Diploma in Fashion Design
Do you have a unique sense of style? Are you passionate about fabrics and colors? Do you express yourself through your clothing? Then turn your passion into a chic career! In the Fashion Design diploma program at VCAD, you'll develop the skills to transform your creative ideas into beautiful garments and accessories so you can change the world through fashion.
This program will nurture your creativity while providing hands-on training with the tools and equipment used in the industry. You'll develop a solid foundation in the fundamentals of garment and apparel design, fashion merchandising, visual display techniques and fashion shows. By the end of the program, your portfolio will showcase your skill set, creative flare and unique fashion sense.
Career opportunities exist in several areas of the fashion industry as junior designers, stylists, pattern makers and wardrobe consultants. Fashion retailers may also require skilled professionals for positions such as marketing representatives, visual display coordinators and purchasers.
Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Apply fundamental design theory to fashion design problems.
- Apply knowledge and skills resulting from the study of modern fashion illustration, fashion design, design concepts and techniques in the creation of original garments that exceed industry design and quality standards.
- Understand the relationship between fashion illustration, apparel design and product development and be able to communicate effectively design ideas between various manufacturing, marketing and merchandising components of the industry.
- Make persuasive arguments that speak to how significant fashion trends and periods derive their origins from the past and subsequently influence the future.
- Describe the role fashion history plays in fashion styling, design and display.
- Construct and analyze garments so as to comment on the quality of construction, efficacy of the design, finishing techniques, and price point.
- Analyze different classifications of apparel: men’s, women’s and children’s and discount in regard to price points, fit, construction and the market.
- Understand the product development, apparel production, and textile life cycles in the context of their impact on design, merchandising and marketing.
- Describe the importance of fashion forecasting, on the design, marketing and merchandising of apparel.
- Development a portfolio containing original design work, flats and specifications, photographs, a promotional kit and a final themed collection consisting of at least four original garments.