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Course Modules

BA (Hons) Fashion Design at IIAD covers the aforementioned aspects of fundamental design education through a series of modules mentioned below:


The emphasis is to enquire into how multiple contexts whether these be literal/physical (such as product, material, trend, client etc.) or metaphorical/environmental (such as history, culture, traditions, style, identity, difference, social issues, awareness etc.) are integral to the production of design. Students progressively become aware of contexts, analyze and represent them and finally consolidate learning’s from the modules through lectures, workshops, researched assignments and projects. Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Researched projects within specific set contextual parameters
  • Research methods and evaluation techniques
  • Project visits/field trips, lectures, seminars and subject specific talks by a range of experts from associated fields
  • Introduction to contemporary debates and dialogues across multiple disciplinary areas that inform design


Modules of the Bachelors in Fashion Designing course cultivate the ability to develop abstract creative design thinking and translate it into three-dimensional form with a system of ordering. Additionally, it builds design process tools such as diagramming, drawing, model making, sketching, illustration, and mood boards through a series of design explorations including abstract ideation, physical embodiment, and precedent analysis exercises. It also focuses on creative conceptual thinking and investigative rapid visual analysis. The students in this module will investigate a variety of design objects from garments and styles to fabrics and trims through a combination of conceptual and technical analysis. These modules conduct the study of design through research, analysis, programming, and conceptualization. They enable students to engage with acts of research, representation and translation, with increasing levels of complexity and criticality. Learning takes place through a series of modules, including but not limited to, lectures, workshops, researched assignments and projects.

Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • External briefings from companies and internal seminars and tutorials – individual and group
  • Practical skills workshops
  • Guest speakers, meetings, interviews and professional correspondence
  • Visits to fabric fairs, yarn fairs and fashion week shows

Design Realisation

Fashion Design course modules on design realization focus on the integration of design, printing, fabrication and materiality, all necessary to complete an original design project. They help students synthesize their design and fabrication skills (both virtual and real) and explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical issues involved with the design and making of a project, utilizing a range of tools, techniques and materials. These modules shall present students with an environment that enables the broad study of material skins, fittings especially covering their specification, composition, making, application and usability. Another emphasis of this module is on training students to grasp the properties and working characteristics of tool use, techniques and safe machine operations in the use of materials. These modules develop through lectures, demonstrations, projects and field trips that promote the development of design ideas into effective solutions.

Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Principles of materials, pattern making and construction techniques and their relationship to design realization
  • Immersion into materials and manufacturing processes
  • Practical development of workshop and studio-based model making techniques in a design context
  • Virtual methods of design realization
  • Practical development of prototype
  • Exploration of the creative use of materials and techniques
  • Introduction to health and safety and the use of specialist technical equipment
  • The process of developing a collection which represents a vision and look appropriate for a contemporary fashion market
  • Advanced skills in the realisation of garments for six complete outfits to a professional standard
  • Advanced understanding of fabric and yarn properties and a creative use of both together with print within a collection
  • Toiling in appropriate neutral fabrics to use as a prototype for the final product
  • Production of a collection planner covering all stages of manufacturing and use of specialist technicians and equipment
  • Production of specification sheets detailing fabric trims and finishes

Self & Professional Development

Fashion Designing course modules on self and professional development focus on developing the selfhood of students; helping them transform themselves into reflexive, rigorous, ethical and entrepreneurial professionals. Towards this end, these modules shall introduce students to multiple ways of investigating their own status as future design professionals. Additionally, these modules shall also introduce them to a variety of business practices, contractual obligations/responsibilities and forums helping them understand and develop their own forms of working. In many ways these modules extend the learnings from the context module and work in tandem with the process and design realization modules to create a holistic experience after which the students are prepared to take on the rigours of the global design industry.

The learning format in these modules shall include but not be limited to seminars, workshops, self-reflection generation exercises, lectures and interactions with experts from the field.

Some of the aspects taught within these Fashion Design course modules include:

  • Projects related to realisation of garments from historical research into a contemporary design outcome
  • Designs geared towards a specific product type, exploring the design possibilities and technical knowledge of the product
  • Exploration of the concept of sustainable fashion through a project on identity
  • Use of photography and styling to promote fashion garments
  • Portfolio/ Presentation development, including, interview techniques and CV writing, and online portfolios
  • Information gathering and analysis within group work including development of trend ideas for an external company
  • Fashion forecasting and trends
  • Production of a body of research and design development leading towards a professional portfolio presentation
  • Research within the portfolio will cover fabric, swatching, colour referencing, sourcing, knitting, printing, finishing techniques and trims
  • Design development will cover silhouette, shape, ranging and will be drawn from the research resulting in directional and innovative pieces which will form the basis of the student’s collection
  • Consultations with external specialists
  • Skills workshops e.g. photography, digital media

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