Award in Fashion Design MQF Level 4

Start Date
15 Jun 2022 , 12 Sep 2022 , 15 Nov 2022 , 19 Jan 2023
80 hours tuition, 12 online lessons, 22 pattern and garment making lessons
Course Level
MQF Level 4 - ECVET (16)
School leaving certificate. O levels including English & Maths. MATSEC or equivalent.
MQF Level 4 Certificate - MFHEA Approved

MQF Level 4 Certificate MFHEA Approved    


Manzoni is an evolving fashion school focusing on courses with a passion for positively developing our students and promoting an environmental consciousness. We guide our students by processing their creative ideas and enthusiasm for making clothesWe provide our learners with sound tuition and important skill tools to grow their styles into different garments. We cater for students who wish to create clothes in  women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear and accessories specialising in customised pattern making and sample making lessons as well as online group lectures including finalised mini collections. 

This is a blended course, consisting of 12 online group lessons of 2 hours each,24 lessons of 2:30 hoursface to face individual and group pattern making and sample sewing and collection sewing. Notes and workbooks are available. 

The course is divided into 3 main areas: 

  • Environmental Consciousness  
  • Research and garment development 

  • Design, sustainability, innovation 

 Manzoni is a school which adapts the approach according to the needs of our times focusing on the environmental impact and technology. Our mission is to educate our students to study and research, about how to reduce the carbon footprint and what is happening in the fashion industry giving importance to the methods and content of the raw materials. How is fabric madeWhat makes textiles sustainable? Is fair trade applied to all the workers involved in textile and garment production? What is the impact of fast fashionHow can we reduce the ecological consequence fashion pollution is leaving on the environment? How can we benefit from today’s technology with hands on solutions for waste clothing reduction? 

Students are given the opportunity to create their own mini collections. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Knowledge & Understanding: 


By the end of the course the learner will be able to: 

  • Comprehend the lines and proportions of the human figure for the creation of garments. 

  • Analyse through research various fashion styles, colours, forms, topics that inspire the student to create a mood board. 

  • Discuss current fashion trends and fashion influencers to create a styling Imager. 

  • Grasp the properties and after-care instructions of fabrics. 

  • Understand which fabrics can be sustainable 

  • Adapt a make, use, reuse, recycle mentality 

  • Refashion garments to make them more sustainable 

  • Discuss in teams the link between designs and pattern construction. 

  • Talk about the best designs and the weaker ones 

  • Discuss which looks have the best market potential 

  • Apply a process for creating a collection 

  • Sketch garment ideas on paper to start finalising some designs. 

  • Design complete looks from the pose templates  

  • Construct patterns according to your designs   

  • Calculate the sustainability of the textiles chosen for your collection. 

  • Name the fibre composition of the chosen textiles and record them 

  • Name the properties of the fabrics and the aftercare instructions and list them  

  • Sew garment samples of designs and select the best ones 

  • Create tech sheets of the chosen designs, put in a folder to start a fashion portfolio of designs 

  • Design an illustration of finalised sample and stick a fabric swatch to it 



By the end of the course the learner will be able to: 


  • Design fashion drawings on paper and digitally. 

  • Construct patterns related to the created designs. 

  • Acknowledge  the difference between fast fashion and sustainable fashion 

  • Create a sustainable collection with modern fabrics 

  • Project manage the design process from idea stage to garment stage 

  • Identify properties of fabrics to ensure practicality, wearability, and a positive experience for the user. 

  • Present mini complete collections, highlighting the inspiration, pattern construction, and fabric selection processes. 

  • Investigate different fashion brands, highlight  collections, identify their style, create styles for the brands. 


Course Outline: 

Drawing of the Human figure and from my wardrobe. 

 Online lessons  

3 online lessons of 2 hours each including a workbook, power point presentations. Assignments 

This module is designed to release  creative garment ideas by drawing on paper or using computer software. The learner would need to learn how to sketch and design. Focus is on developing important artistic skills, instructing the student to work on poses suitable for fashion designing, studying closely different textiles drawing techniques and how they drape on the body. 


