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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 formulae 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 formulae. 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 thorough 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 fit 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 perfectly 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, tubes, buttons, nets etc are the materials used to enhance the look of a costume. It not only includes different kind of traditional embroideries 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 manufacturing of garments. In this subject you get an 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.
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Activities & Other Events

Brainstorming Sessions
Group activities such as Brainstorming are conducted to figure out a solution from generating ideas on a particular topic. Group activity makes it interesting as students join together to think critically and imaginatively to come up with solutions. Each student gets a chance to share his/her view points, discuss and clarify over other's thoughts. This helps in the development of practical thoughts and creative thinking which is most important to resolve issues.
Industrial Visits
Industrial visit is one of the most important part of the Fashion Designing course, during which students visit garment industries and get insight knowledge on the internal working environment of the company. It also provides an idea on how industries work and students learn useful information related to the practical aspects of the course which cannot be visualized from leactures in classrooms. It helps students to gain hands-on experience of the internal working environment. They learn how operations are executed in industries which resolve the gap between theoretical training and practical learning in a real-life environment. Students are also able to identify their prospective areas of work as they become more aware of industry’s practices and regulations. Industrial visits widen the outlook of students with exposure of different roles in various industries.
Students Seminars
Students conduct seminar sessions which help them to attain information about the latest trends, designs and technologies in the Fashion Industry. They share their views and thoughts on topics outside the curriculum related to the Fashion World. It also is the right platform by which students can build skills for public speaking and presentations.
Mannequin Draping Session
Draping is a technique that has been used from a very long time. Draping is the art of transforming a fabric design into a three-dimensional form which is evolved and nothing is strictly defined. Draping is considered as a creative method of Pattern making as the designs come to life. Fashion Designers love the art of draping as they innovate the designs from design sketch.
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Brainstorming Session
Clothing Construction
Drapping Session
Fashion Show
Industrial Visit
Interactive Session
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Students Seminar

Detailed Syllabus for Fashion Designing

Module 1
Design Concept
  • Introduction
  • Elements of fashion
  • Fashion terminology
  • Fashion cycle
  • Free hand sketching
  • Stick figure
  • Block figure
  • Fleshing the figure
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
Surface Ornamentation
  • Embroidery stitches
    (50 numbers)
  • Decorative stitches
History of Fashion
  • Introduction
  • History of Indian Costume
  • Traditional Jewellery of India
Clothing Construction
  • Sewing machine parts
  • Faults and rectifications
  • Sewing equipments
  • Basic hand stitches
Textile Science
  • Introduction
  • Fibre, Yarn, Fabric
Module 2
Design Concept
  • Colours
  • Psychology of colours
  • Elements of design
  • Principle of design
  • Weight distribution
  • Draw head and hairstyles
  • Pencil shading
  • Textures
  • Dress draping
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, Mirror Work
  • Warli painting and Tie & Dye
Clothing Construction
  • Different types of seams
  • Plackets, Pockets
  • Necklines, Pleats, Tucks
Textile Science
  • Fabric finishing
  • Methods of dyeing
  • Methods of printing
History of Fashion
  • History of Americian costume
  • History of French costume
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 saree petticoat, designer frock, skirt & top, salwar & kameez, sari blouse
Key Facts
Duration :    1 year
Certificate :    Diploma
Eligibility :    SSLC / Plus 2
Type :    Part / Full-time
Age Limit :    No
Uniform :    No
Hostel :    Yes
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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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