Fashion design involves the originating and making of outfits and accessories customized to clients’
measurements and taste. Fashion is something that which comes from within. At Evelyn college of
design our fashion design course brings out the artist in you. It allows the students to discover their
innate qualities related to fashion and designing, and take their passion for fashion to the next level. Our
Fashion designing course aims to combine creativity of artistic minds with technical proficiency. An
integrated approach towards creative applications is provided through theoretical classes and practical
trainings. Students are taught about colours, fabrics, pattern making and cutting, market trends, styling
and accessory design giving the learner everything they need to become an accomplished fashion
designer, Stylists, Consultants, Apparel Merchandisers, Textile and Fabric designer, Quality Auditors and
many more.

Four terms, 14 weeks each with a Total of 18 Units covered. Term 1&2 each covers 5 Units; Term 3&4
each covers 4 Units. Achieved accreditation Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
Learners do not get an exemption from first year Foundation at University
Two terms, 14 weeks each with a Total of 8 Units covered. Term 1&2 each covers four (4) Units.
Learners achieve a Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Art & Design
Two terms, 14 weeks each with a Total of 6 Units covered. Term 1&2 each covers three (3) Units.
Learners Achieve a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design and an exemption from first
year Foundation at the discretion of the university’s enrolment requirements.

a) Sewing machine operation
This is a 4-week short course that equips the learner with basic skills in the use of sewing
machines both treadle (manually pushed using legs) and electrical sewing machines. As a
bonus the learner will also learn how to use the overlock machine used to neaten fabric edges.
The learner will also learn various machine faults and remedies to help give a wholesome
experience at the end of the course. The course is geared towards learners interested in our
fashion and interior design courses where a knowledge of sewing is vital.
b) Cushion making
This course takes 6 weeks and equips learners with skills in conceptualizing and executing
creative, innovative and functional or decorative cushions. A Prerequisite to this unit is sewing
machine operation for learners with not prior skills in this area.
c) Free-hand Pattern making 1
This is the perfect 12 week course for many an aspiring fashion designer or just DIY creative
out there. Learners have the opportunity to come up with patterns for women and young girls’
clothing and adapt and execute these patterns into actual wearable garments. It is important
that the learner already know how to use a sewing machine at this stage.
d) Free-hand Pattern making 2
This is a continuation of the free hand pattern making 1 course with a similar 12-week
duration. Here the learner develops skills in male and young boys pattern drafting and
garment construction. The same prerequisite sewing machine operation course applies.
e) Metric Pattern making and Garment construction
This short course takes 12 weeks and unlike the freehand pattern making course, the learner
uses worldwide standard pattern making techniques to generate patterns and construct
garments. Sewing machine operation is a prerequisite to this unit for learners without that
f) Pile weaving
The Pile weaving short course takes 8 weeks and equips learners with skills in fabric
construction using one particular technique which is the pile weave. A pile weave is basically a
construction where yarns or another medium protrude from the base they are being applied,

what would be called a “shaggy rug” if used to create rugs or mats. This course is perfect for
those with an entrepreneurial spirit and those DIY funs
g) Sewing technology
This is a 4-week short course that imparts professional skills to learners in using a variety of
sewing equipment including different types of sewing machines and a variety of overlock
machines. The learner also has the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in machine faults
and remedies as well as sewing equipment maintenance.
h) Fashion Illustration 1
Fashion illustration or fashion drawing is a 4 week course perfectly tailored for fashion
designers. It is important that any aspiring designer has the ability to convey their design ideas
in from of drawings. This short course will equip learners with the skills to properly illustrate
the fashion figure using correct proportions and industry accepted standards. It is important to
note that this course is open to even learners who do not consider themselves an “artists”. The
course is geared to equip you with skills at which ever level of drawing you may be at.
i) Fashion Illustration 2
The second part of this short course further develops the skills learned in fashion illustration 1
by teaching the learner a wide range of rendering techniques (which simply means ways to
make the fashion figures more attractive) that bring the illustrations to life and further meet
industry standards. Learners also learn how to add accessories to the fashion croquis (fashion
figure) and make it more practical for the industry.
j) Curtain making
This is an 8-week short course geared at imparting skills in a facet of interior design namely
interior decoration with a bias towards curtain making. The learner will gain skills in fabric
estimation for different types of curtains and sheers plus pelmet (curtain box) designs. Skills in
different header application to curtains will also be gained. A prerequisite to this course for
those learners who cannot use a sewing machine will be sewing machine operation.
k) Motif Generation
This 4-week short course is suitable for all leaners who would like to learn how to come up
with unique one of a kind patterns for either fashion, interior or graphics areas of
specialization. Motifs (single unit of a pattern) are derived using both manual (by hand) and
digital means (by computer) and depending on your area on specialization will be executed
using suitable mediums specific to those areas.

