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Award In Fashion Design Level 4 Menswear

6 Months, 6 Tuition hours plus 2 hours homework per week ..Tuesdays and Thursdays
Course Level
MQF/EQF Level 4 - 16 ECTS Certificate
School leaving certificate. O levels including English & Maths. MATSEC or equivalent.
A Further Education Programme. Accredited by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority

42 workshop lessons and 6 online classes, including designing, pattern making and sewing workshops   


Manzoni is part of the People learning tuition Centre, it 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 garment making lessons as well as online group lectures. 

This is mainly a workshop based class of 4 hours each. Our classes are hands on, we give individual attention to each and every student. We focus on nurturing the talent and develop it the best way possible. Our classes include designing the ideas, doing the patterns and sewing the samples, researching textiles and developing inspiration.

Classes are held on Tuesday's from 13:00pm-20:00 pm and Thursday's  from 9:00am-20:00pm, Times are set according to the student's time table.
classes are programmed on an individual basis,  6 hours of supervised Tuition plus 2 hours homework per week.  Most of the work and assignments are done during the classes. 

The course is divided into 3 main areas: 

  • Supporting student's creativity
  • Research and garment development 

  • Designsustainability, 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 clothes. 

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 story 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 

  • Debate 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 patternaccording 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 or 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. 

42 hours of Tuition plus 36 Practice hours

 power point presentations. Assignments 

This module is designed to release  creative garment ideas by drawing on paper or using computer softwareThe learner would need to learn how to sketch and designFocus 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. 


Individual workshop lessons 

 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  

12 hours of tuition plus 6 practice 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 liable. 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  

32 hours of tuition plus 24 Practice hours


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 and Module 5- Finding Inspiration: Making and marketing your collection

48 hours of Tuition plus 44 practice hours!

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. 


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: 


  • Fashion Sketchbook Male Figure Template: 440 Large Croquis for Easily Sketching Your Fashion Design Styles, Drawing Illustration, and Building Your Design Portfolio Paperback – August 13, 2019

  • Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear 5th Edition, by Winifred Aldrich (Author)

  • 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. 


International students: 

Identity Malta’s VISA requirement for third-country nationals

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