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Award in Advanced Fashion Design (MQF Level 5, 20 ECTS)

Start Date
Main Instructor Maria.V.Manzoni, including work placements with local fashion establishments
Part -time : 1 Year – 10% online 90% Face to face
Course Level
MQF 5, 20 ECTS
6 O levels including English, Art, Maths and Marketing, ECDL and Level 4 foundation Award in Fashion Design or the equivalent
MQF LEVEL 5 Award Certificate

Tuition Hours -200

Supervised hours -168

Self-study hours -88

Assessment hours – 44


Overall Program Description

This course is a follow up of the Foundation Course in Fashion Design Level 4. This course is aimed to help and assist the student in designing and producing a group of garments from what inspires them, finding more balance lines and to produce all the ideas in their head, in a structural and professional manner, including all processes and educational tools which are required in the industry. The student will build on the foundations of pattern making, using a sewing machine and technical sheets to  further develop the principles of fashion design. The aim of this course is to develop a skill set which will allow the student to create and design a collection of clothing and bring out their style.

This is an intensive course designed to develop fashion design ideas, focusing on the advancement of the student’s creations to ease the necessary processes. Subjects include stylisation and promotional drawing, drawings of textures and non textured fabric and textile design techniques, use of CAD software, tech sheets, pattern making, garment making, researching creativity, colour trends and textile design, pattern designing, textile science and technology, sewing techniques and perfecting mood boards.

Students will be able to take part in projects related to designing and making garments for organised events. Including case studies.

We cater for students who wish to create garments for men, women and children’s fashion and accessories.

Students can demonstrate the clothes they created through public events that are organised. They will be given the space needed to show off their own personal style and talent. Will take to the public and get feedback and recognition.

 Structure Of Programme

Part time program- The learner is given individual attention and the ability to create garments with their own style.

Module 1 –Duration 15 weeks. Face to face workshops –

3 hours per lesson plus 1 hour non supervised hours . Twice a week. 120 workshop hours. Held face to face in a fully equipped work room.

 Module 2-17 weeks .3 hours per lesson plus 1 hour non supervised hours136 hours workshop. Held face to face in a fully equipped work room

Module 3- 32 hours held online. 8 weeks, twice a week. Held online 2 hours per lesson

Module 4- 18 weeks 3 hours per lesson plus 1 hour non supervised hours 144 hrs workshop Held face to face in a fully equipped work room.








Target Group

This course attracts mainly the following target groups.

  • The student who has completed the foundation course in fashion design. Who wants to continue at a more advanced level.

The adult who always wanted to pursue a career in fashion.

Students are exposed to a fully equipped sewing room which they can utilise. This consists of computerised sewing machines and scanners, where students can embroider their own personalised designs. Other machines are for finishing off the garments. 


Module 1 

Designing for a fashion collection

Total Hours of learning = 150

The first module is aimed at developing the ideas and style each learner has in their head for a fashion collection that will be presented at the end of the course. It is essential for the fashion designer to communicate her/his style through different sketches and illustrations. We work together with the student giving several case studies, on real scenarios. looking at the lifestyles on different sectors in the market where the learner will work on different collections for men, women, or children. Will be investigating with contrasting textile drawing techniques and how they fall on the human body. Experimenting with capsule wardrobes, different lengths of clothing and forms. The students will achieve this skill set to illustrate in several ways, the visual interpretation of their style and ideas and clothes they wish to promote.


The learner is given the opportunity to bring how the fashion he/she always wanted to wear. The opportunity to show his/her style and propose it to others.

Individual attention is given to each student and there will be up to 8 students per class. The Learner is shown examples of textile techniques. Every time the work is done a log is created of the methods and steps taken. Lesson plans are given to the students and they work accordingly

Digital mood boards via mood board apps or done manually  and CAD  drawings are demonstrated through CAD software which prepares them for the industry.

Manual drawings are done using alcohol based markers and pencil colours 


  1. Creating a set of clothes made with different textiles=50%
  1. Assignment Drawing of 4 complete looks, drawn as a group with different poses= Assessment 25% pencil sketches with Balance lines. 25% on finished drawings


Module 2

Pattern designing for a fashion collection

The second important process of fashion design is the making of patterns. In this module we build on the foundation level of pattern making and make the pattern blocks and the pattern variations in a step by step format through flat pattern cutting, draping and students are introduced to the CAD software.  Students are required to bring their designs to the workroom so we can analyse which pattern is used and manipulated to realise their creation .

Total Hours of learning = 150

This course is mainly given as a workshop in the pattern making workroom.

The tutor together with the student discuss the design in hand made by the student and analyse which foundation pattern to use to construct the pattern according to the image given. The students starts making the pattern with the guidance of the teacher, using the pattern making tools needed.  When the pattern is complete a test fit is produced to check for defects etc.

Individual attention is given to each student and there will be up to 8students per class.

Use  OF CAD Software is also introduced for Pattern Making 


  1. Pattern Designing the skirt/ shorts = Assessment 20%
  2. Pattern Designing trousers =. Assessment 20%
  3. Pattern Designing Bodice = Assessment 20%
  4. Pattern Designing Dress=Assessment 20%
  5. Pattern Designing Shirt = Assessment 20%


Module 3

The study and science of fibres

This module focuses on the raw materials, chemicals, processes, and energy needed to produce a fibre. How can the fashion industry help reduce its carbon footprint? What is fast fashion and slow fashion and what negative impacts are they giving to the environment? 


Online lessons via Microsoft teams include:

Power point presentations about different fibres, fabrics, and their properties. Students interact online and some lessons are put in break rooms. Reels and videos are shown of how different fibre is turned into fabric. Usage of digital whiteboards for diagrams for visual and further explanation. After every subject we have a Quiz, the students are put in groups and for the winning group there is a little prize. 

Total Hours of learning = 50


Exam 1- 25%  

Exam 2- 25% 

Assignments 50%

Module 4

Sewing of Garments

The final module of the course, the learner is expected to sew his/her own creations. Lessons are performed in a fully equipped sewing workroom and the student is taught how to sew his/her own garments. With supervision the clothes are seamed to the best quality possible. The design and finished garment need to be in sync, if there has been a slight alteration along the process, it would then need to be adjusted. Between four to six garments are presented for the final assessment.

Total Hours of learning = 150

Workshop style – Students are exposed to a fully equipped sewing room with all the machinery and equipment at their disposal. A tutor will be supervising the students and they will be exposed to new tasks.

The learner will get to use computerised sewing machines, embroidery machines, cover locks, knitting machines, steam press. Use of sewing equipment and accessories 


project work – 50%  Assignment -50%

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