Fashion Design Vocational Course Sydney



The Professional Fashion Design Program equips students with the skills required for a career in fashion design, including pattern making, grading and constructing garments to an advanced level.

As a leading fashion design vocational course in Sydney, our module provides students with hands on experience of progressive techniques and modern equipment. in2Mode’s advanced draping program uses European techniques to drape designs on a dress form, enabling students to produce beautiful, well-fitted garments of complicated design. The program includes evening wear, sportswear and women’s and men’s tailoring.

in2Mode uses StyleCAD pattern making programs and combines industrial and couture design techniques in order to provide commercially viable production methods for ready-to-wear and couture garments. The college also specialises in fashion illustration combining Adobe Illustrator techniques with a firm grounding in basic manual illustration.

The Professional Fashion Design Program includes an emphasis on business principles for small businesses and has units on fabric, design elements, marketing, merchandising and the social context of fashion, providing students with a commercially oriented skill set. This fashion design vocational course in Sydney enables graduates to have versatile skills that will enable them to seek employment in a variety of fashion sectors or start a label or dressmaking business of their own.

Students graduate having completed a collection, a portfolio of their work and a dossier of the designs they have constructed. Upon graduation, they have access to a support program to assist their entry into the commercial fashion world.

Employment Outcome

On completion of this program, students will have attained the knowledge and skills required to enter the fashion design industry as assistant designers, pattern makers and illustrators, working freelance or with retailers and manufacturers. The business program is also designed to assist students wishing to start their own label or business from home.

Australia is not a country with a large number of manufacturing concerns to support graduates with design skills only. The majority of employers in the Australian design and manufacturing market are small businesses. Small businesses need all-round skills as well as innovation to survive in a global economy that has seen massive changes in the industry in the last 20 years. We endeavour to equip our students with the practical skills to succeed and prosper in the changing environment they will inevitably face in their working career.


2 years full-time study.

Study Options

Weekdays, Saturdays & Evenings. Full-time and part-time.

Attendance full-time

The course is run over 2 semesters a year, each consisting of 22 weeks. During the semester, full-time students attend 3 days per week for 7 tuition hours a day, from 8.30am to 4pm. The course is intensively taught and students should allow a further day per week for practise and assignments.

Attendance part-time

Part-time students may attend for 7, 10.5, 14 or 17.5 hours per week during the semester. They may attend on a weekday, in the evening or on Saturdays. Students should note that evening programs are run from 6pm to 9.30pm, so it is necessary to attend 2 evenings per week to achieve 7 hours if only the evening program is undertaken.

Study Method

Students are taught in small groups in a face-to-face environment equipped with specialised pattern making and computerised equipment. Our fashion design vocational course in Sydney allows students the flexibility to study at their own pace and also offers specialised tuition in areas they find difficult. Students are advised of their progress at the end of each semester.

Course Subjects

  • Work safety & sustainability practice
  • Use of equipment & sewing machines
  • Design principles in theory & practice
  • Fibres & Fabrics – Identification, performance and handling
  • Design Business – The process of garment development, specification, costing & sourcing of materials
  • The Fashion Industry in the Australian environment
  • Fashion Illustration – Mood boards, basic templates, flat drawing, trade drawing and basic fashion poses
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator & drawing systems
  • Flat Pattern Making – blocks, sizing and modification of basic garments
  • Draped Pattern Making – Basic garments
  • Construction techniques – Industry and Couture techniques
  • Basic Pattern Grading
  • Introduction to CAD Pattern Making Systems
  • Advanced Design Theory – colour, pattern & texture
  • Fashion Illustration – Application of colour and the use of Adobe products for advanced illustration
  • Pattern making & construction for lingerie
  • Flat Pattern, draping & construction techniques for complex garments
  • Flat Pattern, draping & construction techniques for women’s and men’s tailoring
  • Flat pattern, draping & construction techniques for evening wear
  • Advanced pattern making and grading using CAD systems
  • The Fashion Design Environment – Designers past and present and the growth of the fashion industry
  • Fashion Business – Marketing, business plans, commercial viability, product development, production costing, manufacturing and small business management
  • Development of a fashion collection
  • Development of professional portfolio

2017 Intake

Semester 1 – 30 January – 1 July 2017

Semester 2 – 17 July – 16 December 2017

Enrolments are currently being taken for 2018. Mid-semester enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.

Short Course Program

Short courses run in 11-week blocks are also available for students who wish to select a stream of study from our professional program and focus only on the subjects they are interested in.

Some of the courses available in this format are:

For more details and course fees, please click here and request an Information Pack.