Diploma & Certificate in Fashion Design


The Diploma in Fashion Design (DFD) is a programme of Art and Design, which lasts two years. Each academic year is divided into two semesters each of which lasts seventeen weeks, of which the last two weeks are for end of semester examinations and exhibition. The aim of the Diploma in Fashion Design (DFD) is to allow students who are focusing on creative fashion design aspects to enrich their knowledge and skills in studio practice. The Diploma in Fashion Design (DFD) studies is based on a recognized international structure approach. The programme provides in-depth studio teaching and individual studio experimentations. The teaching of art history is a core course on the DFD programme. This is done in order to give students some insights into selected contemporary world art movements, and how they have influenced the growth and development of fashion design. Also to note in the DFD programme, is the emphasis to individual studio exploration. Students will spend much time on their own carrying out directed individual studio explorations in order to become individual designers who can use art and design to engage the society into social, economic, and political growth and development. DFD programme, will also allow the development of critical thinking towards researching into our disappearing cultures through art and design history, cultural studies and studio research.


It targets A- level leavers and certificate of Art and design holders, who have done Art after the completion of their O- level, with a desire to pursue a career in Fashion Design. At the completion of the course, a candidate is awarded a Diploma in Fashion Design (DFD).

Introduction to Drawing
History of Art in Fashion Design
Introduction to Clothing construction
Introduction in Machine usage and Maintenance
Introduction to Basic Designing
Introduction to Textile Design
Exhibition I
Information Technology
Communication Skills
Introduction to entrepreneurship & Business practice
Household crafts
Figure Dressing
Introduction to Skirt and Blouses Designing
Full Garment Scale Making
Introduction to Computer Aided Design Packages
Exhibition II
Intermediate Drawing
Shirts and Trousers Designing
African Hand Crafts
Colour and Fabric Decoration
Cultural and Ethnic Wear
Dresses I
Fabric Finishes
Exhibition III
Advanced Drawing
Introduction to Body suits and wear
Portfolio Viva
Dresses II
Final Project
Exhibition IV
Art studio Research (Report)

There shall be an exhibition of practical courses at the end of every semester and will be marked out of 50%. The exhibition shall include a catalog outlining the student’s objectives in each of the elective/core practical courses, artist’s statement, and practical art works. It should also reflect the students’ potential in identifying and selecting works for exhibition from the collection of his/her semester’s work.
Note: The exhibition cuts across all the Diploma programs.


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