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Career Diploma: Dressmaking and Design

Penn Foster Career School's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma Program is designed to help students develop their natural dressmaking and design talents. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Dressmaking and Design

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma Program gives students the opportunity to learn how to identify and care for fibers and fabrics; select the right materials; mark, cut, and tack fiber; finish garments; and alter patterns. Students are given the chance to learn the basics of dressmaking, design techniques, designing by draping, fittings, and decorative features. This program can be completed in as few as seven months, but students can choose to take more time to complete it if necessary.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School provides students with the books, lessons, and learning aids needed to complete the program.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • Introduction to Sewing
  • Instruction Set 2
    • The Sewing Machine
    • Practical Exercise 1
  • Instruction Set 3
    • Fibers and Fabrics
    • Basic Dressmaking Process
    • Practical Exercise 2
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Decorative Features
    • Advanced Dressmaking Techniques
    • Practical Exercise 3
  • Instruction Set 5
    • Line and Design in Fashion
    • Miscellaneous Garments
    • Practical Exercise 4
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Embroidery
    • Garment Decoration
    • Pattern Alteration
    • Practical Exercise 5
  • Instruction Set 7
    • Alterations and Fitting
    • Drafting Patterns from Basic Patterns
    • Designing by Draping
    • Practical Exercise 6
    • Final Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma Program may be interested in pursuing an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in fashion. This might prepare them for higher positions in the fashion industry with added responsibilities.

Degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Marketing
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Associate of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
  • Bachelor of Apparel and Fashion Design
  • Bachelor of Apparel and Shoe Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising

Career Paths:

Students who complete Penn Foster Career School's Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma Program might be able to pursue entry-level positions as dressmakers, where their responsibilities might include altering or fitting garments. They might be able to find employment with a design agency, tailor, dress shop, or fashion designer. Students might also be able to start their own dressmaking business.

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