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The Comprehensive Fashion Design Course (SEG Level 2 Award)

This highly practical course (Level 2 – Accreditation) is perfect for students with a keen interest in fashion themes and concept development. This course will teach students how to use visual research to develop a personal design aesthetic leading to the making of original fashion pieces.

Course overview


Autumn term
Wednesday 6 October – Wednesday 8 December 2021 plus Saturday 13 November

Spring term
Wednesday 26 January – Wednesday 30 March 2022 plus Saturday 05 March

Summer term
Wednesday 6 April – Wednesday 8 June 2022 plus Saturday 21 May

30 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00
3 Saturday sessions (1 per term) 09.30-16.30


Gillian Kelly


Course details

Students will examine design icons from the world of fashion and be guided through the process of exploration, research and questioning ideas and processes that lead to original design work and discovering their own fashion identity.

This course is ideal for students who have already completed the ‘Clothes Making – An Introduction’ short course, or you may already possess intermediate sewing skills. It aims to give students an insight into essential design and production skills required for work in the fashion industry or for progression onto further academic studies. The qualification will enable learners to understand and explore how to design, plan, and make garments along with learning skills such as pattern cutting, fitting and finishing.

Through a series of workshops, project-based sessions and demonstrations, students will understand how to plan and produce a range of fashion garments. It will also cover key essential skills for employability within the fashion industry including illustrated fashion design, fabrics and trimmings, pattern cutting and garment manufacture.

Your course tutor will teach and support you in a creative and friendly environment through practical demonstrations, research and hands-on making. Assessment will be practical and feedback will be given on a regular basis.

Basic materials and equipment will be provided, but you will need to buy your own selected fabrics to make your garments. At the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of equipment you will need such as sketchbook, fabric shears.

By the end of the course, you will be able to conduct and interpret research to generate fashion design ideas, demonstrate an understanding of the fashion design process through illustrated fashion designs and produce finished fashion products.

  • Introduction and setting the brief
  • How to use visual research and inspiration to develop a personal design identity
  • How to turn ideas into creative concepts
  • Individual project-based assignments
  • Creative Pattern cutting
  • Construction workshops using industrial sewing machines
  • Professional presentation skills
  • Creating Mood boards
  • Colour and fabric combination workshops
  • Complete all work ready for assessment

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Gillian Kelly

Technician Demonstrator Gill Kelly has had a varied career in fashion over many years working for different companies in pattern cutting...

The course aims to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of all fashion practices
  • Develop your understanding of different influences, styles and trends
  • Enhance your ability to visually communicate your ideas
  • Provide expert support and enable you to increase your confidence through feedback in discussions with the tutor and the group
  • Provide you with the essential skills to move into the professional arena or apply for FE/HE enhanced studies

Students who complete this 1-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria shall be awarded a ‘Level 2’ Skills & Education Group certificate.

Ideally you would have completed our 10-week ‘Clothes Making – An Introduction’ short course or have equivalent understanding of the subject. Please contact the Short Course team if you wish to clarify if this course is appropriate for you.

The minimum age for this course is 19 years.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Details on what to bring will be published soon.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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