Fashion Design Distance Course

Full Colour Printed Tutorial BookletsThe fashion industry offers exciting and glamorous career paths. Fashion is forever changing and reinventing old looks to create new trends. The fashion design distance course is aimed at aspiring fashion designers.

The course shows how designs can be created through a systematic process of research and development. We will take you through the process of finding inspiration, developing your creative side, drawing and illustrating, creating a portfolio of designs, working to a brief, understanding and evaluating a client, designing a cohesive collection, understanding the market – what sells, what styles work on different bodies.

We will show you how to plan and design a successful range, how to design flamboyant one off pieces, and a cohesive collection. You will be taken through every step from inspiration to the final garment, how to communicate your ideas from the illustration stage through to production and the finished garment.

The course includes instructional DVD’s that will show you how to draw the fashion figure, colour and render different fabrics. You will be able to practice while watching your teacher guide you through the process step by step as many times as you like.

You will learn about styling, the different types of stylists – editorial, show, make-over and commercial. How to create total looks for clients, photo-shoots and creating themes. You will learn how to conduct wardrobe and image consultations. If you are particularly interested in styling, you should check out the 'Styling for Fashion Image and Media Distance Course'.

Through the course you will complete practical assignments, that will help you develop and apply your new design and styling skills. By completing these practical assignments, we are able to assess you on nationally recognised units of competency and students who successfully complete the course will receive a Statement of Attainment which will allow students direct credit when applying for further study in Fashion Design in the VET sector.

Topic Areas Covered:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Drawing the fashion figure
  • Rendering fabrics on the fashion model
  • Roles of the fashion stylist
  • The design process
  • Developing a fashion range
  • Portfolio presentation
  • Developing a theme
  • Colour Analysis
  • Finding industry contacts
  • Understanding body shapes and figure flattery
  • Creating mood boards
  • Fabric knowledge
  • Designing to a brief
  • Client analysis
  • Conducting client consultations
  • Client personalities
  • Finding work in the industry
  • Starting your own business

What You Will Receive:

We have developed the course so that it is suitable for visual learners – as most creative students learn best through visual learning methods. This course has been developed to be more than just a collection of written manuals and assignments. Each tutorial is colourful and exciting with pictures so that you will enjoy the learning process. You will receive DVD’s with selected tutorials, that will allow you to watch your tutor as they instruct you on drawing and rendering techniques. You will be able to watch these DVD’s over and over to practise your skills until you become confident.

You will receive an equipment pack, with all the materials you will need to complete the course, including:

  • A set of 12 watercolour paints
  • A set of 12 watercolour pencils
  • Size 4 and 12 Round paint brushes
  • A4 Visual Art Diary
  • A4 Bank Layout Pad
  • Fashion figure templates
  • DVD’s & CD-ROM’s
  • 5 Tutorial booklets - in colour
  • Reply Paid Envelopes (postage within Australia)

Equipment Pack


This course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework and covers the following units of competency from the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Merchandising course.

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  • MSTFD2005: Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD3004: Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTGN2011: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • MSTFD4002: Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development
  • MSTFD4003: Assist in preparation of preliminary design concepts

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the above units of competency.


Study at Your Own Pace:

The course has been designed so that students may complete the course in their own time, at a pace suitable for them. You may take up to two years to complete the course or finish in as little as 12 months. This gives students the flexibility to study when it is convenient for them, without having to adjust their lives around attending classes.

For more information about this course, please phone us on (07) 55 938 335.

Course Fees

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $1,950.00
  • Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: $400.00
  • Balance paid over 24 weeks: $64.583333/week over 24 weeks.

* Extra postage charges apply for postage outside of Australia. Please contact us by email to find out the postage costs to your country.

Please note: as this is a self paced course students will not be eligible for Centerlink payments for studying.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment:

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How do I Enrol?

You can start anytime, so enrol now to get started! Please allow at least two weeks for receipt of your first tutorial for postage within Australia.

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