Diploma in Fashion Design

Fashion Design Level 5 by ABC Awards, CPD Accredited |110 CPD Credits | Tutor Support, Study Material & Exam included

Brentwood Open learning College


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Study method
Online, self-paced
110 Hours
No formal qualification
110 CPD hours / points
Endorsed by ABC Awards
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5

Certificate of achievement in Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5. Additional CPD Accredited Certificate with 200 CPD points available with no extra study. Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5. Endorsed Fashion Design Certificate of Achievement. Pick up the skills, industry insights and confidence needed to break into the contemporary fashion industry, with this exclusive Level 5 Diploma in Fashion Design!

Diploma in Fashion Design

Learn how to bridge the gap between ambitious amateur and established professional, studying the most important elements and principles of Fashion Design, the essentials of dress design, a breakdown of the design process, Fashion sketching, an introduction to key sewing skills and how to run a successful Fashion Design business. Whether looking to join an established Fashion house or start your own Fashion Design business from scratch, you’ll be a step closer to making it happen with our Level 5 Diploma in Fashion Design!


Endorsed by ABC Awards


110 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Standards Office

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Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5

Interested in joining one of the world’s most dynamic, enjoyable and prosperous creative industries? For millions of ambitious amateurs worldwide, the dream is to transform their passion for Fashion into a rewarding career for life. Unfortunately, the vast majority take no decisive action to make it happen. On a global basis, demand for talented Fashion designers is at an all-time high. Hence, there’s really never been a better time to take the first important step towards the creative career of your dreams!

Fashion Design - Course Benefits

When studying for an intermediate Diploma in Fashion Design with Brentwood Open Learning College, every learner benefits from:

  1. The opportunity to study in your own time and at your own pace for a endorsed certificate from a recognised awarding body.
  2. No deadlines, time limitations or geographical restrictions whatsoever – study from anywhere in the world at a pace that suits you.
  3. Complete access to all the materials and resources you will need to complete the course – no additional costs and unbeatable value for money.
  4. The complete commitment of the Brentwood Open Learning College support team, along with your own personally-assigned tutor.
  5. Transform your passion into a career and explore the inspiring world of the professional fashion designer.

Fashion Design - Learning Objectives

This accessible, enjoyable Diploma in Fashion Design has been designed to help ambitious candidates traverse the gap between passionate hobbyist and professional fashion designer. Each module has been designed to introduce the most important core aspects of the Fashion Design industry, along with the skills and talents every working designer must master. Perfect for those looking to join the industry for the first time, our exclusive Fashion Design - Course is also ideal for existing members of the workforce looking to take their careers to a higher level.

Over the Diploma in Fashion Design course of eleven informative modules, learners are introduced to the contemporary Fashion Design industry and its recent evolution. The concept of the fashion cycle is explored in-depth, along with the basics of fashion forecasting, the most important elements and principles of design, material selection, working with colour, the basics of dress design and an introduction to essential sewing skills.

Upon successful completion of this Diploma in Fashion Design, candidates take away the most essential industry-specific skills, talents and knowledge including:

  • A detailed understanding of the contemporary fashion industry
  • How to work with the most important elements and principles of design
  • Advanced understanding of colours in fashion design
  • Important fashion forecasting skills
  • Improved sewing skills for practical application
  • The confidence to pursue a career in fashion design

Fashion Design Diploma - Course Outline

This intensive yet digestible Fashion Design - Course is delivered across eleven modules – each concluding with an online assessment to verify your acquired knowledge and competencies. Your assigned tutor will provide you with comprehensive support at all times, in order to assist with your successful completion of each unit.

Module 1 - Introduction to Fashion Design

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Key Terms of Fashion Design
  • Chic
  • Collection
  • Fashion shows
  • Classification of Fashion
  • Key Areas in Fashion Forecasting
  • Key Areas in Fashion Forecasting
  • Fashion Cycles
  • Consumer Identification with Fashion Cycles
  • Plus more

Module 2 - Elements of Design

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Introduction to Design
  • Elements of Design
  • Application of Line in Garments
  • Types of Design
  • Plus more

Module 3 - Principles of Design

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Harmony / Unity
  • Proportion or Scale
  • Rhythm (Repetition)
  • Plus more

Module 4 - Dress Designing Essentials

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Choice of Material
  • Choice of Colour
  • Choosing the Design or Structure
  • Decoration
  • Unusual Figures
  • Plus more

Module 5 - Colour & Dress Designing

This module covers the following key topics:

  • The Prang Colour System
  • Dimensions of Colour
  • Intensity
  • Colour Harmonies
  • Application of Colour on Fashion Figure
  • Basic Principles of Colour in Design
  • Application of Colour on Dress Designing
  • Plus more

Module 6 - The Design Process

This module covers the following key topics:

