The Diploma in Fashion Design is a programme that develops students’ capability in international fashion and retail industry. Fashion is an international industry which demands talented fashion designers who are able to innovate and develop creative designs that can compete in the global market.
The Fashion Design programme responds to the direct needs of the global industry. The diploma emphasises innovation and creativity in Fashion Design while providing students the technical knowledge necessary for a successful entry into the fashion industry. That is, to produce graduates who have an all-round talent in the fashion industry – from fashion design, manufacturing and retail design to merchandising and fashion management. Students are also exposed to fashion photography and journalism as an extra advantage.
The three-year program ensures students will have a firm foundation in research, design methodology and practical skills in drawing, communications and fashion designing. Students will be introduced to the skills of construction in sewing, flat pattern drafting and illustration. Field trips to showrooms, museums and factories help to broaden students’ knowledge of the fashion industry, as do special projects and lectures by guest speakers.
The program is very hands-on and students are expected to make their own garments collection. This includes all designs worn to create a statement about the individual. It incorporates all production activities which include the manipulation and experimentation of textiles and trims to generate ideas that will then be translated into three-dimensional form through pattern drafting and/or draping and sewing.