Fashion Design

Enrolling 2021

BDes Fashion Design
Course Code
SAQA 79830
Course Type
Creativity & Design
Course Contact
Study options

3 Year Contact Learning

Starting February 2021

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Contact Learning

  • 3 years full time
  • NQF level 7
  • 8 x 1h 45 min sessions per week
  • 2.5 hours on more additional independent study per session
  • 40 hours of Job shadowing to be completed in the 2nd year
  • Innovative assessment portfolio of evidence submitted in the 3rd year

You can enrol for our Bachelor of Design programme at any campus to complete your 1st year. Our programmes are quality assured and standardised across all Inscape campuses. Students who are accepted into certain degree specialisation programmes might be required to complete their 2nd and 3rd-year studies at another specialised Inscape campus.

Developing fundamental design skills to create design savvy, critical thinkers. 
Communication, Software and Leadership skills in preparation for intense 2nd and 3rd-year studies. 
Developing an awareness of the integrated nature of design, advancing the unique thinking of our students. 
Introducing an appreciation for Design History and context. 
Establishing fundamental building blocks for creative problem-solving. 
Exposure to various design disciplines within the Bachelor of Design to assist in selecting the ‘right’ specialisation from 2nd Year.

An introduction to textiles and fabric making process lays the foundation for garment design and designing using multiple mediums and techniques.
Understanding fashion trends and history creates a strong foundation for design application and knowledge. Applying theory to practice through an understanding of textile technology, history and production. Fashion systems such as clothing production and processes as well as various clothing technologies used in the fashion industry assist in innovative and forward thinkers in today’s booming fashion industry. A basic working knowledge of pattern technology through practical application of pattern construction and application of different hand and machine sewing techniques is introduced. Advancing software skills and technical knowledge through an introduction to visual storytelling and fashion photography, fashion rendering in Adobe Photoshop and Fashion Design Flat Drawings in Adobe Illustrator. Developing an understanding of the Business of Design through the awareness of fashion merchandising covering topics such as fundamentals of fashion forecasting, visual merchandising principles, store layout and merchandise presentation, fashion buying, merchandise planning: through identification of customer needs, collection development pricing, sales and marketing strategies.

Developing a signature fashion design style by understanding contextual design, focusing on user-centred design for specific client needs. Sustainable design focuses on the life cycle of a garment from fibre to end user in stores, fabrication, up-cycling, textile manipulation and technology in fashion. Sub-culture in design focuses on looking at a specific sub-culture allocated to groups. Developing advanced knowledge and expert skills by exercising progressive and refined skills in textile technology, pattern technology and garment technology. Awareness of the latest design technologies and innovations through practice in software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Developing an understanding of the guidelines and principles involved in running a design business. Promoting business vision, mission and values gives graduates the confidence and ‘know-how’ to start their own design initiatives based on a foundational knowledge of strategic development, marketing strategies, the importance of branding and managing finances.

Students who have graduated with the Bachelor of Design degree may apply to register for an Honours or Post Graduate Diploma in a related field. Institutional minimum requirements will apply.

3 Year Contact Learning Application - Starting February 2021