  • How Designers Work
  • Basic Requirements of a Designer
  • Theme Based - Designing Fashion Illustrations
  • Plus more

Module 7 - Fashion Sketching

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Materials for Sketching
  • Portions of the Human Figure
  • Fashion Sketches - Head and Face
  • Plus more

Module 8 - Working with Patterns

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Types of Paper Patterns
  • Understanding Grain
  • Darts
  • Manual Grading
  • Plus more

Module 9 - Sewing Basics (i)

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Importance of Body Measurements
  • Boys And Men’s Measurements
  • Standardizing Body Measurements
  • Head Theory
  • Preparation Of Fabric For Cutting
  • Steps in Preparing the Fabric for Cutting
  • Plus more

Module 10 - Sewing Basics (ii)

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Stitches, Seams and Seam Finishes
  • Hand Sewing Techniques
  • Seams
  • Plus more

Module 11 - Running the Fashion Design Business

This module covers the following key topics:

  • Financing for the Manufacturer
  • Purchasing of Piece Goods
  • Trimmings
  • Piece Goods Inspection
  • Production Scheduling
  • Planning and Direction
  • Fashion Advertising
  • Degree of Fashion Leadership
  • Study of Customer Requirements
  • The Designer and Quality Control
  • Plus more

Who is this course for?

Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5

Our endorsed Diploma in Fashion Design designed by a team of respected academics and industry leaders – was designed to inspire and motivate a new generation of fashion designers worldwide. Anyone interested in transforming their passion into a rewarding career for life could find this endorsed course invaluable. When it comes to stepping out of amateur hour and into professional fashion design for the first time, targeted studies can make all the difference.

Brentwood Open Learning College was established to provide ambitious candidates worldwide with every opportunity to pursue the careers of their dreams. Our courses are open to learners on a global basis, with absolutely no deadlines or time restrictions to worry about. Regardless of your current schedule, our popular Diploma in Fashion Design can be studied in your own time and at your own pace. Access all course materials and learning resources via our innovative 24/7 digital learning platform, with the ongoing support of your personally-assigned tutor from start to finish.

Regardless of how ambitious your long-term career dreams may be, Brentwood Open Learning College is here to help make them happen!

  • Anyone interested in turning a hobby into a career
  • Candidates interested in a career in fashion design
  • Individuals looking to set up their own fashion business
  • Existing fashion workers seeking promotion
  • Fashion workers looking to improve their skills and competencies
  • Senior fashion workers wishing to improve performance and efficiency


No particular entry requirement.

OPTION-I: Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards

On course completion, learner can claim endorsed certificate by paying £120 accreditation fee+postal charges.

Certificate of course Completion

Soft copy :£15

Hard copy of this certificate you will pay £25

OPTION-II: CPD Certificate

CPD Standards Office Accredited Certificate can be claimed on course completion, which will be issued in association with Oxford Home Study (PDF format or hard copy)

CPD Accredited Diploma (PDF format)=£30

CPD Accredited Diploma (Hard copy)=£95

Postage Charges:

National £9

International £15

Career path

Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5

Upon successful completion of our Fashion Design Diploma, candidates may choose to pursue an extensive range of careers including:

  • Graphic-Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Head of Design
  • Head of Marketing
  • HR Manager
  • HR Advisor
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Junior Buyer
  • Junior Designer
  • Production Assistant
  • Product Developer
  • QA Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Store Manager

Questions and answers

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Edward asked:

Hello. Will I get level 5 certificate of Fashion design including with course price or shall I pay for certificate separately? If so, how much?


Dear Edward, On course completion, a certificate of completion will be sent to you by email. Students can claim endorsed certificate by paying £120 accreditation fee. Certificate postal charges are £9 for UK residents and £15 for the non-UK students.

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Agata asked:

Does the whole course of 350 hours cost £ 50? How strong must be knowledge of English? Will there be any face to face conversations on the course?


Yes, this is the cost for the complete Diploma in Fashion Design course. The course has been specially written for home study so if you have basic English language skills you can easily complete the course. There are no face to face conversations on the course.

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Lesley Margiotta asked:

It is essential to have a fashion design qualification to become a fashion buyer?


Dear Lesley, If you buy this course you will learn about all the elements and principles of design. You will learn how to make perfect and well balanced designs by applying all those fashion design elements and principles. As a fashion designer you will know the market trends to stay in touch with the latest fashions. This all will happen if you have qualification regarding to fashion design.

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claricek asked:

i just wanted to double check if the course is all online meaning i do not have to attend college as i work full time?


Dear Claricek, Yes, this is an online course programme you do not need to attend college. Once enrolled, you will get access to our Learning Management System (LMS). All our study material, additional learning material, and useful links are available online on our LMS from where you can download the study material and assignments.

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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