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Get the Skills to Become a Fashion Design Professional

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Discover the world of Fashion Design with this 100% online course

Online Fashion History & Essentials Certificate Course

Learn historical trends and influences with this course designed to introduce students to the world of Fashion Design. From historical to current day influences, learn the essentials of starting a career in Fashion Design, including research, trends, customer profiling, and journaling. Complete this course online from home in 2 to 4 weeks, self-paced.

This Certificate Course is delivered 100% online so you can advance your fashion design career with the flexibility and support you need to succeed. You can balance work, family and other commitments while you get the skills to build a brighter future.

During the Fashion History and Essentials Certificate course, you will learn advanced techniques in:

  • Fashion Careers
  • History of Fashion
  • Design Foundations
  • Design Process

The best way to see if GLOW College is the right fit for you is to come and tour the school. You can tour our facilities and meet with students and instructors. Schedule a tour now or Get more info.

Learning Method: Online self paced.

Expected Outcome
Learn what it takes to be a Fashion Designer from the personal traits required to the expected skills required to conceptualize and design your signature style.

This course leads into our Fashion Illustration and Design course followed by the Garment Construction course.

Tuition Fee:
$680.00 (save 15% by paying in full, Reg. $800.00)
Payment Plan Option: Enroll Now for $450.00 a month for 2 months OR  Included for free when enrolling in 3 or more Fashion Design courses.

Length/Schedule: 2 to 4 weeks part-time self-paced.


Course Components
Reading lessons, quizzes, and assignments.

Supplies Required: Laptop or smart device for learning, art supplies for assignments.

LendCare Financing

GLOW College offers a NEW 0% Financial Aid option through LendCare. LendCare offers an easy-to-use, online financing solution, with express credit decisions, accessible from anywhere you are, 24/7.

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Course Outline

This comprehensive course will take you from the ground up. Learn the essential theory and step-by-step techniques. Review the course outline below and start your journey towards Fashion Design Essentials Certification.

1) Course Intro
  • How to manage your time with Self Paced learning
  • This Fashion Essentials Course

2) Introduction to Fashion Design

  • What is Fashion?
  • What is Clothing?

3) Fashion Careers

  • Fashion Career Possibilities
  • Concept and Skill-Based Fashion Roles
  • Knowledge and Trend-Based Fashion Roles
  • What do Fashion Designers Do?
  • Being a Fashion Designer
  • Other Industry-Related Role
  • Fashion Blogging
  • Fashion Industry – Resume Requirements
  • Fashion Industry – Interview Requirements
  • Fashion Designer – Portfolio Requirements
  • Fashion Design Quiz

4) History of Fashion

  • Lifestyle and Cultural Changes
  • Designers Who Defined Fashion History
  • Fashion Landscape 1800s, 1900s, Millennium
  • History of Fashion Quiz

5) Categories and Customers

  • Fashion Categories
  • Fashion Seasons
  • Customer Profiles and Lifestyles
  • Design Motifs
  • Fashion Advertisements
  • Categories and Customers Quiz

6) Design Foundations

  • Importance of a Great Design Foundation
  • Research
  • Design Considerations
  • Colour Theory
  • Colours and Their Meanings
  • Fashion and Colour Trends
  • Silhouette
  • Design Foundations Quiz

7) Fabrics and Fibers

  • Fabrics and Fiber Swatches
  • Knitwear
  • Trims and Finishings
  • Fabric Rules of Thumb
  • Fabric Quantities
  • Creating a Fabric Story
  • Fabrics and Fibers Quiz

8) Influences on Fashion Designs

  • Historical Influences on Fashion Design
  • Nature’s Influences on Fashion Design
  • Architectural Designs
  • Ethnic Designs
  • Street Designs
  • Technical Designs
  • Movie and Pop Culture Designs
  • Fashion Influence Quiz

9) Design Process

  • Creating a Collection
  • Mood Boarding
  • Design Journaling
  • Design Process Methodologies
  • Developing Your Design
  • Editing And Merchandising
  • Design Process Quiz

10) Course Assignments

  • Research a Designer Assignment
  • Customer Profiling Assignment
  • Element of Design Mood Board Assignment
  • Moodboard of Choice Assignment

11) Next Steps

  • You’re almost done!
  • Feedback

Enrollment Terms

This course is NOT subject to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 Choose a pricing option that suits you and start learning today. Pay in full to save or choose the monthly payment option. Fees include Tuition and free Virtual Seat assignment. Digital Certificate will be issued upon completion of all lessons, assessments, and upon final payment (where applicable). Non-refundable once paid. Supplies required for assignment completion. By enrolling into this Non-Vocational Course, you accept the Terms and Policies as outlined on the College Website

Is a Rewarding Career as a Fashion Design Professional For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Fashion Design and exploring whether GLOW College is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 905-453-9456

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