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Fashion Designing Syllabus

Syllabus for Diploma in Fashion Designing is split into 3 modules. In the first module, you learn the basic concepts of designing, introduction to various parts of the sewing machine, different types of tools used for designing, how to cut patterns on paper, elements of fashion, the evolution of fashion, fashion cycle, basic embroidery stitches etc. This module also teaches you different methods to figure out common issues in a sewing machine and how to rectify them. Second module starts with the psychology of colours. Further you learn principles of designs exploring the history of various costumes in different parts of the World. It also covers different types of sleeves, collars, pockets, plackets, necklines, pleats and tucks. As you progress towards the 3rd module, you learn step by step procedures in a garment industry. By the end of this course you will be capable of designing and executing your own designs.
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Subjects in Fashion Designing

1. Pattern Making
Syllabus for Pattern Making
Pattern Making is the art of controlling, shaping and moulding a piece of fabric to comply with one or more curves of the human figure. It is the major bridge between design and production. It deals with patterns, grains and different formulas to make pieces of clothing for various body sizes. It starts with a prototype (sketch) which is turned into a garment via a pattern which interprets the design in the form of the garment components. It is very useful for mass production of garments as it is based on standard measurements and formulas. Pattern making helps you in obtaining a perfect fit for a garment and saves a lot of time for repeated usage. The procedure known as "Grading" can be used for making new patterns, proportionately larger or smaller in size which saves time and effort.
2. Illustration
Syllabus for Illustration
Illustration also known as Sketching or Fashion Illustration is the art of communicating ideas into a visual form with the help of drawings, sketching and coloring. As soon as an idea develops in the mind of a fashion designer, he sketches it on a piece of paper. Further necessary changes are made to this sketch, to form a perfect design. This illustration makes it easier and helps to communicate your ideas with your team. It helps in reducing wastage as designers visualize thoughts and make alterations before going to actual clothing. Flat sketches are black and white drawings of garments with details like stitching, styling etc and later the colors are added to represent the complete garment. Nowadays Adobe Illustrator is included as the part of Computer-aided design (CAD) that helps artists to create professional standard vector graphics.
3. Design Concept
Syllabus for Design Concept
The term Concept in Design Concept literally means an abstract idea. But for designers, it is a set of steps of how to ideate a design. It involves research, analysis, visualisation and through understanding of the customer. Design concept helps you in developing design strategies to approach garment design in a conceptual way. It allows you to understand a variety of design processes which enhances your imagination to create better designs. Through discussions, conceptualisation and inspiration you gain ability to visulize a garment 3-dimensionally and helps students to think and re-explore conceptual design ideas with respect to the current fashion trends.
4. Clothing Construction
Syllabus for Clothing Construction
Clothing Construction also known as Garment Construction is basically the skill to sew a garment. It requires in-depth knowledge about fabrics, principles of construction to make it fit well. A costume is constructed by cutting the fabric into different parts according to a finalised pattern which fits the human form and then joining the different parts together by sewing. Clothing construction includes cutting, pattern use, fabric layout, machine sewing, hand stitches as well as finishing to create prefectly good looking garments.
5. Surface Ornamentation
Syllabus for Surface Ornamentation
Surface Ornamentation is the decorative art used on the surface of the garment which makes the garment look more attractive and beautiful. The main idea of decorating fabric is to add an element of interest. Sequins, beads, threads, mirrors, wires, pipes or tubes, buttons, nets etc are the materials used to enhance the look of a costume. It not only includes different kind of traditional embroderies and stitches but also focuses on other areas like ribbon work, mirror work, fabric painting, warli painting, tie and dye, patch work etc. Additions to fabric can take the form of nearly anything, from the addition of pure stitching to other fabrics, glasses, precious stones, metals, wood and animal products.
6. Textile Science
Syllabus for Textile Science
Textile Science deals with production and properties of various synthetic, natural fibres, apparels, fabrics and different types of yarns. It helps you to learn more about the manufacturing aspects of clothing and textiles. You also get an in-depth knowledge about the various testing techniquies for different types of fabrics. The other areas where Textile Science focus are sustainability, waste management and keeping the environment safe by the use of eco-friendly materials. When it comes to textile designing you also learn different types of printing and dyeing methods.
7. Garment Industry
Syllabus for Garment Industry
Garment Industry is the complete life-cycle of a garment. It is responsible for taking a raw material like cotton, wool or silk and spinning it into yarn that is later used to create a fabric. The process includes Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Printing, Finishing and manufactoring of garments. In this subject you get in-depth knowledge about the flow in a garment industry starting from starting from the initial stages of sketching an idea or a design. The next steps after sketching are pattern design, sample making, creating production pattern, grading, marker planning, spreading, cutting, sorting, bundling, sewing, inspection, pressing, finishing, final inspection and packing.
8. History of Costumes
Syllabus for History of Fashion
The evolution of costumes began when humans needed a layer of protection from the climatic changes. The Chinese and the Greek play a major role in the theory of Origin of fashion. People started using animal skin and fur to protect their body from the cold atmosphere. The history what we know today has emerged after a long process of evolution. The evolution of costume changed drastically after the 1st World War. History of fashion generally considers fashion synonymous with stylistic change. In this subject you learn the history of Indian costume and traditional jewellery. It also covers details about the history of French, Greek, Americian and Egyptian costumes.

