Dressmaking & Design Career Diploma

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If you want to learn the fundamentals of dressmaking and fashion design, Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program may be right for you. Read on to learn more about the Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design program is designed to teach you the skills needed to finish garments and alter patterns, identify fibers and fabrics, select the proper materials for specific projects, and mark, cut, and tack fabric for a proper fit. The program allows you to work at a self-directed pace at home, while allowing you to have access to instructors via email and phone. Additionally, all course materials are included and provided to you.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program, you should have an interest in fashion design and some creative ability. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program is divided into seven instruction sets. Many of the instructional sets include practical exercises that help you to learn specific dressmaking techniques.

Instruction Set Lessons
Instruction Set 1 Learning Strategies
Introduction to Sewing
Instruction Set 2 The Sewing Machine
Instruction Set 3 Fibers and Fabrics
Basic Dressmaking Processes
Instruction Set 4 Decorative Features
Advanced Dressmaking Techniques
Instruction Set 5 Line and Design in Fashion
Miscellaneous Garments
Instruction Set 6 Embroidery
Garment Decoration
Pattern Alteration
Instruction Set 7 Alterations and Fitting
Drafting Patterns from Basic Patterns
Designing by Draping
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What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

When you have completed Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue a career as a dressmaker or a fashion design assistant. Some potential employers could include a tailor or a design agency. Conversely, you could also choose to open your own fashion design business.

Advanced Degrees

Once you have completed Penn Foster's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma program, you have an opportunity to pursue an associate's degree in the field. An associate's degree in fashion design may require you to complete courses in tailoring, French draping, the history of costume, textile science, and knitwear construction and pattern making. Some possible degree programs could include:

  • Associate of Science in Fashion Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Marketing
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