List of Free Online Fashion Design Courses & Learning Materials

See our list of the top free online fashion design courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that is right for you.

Video Courses - the New Way to Learn Online

Some of the courses discussed in this article include video lessons, which is one of the most efficient to learn online. But not all video lessons are created equally. A camera set up in the back of a lecture hall will have bad audio and video quality and might be pretty boring. Video lessons designed specifically for the Web have engaging graphics and use simple, concrete examples. Good video lessons are short - less than 10 minutes long - so you can learn in small doses and on your own schedule.

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Free Online Fashion Design Course Info

Several online fashion design courses and tutorials are offered through OpenCourseWare (OCW) websites. OCW classes often share lessons and learning materials that were previously used in traditional, in-person college classes. Students who use the free resources below don't earn college credits, but they can have access to learning and training materials that are often available through regular college classes.

Beginning Costume Design and Construction at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This downloadable course includes basic instruction on clothing construction, such as draping and drafting. Learners can study the psychology of clothing and practice rendering skills through lectures, readings and projects. Students will need a sketching pad and some fashion materials to complete all assignments.

Craft of Costume Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Students can download the course materials for this 25-session course. Instruction will be given on how to create costumes without sewing through the use of various materials. Photo images of completed student work are available for viewing online.

Designer Sewing / Fashion Design at Utah Education Network

This resource provides lessons and assignments on fashion design, sewing, tailoring and fashion sales. Core standards are presented, along with media links and additional lesson plans. Topics include pattern design, principles of clothing construction and custom sewing techniques.

Fashion and Popular Culture at Korea University

Lecture notes for these 13 lessons are available in PDF format. Learners can study the history of fashion, subcultures/styles and fashion in the mass media. Students are also given the option to join an online study group through OpenStudy.

Fashion Course at Start a Clothing Line

This fashion course provides information about many aspects of starting a clothing line, including design, promotion, sales and manufacture. The free information contained online makes up section one of a fashion-oriented e-book. Other free content, however, is provided through Start a Clothing Line, including common fashion delivery terms and types of clothing distribution.

Fashion Drawing Tutorials at Fashion Era

These lessons include text and drawing templates that may be downloaded and saved or printed. Also available are silhouette drawings of models wearing fashions from prior decades. Learners can study the basics of fashion sketching, including posture/poses and possible drawing materials.

Sewing Essentials Online Video Course at Sewing Workshop

Free sample video lessons are available here for many topics, such as pattern-making, garment sewing and alterations. Each lesson contains a variety of different chapters, many of which are provided free of charge. Videos may also be viewed in full-screen mode.

Courses for College Credit

Most of the courses discussed in this article do not lead to college credit. You can earn quick and affordable college credit for more than 30 courses and skip the first two years of college. The average cost of two years of tuition at a public university was over $17,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. Private universities cost over $60,000 for two years of tuition! With's online courses, you could cut your total college costs by over 50%. Browse our library to find the courses you need and get started for free today. Click here to get started.

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