A new era in the fashion industry

On 6 March 2011, Cengage Education launched a partnership with the College of Fashion Design to deliver industry-leading distance learning courses in applied fashion design and technology, including a Certificate IV and a Diploma.

“We are delighted with this partnership that introduces an exciting approach to fashion design. Our training courses adopt the dynamic idea of making a fashion garment from the individual body,” says Roslyn Verity, co-founder and director of the College of Fashion Design.

Roslyn explains that Australian design has an industrial background of mass production, which has burdened the fashion industry with a costly and inefficient trial and error system of patternmaking that is based on often inaccurate and standard-sized body blocks.

“Our training features a series of amazing DVDs and workbooks from Telestia AB in Europe to deliver courses in patternmaking and fashion design that are very practical. The graduate will be equipped with the knowledge of a system that avoids guesswork and allows garments to be custom-made for the individual body.”

“We’ve designed this for an Australian audience while delivering internationally recognised skills that can be obtained while studying from home,” she adds.

The Diploma of Applied Fashion Design & Technology provides the skills required for independent work in fashion design and garment construction, and the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design & Technology will interest those seeking to enter the fashion industry, as well as the enthusiastic dressmaker.  There is also a bridging or upgrade course for those with a Certificate IV who wish to complete the Diploma.


Andrianes Pinantoan is InformED's editor and part of the marketing team behind Open Colleges. When not working, he can be found reading about two of his favourite subjects: education and psychology. You can find him on Google+ or @andreispsyched.

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