l) Fabric Decoration – Batik
This Fabric decoration short course has a duration of 6weeks and imparts the leaner with skills
in applying color to fabrics using fabric dyes and wax. Designs achieved can then be applied in
various ways as per the learner’s preference and interests.
m) Fabric Decoration – Tie-dye
Tie and dye is part of the 6-week fabric decoration course and this time the leaner applies
color to fabrics using fabric dyes on different tied fabric designs to create interesting one of a
kind designs. The short course is perfect for DIY funs and designers regardless of their
specialization including those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
n) Fabric decoration -Block Printing
Another facet of fabric decoration, block printing is an 8-week short course that introduces
and imparts skills to learners in the art of applying decorative motifs and patterns to fabric
using a block or plate and fabric colors in which the motif is cut out or curved out on the block
or plate and stamped on the fabric. A prerequisite to this unit is motif generation.
o) Fabric decoration- Screen Printing 1
This is also an 8-week short course in the string of fabric decoration courses. The learner in will
develop skills in screen printing and as the name suggests a screen with mesh fabric applied is
used to transfer motifs to fabric. This course is divided into two due to the vast number of
techniques in this area in which this first section starts with easier techniques with the second
section moving to more advance techniques and reagents. A Prerequisite for this unit is Motif
p) Fabric decoration- Screen Printing 2
The prerequisite for this 8-week short course is screen printing 1 and motif generation as this
is a more advanced learning experience in screen printing.
q) Soft Furnishing 1
Soft furnishings 1 is a 12-week course covering curtain and cushion making in a singular
learning experience. Sewing Machine operation is a prerequisite for this course. The course is
geared to leaners who want to acquire skills over a short period of time without having to
attend two separate courses.
r) Soft Furnishing 2

Soft furnishings 2 is also a 12-week short course that covers bed covers\ throws and duvet
cover construction and design as well as bed sheets and pillow cases and cushion covers. The
prerequisite unit is sewing machine operation for leaners who cannot use sewing equipment.
s) Jewelry design
This is a 6-week short course where the learner gains skills in accessory design with a bias to
jewelry design. The learner will gain skills in design conceptualization, material and equipment
selection and practical execution of various jewelry pieces. The unit is geared towards all
artists and DIY enthusiasts


This Fashion Design qualification engages learners in Four (4) levels of competency in FASHION DESIGN with mandatory Industrial Attachment at all levels of qualification.

At Level 3 learners will have Two (2) courses on offer that they may engage in and that are completed in ONE (1) term each equivalent to Three (3) academic months per course. The courses are as shown below:

  1. Fashion Design Dressmaking Option
  2. Fashion Design Tailoring Option

At Level 4 learners gain a certificate of competency in Fashion Design Technology after Three (3) terms of learning equivalent to One (1) academic year.

At Level 5 learners qualify for Fashion Design certification after four (4) terms of learning equivalent to One Year Three months.

At Level 6 learners upon successful completion of the course qualify to be a Fashion Design Studio Manager. This qualification takes Eight (8) terms an equivalent of Two and a Half (2.5) academic years


An individual entering this course should have any of the following minimum requirements:

6 KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus)   OR   Certificate in Fashion Design Level 5
5 KCSE Min. D   OR   Fashion Design Cert Level 4
4 KCSE Min. E   OR   Fashion Design Cert Level 3
3 No Minimum requirement

An Equivalent qualification as determined by Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) will also be accepted.


An individual enrolled in these courses will undergo an industrial attachment at the end of the course for between 300 hours and 480 hours depending on the level they are successfully enrolled in.


The course will be assessed at two levels:

  1. a) Internal Assessment: conducted continuously by the trainer (internal assessor) who is monitored by an accredited internal verifier.
  2. b) External assessment: conducted by an accredited external assessor who is monitored by an accredited external verifier.

The assessors and verifiers are accredited by TVET CDACC which also coordinates external assessment.



An individual will be awarded a Certificate of Competency on demonstration of competence in a unit of competency e.g. To be awarded Fashion Design Level 4, an individual must demonstrate competence in all the units of competency in the qualification pack.

These certificates will be awarded by TVET CDACC in conjunction with the training provider