Activities & Other Events

Syllabus of Fashion Designing is not just the regular curriculum but it goes beyond the textbooks. Fashion Designing course at Waves Institute also provides activities outside the campus. The fashion world is moving at a great pace as each day starts with something new and all these updates cannot be included in the students' curriculum. interactive learning experiences inside as well outside the classroom environment
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Detailed Syllabus for Fashion Designing

Syllabus - Module 1
Clothing Construction
  • Sewing machine parts
  • Faults and rectifications
  • Sewing equipments
  • Basic hand stitches
Surface Ornamentation
  • Basic embroidery stitches
    (50 numbers)
  • Decorative stitches
History of Fashion
  • Introduction
  • History of Indian Costume
  • Traditional Jewellery of India
Pattern Making
  • Standard measurements
  • Technical terms in tailoring
  • How to take body measurements
  • Child's bodice block
  • Different types of child's sleeves, collars, skirts, jump suit
  • Layout of frock
  • Submission of record
Textile Science
  • Introduction
  • Fibre, Yarn, Fabric
Design Concept
  • Introduction
  • Elements of fashion
  • Fashion terminology
  • Fashion cycle
  • Free hand sketching
  • Stick figure
  • Block figure
  • Fleshing the figure
Syllabus - Module 2
Design Concept
  • Colours
  • Psychology of colours
  • Elements of design
  • Principle of design
History of Fashion
  • History of Americian costume
  • History of French costume
Clothing Construction
  • Different types of seams
  • Plackets, Pockets
  • Necklines, Pleats, Tucks
Pattern Making
  • Petticoat
  • Adult's bodice block
  • Different types of sleeves, collars salwars, kameez, nighty, gown
Surface Ornamentation
  • Traditional handwork of different states of India
  • Metal Embroidery
  • Ribbon and Mirror Work
  • Warli painting and Tie & Dye
Textile Science
  • Fabric finishing
  • Methods of dyeing
  • Methods of printing
  • Weight distribution
  • Draw head and hairstyles
  • Pencil shading
  • Textures
  • Dress draping
Syllabus - Module 3
Design Concept
  • Silhouettes and figures
  • Classification of skirts
  • Necklines collars, sleeves
  • Portfolio presentation
Garment Industry
  • Industrial garment production
  • Designing and marker planning
  • Merchandising
  • Quality controlling
  • Marketing & product costing
  • Stylization
  • Colouring
  • Accessories
  • Basic garment shapes
Pattern Making
  • Sari Blouse
  • Kurtas, Pyjama
  • Gent's shirt and pants
History of Fashion
  • History of Greek costume
  • History of Egyptian costume
Surface Ornamentation
  • Different methods of Fabric painting
Clothing Construction
  • Garment stitching of designer frock, skirt & top, salwar & kameez, sari blouse
Course Duration :    1 year
Certificate Type :    Diploma
Eligibility :    12th or Equivalent
Course Type :    Full-time / Part-time
Examination Type :    Annually
Age Limitation :    No
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  • How long does it usually take to complete the course?
    You need to attend 10 months classes and the final examinations are usually held by the 12th month.
  • Is this course full time or part time?
    Hey, you are lucky! We have both options for you. You can either opt for a full time or a part time course.
  • Does institute provide hostel facility for outstation students?
    Yes, we provide hostel facility too. You can opt for within campus or outside campus hostels.
  • Are placements provided for students?
    Yes, we provide placement assistance for students in well reputed firms in the fashion industry
  • Are online classes sufficient for learning Fashion Designing?
    No, Fashion Designing is a practically oriented course. With the increasing popularity of the internet, many colleges are providing online programs. Online programs mostly focus on retail management, retail merchandising and business side of fashion. If your real aim is to become a fashion designer and showcase your talent to the world, a regular course has many advantages...
    Benefits of Campus program over Online course
    • In-depth knowledge about textiles and fabrics
    • Learn mannequin draping and how designers drape a model
    • Hands-on experience with various tools used in the fashion industry
    • Group activity helps in understanding concepts better and faster
    • Interaction among students and faculty helps you in building creative ideas
    • Direct interaction between the faculty and the students during practicals
    • Immediate help is available for resolving doubts
  • Is prior knowledge in stitching, sketching or painting essential?
    No, you can join this course even without any knowledge in stitching, painting or sketching. Every subject starts from the basics and with each module you advance towards the next step till you become an expert.
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