Fashion Designer Certificate Course Online

What Is Included in the Fashion Designer Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Fashion Designer Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Fashion Designer Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2022 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Fashion Designers for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Fashion Designer Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Fashion Designer (e-book edition)



Become a Fashion Designer

You will learn: what a fashion designer does, how to develop your skills to succeed in a fashion design career, how to get hired for a job in fashion design, and how to start your own fashion design business and get clients.

What Happens in the Fashion Designer Certificate Course

The Fashion Designer Certificate course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Fashion Designer). Unlike some other fashion designing courses, this course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Fashion Designing Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Fashion Designer Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Fashion Designer Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Fashion Designer Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

Topics covered in the Fashion Designing Course include the following:

An Overview of the Fashion Design Industry

  • Customer Motivations
  • Who’s Who (and Where) in Fashion Design
  • Fashion Seasons and Cycles
  • The Categories of Fashion
  • Producing Garments from Design through Execution

Developing Your Skills

  • Identifying Trends and Enhancing Your Creativity
  • Sketching by Hand versus Computer-Aided Design
  • Identifying and Acquiring Textile and Sewing Knowledge
  • Formal and Informal Ways to Hone Your Skills

Getting Hired as a Fashion Designer

  • Types of Employers and Responsibilities of Design Employees
  • Entry-Level Positions in Apparel and the Best Ways to Find Job Openings
  • Preparing Your Portfolio and Theme Boards
  • Powerful Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews and References

Starting Your Own Fashion Design Business

  • Choosing a Niche
  • Your Business Plan
  • Start-Up Budgeting and Funding
  • Choosing a Name and Trademarking Your Label
  • Supplies and Equipment for Design and for Manufacture
  • Finding and Choosing Employees, Contractors and Manufacturers

Marketing Your Designs

  • Define Your Target Market and Leverage Your Unique Selling Point
  • Industry Tools for Fashion Design
  • Website, Catalogs and Other Marketing Tools
  • Advertising and Free Publicity
  • Private Clients, Boutiques, Department Stores or Online?
  • Three Types of Shows
  • Consignment, Payment, Returns, Sample Sales and Many Other Topics


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