If you’re considering a career in fashion, then finding the right qualification to get you where you need to be is a great start. A course, certificate, diploma or degree in fashion will open the doors to so many industries outside of fashion design. But it’s important to get a solid foundation at a reputable institution first.


What are the options in fashion?

While fashion design is the most well-known of all the careers in the industry, an education in fashion can get you into industries stretching from theatre through to media. Here’s some of the key fashion careers you could consider.


  • Merchandiser: The sale of the stock is determined by the merchandiser who analyses quantities and ensures they appeal to consumers.
  • Fashion writer or blogger: This has become an incredibly in-demand position with influencers dominating the media scene. You can write on the actual fashion trends or more of a social commentary across social media, magazines, newspapers or even for television.
  • Fashion public relations: PR officers work with the media to manage the public image of a brand, assist with launches and promotions.
  • Costume designer: These work with theatres to create the costumes warn by actors on stage.
  • Retail buyer: Travel the world and attend fashion trade shows before deciding on the clothing, textiles and accessories to stock in stores.
  • Garment technologist: This person tests the performance and fit of garment, requiring knowledge of fibres, textiles and yarn for the production.
  • Fashion illustrator: For those with an arty inclination, fashion illustrator is a good career. Illustrators create concept sketches of design ideas.
  • Fashion stylist: These are the people who bring an artist’s vision to life on shoots for photographs, videos adverts and other projects.

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What are the fashion qualifications?

There are so many different options when it comes to qualifications in fashion. It really depends on the career you’re looking to pursue, your time and budgetary limitations. Here’s an overview of the fashion qualifications to choose from.


1.     Fashion courses

There are so many different short courses from which to choose that provide you with a good grounding in one specific area of expertise. These courses can either count towards a diploma or degree at a later stage, or work independently according to your requirements. You can decide if you want to complete the short courses online or in-person, with the length of courses ranging from a few weeks to six months. Some of the options include:


  • Garment construction
  • Pattern engineering
  • Fashion design
  • Styling

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2.     Higher certificate in fashion

This qualification will provide you with the depth of theory and level of application to get going in a start-up fashion venture or entry-level work in the industry. The disciplines you will encounter are design, and garment engineering, commercial instruction and contextual areas for a comprehensive grounding in the industry. Some of the skills taught include:


  • Design of products
  • Manufacture of products
  • Digital fashion marketing
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurial skills

3.     Fashion diploma

This provides you with a solid grounding in the core principles of fashion, with electives included so that you can streamline your studies meet your career goals. The skills covered in a fashion diploma include:


  • Building a body of research
  • The design process
  • Fabric knowledge
  • Garment engineering
  • Fashion trends
  • Business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion events
  • Management

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4.     Bachelor of fashion degree

The degree in fashion focuses on a solid knowledge base with a focus on innovation and originality. This degree goes a long way in assisting you to embark on a successful career in fashion, no matter what specialisation you’re looking to go with. The fashion degree will focus on:


  • Problem solving
  • In-depth fashion knowledge
  • Socio-economic and cultural influences
  • Design concepts
  • Operations concepts
  • Creativity and artistic flair
  • Commercial skills


Whatever your fashion study requirements, it’s important to go through a certified and reputable institution that can set you on the right path. Villioti Fashion Institute offers a range of study options, from courses through to diplomas and degrees with instruction given by leaders in the field. Contact Villioti Fashion Institute to get started on your fashion career today.