Fashion Design 101: An Introduction

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Course Description


Fashion Design 101 explains the qualities and skills necessary to become a fashion designer. You'll learn about the many related career opportunities available besides that of fashion design and gain an inside look into today's fashion business.

 A fashion career is two-thirds artist and one-third business. Color, pattern making and illustration are all skills a fashion designer must learn to put a collection together. You'll learn how becoming a fashion designer involves many core related principles to completely understand the many facets of the fashion business.


This course is ideal for students, seamstresses and anyone interested in the fashion business and design quality. Since a fashion designer wears many hats, you will gain knowledge about everything from haut couture to budget clothing and that design is about performing research, knowledge of fabric, coordinating color and texture and monitoring quality and fit.


People who strive to become fashion stylists have a profound knowledge of fashion, a fierce personal style and a knack for putting together complete outfits for themselves and others. This course material will provide lots of different information about the fashion world, and so you will understand why it is important to learn about fabrics, prints and other technical aspects of fashion in order to jump-start your fashion career.  

Course Requirements

The course is open to everyone. There are no required books.  All material will be given online and through netlinks. You'll need a high school reading level though.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Historical Content and Education

Lesson 2: Self-Employment or a Top Job

Lesson 3: The Many Languages of Fashion

Lesson 4: The Realities of Manufacturing and Product Development

Lesson 5: Color and Fabric

Lesson 6: Fabric Production

Lesson 7: Developing Personal Creativity and Style

Lesson 8: Defining a Project

Lesson 9: Fashion Business or Fashion Career

Lesson 10: Marketing Your Fashions: Defining Your Uniqueness

Lesson 11: Processing Orders and Accounting

Course Materials

All the course material required to complete this course is included.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a practice assignment and lesson review quiz that will directly apply what you have learned.
Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe historical content and education of fashion design.
  • Determine whether you want self-employment or a top job.
  • Describe the many languages of fashion.
  • Describe the realities of manufacturing and product development.
  • Identify color and fabric.
  • Know fabric production.
  • Describe developing personal creativity and style.
  • Describe defining a project.
  • Know fashion business or fashion career.
  • Know marketing your fashions.
  • Describe processing orders and accounting, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1: Historical Content and Education8
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: Self-employment or a Top Job8
Lesson 3: The Many Languages of Fashion9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: The Realities of Manufacturing and Product Development9
Lesson 5: Color and Fabric9
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Lesson 6: Fabric Production9
Lesson 7 Assignment2
Lesson 7: Developing Personal Creativity and Style7
Lesson 8: Defining a Project10
Lesson 9: Fashion Business or Fashion Career10
Lesson 10: Marketing Your Fashions: Defining Your Uniqueness9
Final Assignment2
Lesson 11: Processing Orders and Accounting7
The Final Exam91
Total Points:267

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