What qualifications are needed to become a fashion designer?

Written by diana rajchel | 13/05/2017
What qualifications are needed to become a fashion designer?
Fashion designers must know sewing and patternmaking. (sewing image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

A career in fashion design demands a strong aesthetic sense, well-developed art and design skills, and excellent written and verbal communication. Fashion designers obtain qualifications first through college study in fashion design, and then through practical internships.

College Degrees

The fashion design industry usually requires an associate's or bachelor's degree in fashion design. A designer may combine this with studies in fashion merchandising, business and marketing.

Art and Design Courses

Schools offering fashion design programs require students to fulfil basic art and design courses. These classes teach students the basic skills necessary to build portfolios for clothing sketches, and in how to apply computer-aided design programming to their work to increase clothing production.

Sewing and Tailoring

Fashion designers must know sewing, measuring and pattern making. This helps them communicate about how to construct outfits and how to fit designs to different body types.


Colour, line and style play a vital part in the fashion design industry, and those in the field must use these tools.

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