6 Individual workshop lessons of 2:30hrs each. 

 Students will analyse the clothes they possess in their wardrobes, see which clothes they will keep, recycle some, upcycle others, and make new ones. To complete what is needed for the next seasonProject includes: 

  1. An upcycle design from ready made clothes. Draw 6 sketches and make one from the best design 

  1. Design the clothes needed. Draw 6 outfits and make the best one, 


Module 2. The difference between sustainable fibres and traditional fibres  

3 online lessons of 2 hours each-covering Natural plant-based, animal based, Synthetic, regenerated cellulose and sustainable fibres and alternatives. Fabric finishes and fabric care. 

Revision of the science of fibres and their composition. The main topics are divided in 2 sections: Sustainable fabrics and how this subject is evolving and traditional textiles. Manufacturers are always trying out new methods of how to make fibremore green, feasible and livable. Analysis of the eco and renewed fabrics that are on the market today and the known methods of textile making. The importance of ethical fashion by enhancing awareness to our future fashion designers. 


Module 3 - Clothes Design Development  

1 online lesson 2hrs 

6 individual workshop lessons 2:30 hours per workshop 

The saying 'Communication is key!" is very valid when one works in a team. Communication is not only verbal; this is especially important through work. To have the pattern maker and the seamstress understands the detail of your designs is of vital importance. To be clear and organised, you need to produce a clear and detailed design.  This module allows the learner to learn how to draw diverse types of stitches, darts, collars, sleeves hems, zips, buttons, waistbands, cuffs, etc. How to generate a tech sheet and develop different pattern variations for the skirt, bodice, trousers, and dress. 

Assignments include, pattern designing of garments and sample making. 



Module 4 - Finding Inspiration: 

1 online lesson 2 hours  

6 workshops 2:30 hours each. 

Students are given a title of inspiration and a guide of how a collection is planned. The important steps which need to be done to create a cohesive set of looks. We Work on timelines, styling imager, mood boards, colour palettes, pattern making, sample making, and tech sheets is carried out 

Students need to produce a mood board, write about their inspiration, describe who the collection is dedicated to, draw the looks, select the best 6 ones and produce a sample of the look. Develop a tech sheet. 


Module 5 Making and marketing your collection  

individual workshops  

4 Fashion Marketing lessons 

The student will be creating the final collection of 6 looks from the design to making stage, following the best practice processes and timelines performed during this course. This will be his/her debut to the fashion design world. In additionfashion marketing lessons will be covered following the importance and impact social media has on the fashion industry. 


Main Text Books: 


  • Tamar Daniel (2011) Fashion Sketchpad. 420 Figure Templates for Designing Clothes and Building Your Portfolio 

  • Helen Joseph Armstrong (2013) Patternmaking for Fashion Design 

  • Editors of Reader's Digest (2010)New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories Hardcover – Illustrated 

Other Text Books: 

  • Sandra Betzina (2017) All New Fabric Savvy -How to choose and use fabrics. 

  • Linda Lee (2018) Sewing Knits from Fit to Finish 

  • Pati Palmer, Marta Alto (2018) The Palmer Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting: Sew Great Clothes for Every Body. Fit Any Fashion Pattern 

  • J. Francois-Campbell (2016) Simple Tailoring & Alterations: Hems - Waistbands - Seams - Sleeves - Pockets - Cuffs - Darts - Tucks - Fastenings - Necklines – Linings 


Study - Unit Type = Lecture, workshops, Self Study, Teamwork Seminar 

Method of Assessment 

Module 1 - Assignment 40%, Presentation 60% 

Module 2 - Assignment 40% Presentation 60% 

Module 3 - Exam 1 50% Exam 2 50% 

Module 4 - 4 Assignment 25% each 

Module 5 - 2 Assignment 50% each & end of the course collection.


Career Progression:  Post Graduate Courses (fashion design, pattern making), assistant pattern maker, and an assistant seamstress. Also, it is a further stepping stone to Fashion Design Degree, and business venture. 


This course is eligible for both funding schemes below:

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Course Schedules

  15 Jun 2022 - 05 Apr 2023 €1,650.00

  12 Sep 2022 - 10 Jul 2023 €1,650.00

  15 Nov 2022 - 25 Sep 2023 €1,650.00

  19 Jan 2023 - 26 Oct 2023 €1,650.00

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