Fashion Design Courses | Professional Program


Professional Fashion Design Program

Semester 2 Starts July 16 – Enrolments Now Open

The Professional Fashion Design Program equips students with all the skills required for a career in fashion design. Our Sydney students will master various textile skills including pattern making for unique designs, grading and constructing garments to an advanced level.

in2Mode’s advanced draping program uses European techniques to drape designs on a dress form so our students are equipped to produce beautiful, well- fitted garments of complicated design. We prepare our students to enter the commercial textile industry with the help of the StyleCAD pattern making programs, which combines industrial and couture design techniques in order to provide commercially viable production methods for ready- to-wear and couture garments.

Fashion illustration is central to in2Mode’s professional training, and combines Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator techniques as well as manual fashion drawing.

The Professional Fashion Design Program also arms students with a strong business knowledge, with emphasis on business principles for small businesses and includes units on fabric, design elements, marketing, merchandising and the social context of fashion, providing students with all the skills needed to thrive in a commercial environment.

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

On completion of this program, students will have attained the knowledge and skills required to enter the fashion design industry as designers, pattern makers, dressmakers and illustrators, working freelance or with retailers and manufacturers. in2Mode focuses on hands- on skills and practical knowledge to launch students into any aspect of the textile industry, making them strong allrounders in any business endeavours, including business subjects designed to assist students wishing to start their own label.


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.

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. Click on the links listed under Course Subjects for the subjects that can be taken separately.

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
  • Fashion Design Principles I 
  • Fashion Design Principles II 
  • 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 | Fashion Drawing – 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
  • StyleCAD Pattern Making and Grading 
  • Advanced Design Theory – colour, pattern & texture
  • Adobe Illustration for Technical Pack Flat Drawing 
  • 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
  • Portfolio Development 


2018 Intake

Semester 1 – 29 January – 7 July 2018

Semester 2 – 16 July – 22 December 2018

Mid-semester enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.

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