect of your work - from the research book, through to more formal illustrations and portfolio work, the representation of your ideas through fabric manipulations, pattern cutting and garment construction, and through academic writing for fashion.

The term 2 unit: Responsible Fashion Practice, emphasises a more personal and problem-solving approach to fashion, where ethical considerations are explored through personal design research, and strategies such as zero-waste and upcycling to realise garment designs in a responsible way. The practical work is underpinned by Fashion Futures and Sustainability lectures that will enable you to understand and consider ways of addressing the challenges faced by the fashion industry of the future. In addition, you will develop your digital communication skills, in order to present your portfolio work in a professional manner.

Across terms 1 and 2, students will study on a separate unit that aims to meet their specific requirements. Students that need to improve their English Language, in preparation for postgraduate study or employment, will be take classes in English across the two terms. For those who already have a good level of English, additional pattern cutting and construction lessons will advance their skills and understanding of these areas.

  • Fashion research and design processes
  • Visual communication techniques
  • Pattern cutting and garment construction
  • Responsible fashion approaches
  • English language support (for those that require this)
  • Postgraduate study in fashion
  • Fashion design assistant
  • Developing own label
  • Fashion designer
  • Product developer
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