Digital Fashion Design part-time

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Creating Technical Drawings is a vital skill to have in the fashion industry. Technical drawings are used to explain how your designs work, giving important information and specifications that are necessary for designers, pattern cutters, machinists and production teams across the industry. This Digital Fashion Design part-time course will show you how you can translate your fashion designs into technical drawings using Adobe Illustrator.

Level: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 6 weeks

When: On Tuesdays, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

October 26th to December 14th, 2021

Language: English only

Credits: 0

Tuition fee: € 1.100*

Enrolment fee: € 75**

Admission: open for admission

Maximum number of students: 14


Please, note that the tuition fee doesn’t include the subscription to Adobe Illustrator.



*Early bird tuition fee of € 990 available for the fall 2021 session if you register and complete the full payment before the 1st of July 2021.

**Enrolment fee is due at the moment of registration and it is not refundable.

Various methods will be shared – starting from drawing flats by hand, then digitising your analogue designs, as well as creating your designs in Adobe Illustrator using a template. By the end of the Digital Fashion Design part-time course you will be confident and efficient in creating your own Technical Drawings by hand as well as on Adobe Illustrator to fashion industry standards.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:


  • Laptop (Mac preferable)
  • Mouse / Wacom pen
  • Adobe Illustrator installed in your computer prior to the start of the course.
Course subjects:


  • Introduction to creating flat drawings and its methodology.
  • How to draw different garments by hand.
  • How to transfer your analogue drawings into an Adobe Illustrator drawing.
  • How to create flats in Adobe Illustrator.
  • How to create complex garments.
  • How to create an intricate design element library.
  • How to add colour to your flats.
  • Creating colourway options and recolouring the artwork.
  • Creating a pattern in Illustrator.
  • Creating range plans and spec sheets.
  • Visualising your own design ideas.
  • Creative technical drawing.
  • Working with artboards and creating final presentations / technical packs with details and instructions.
  • Professional practice and exporting the final work.

This course is for you if:


  • You have a fashion design background or working in the fashion industry and would like to gain confidence and skills using Adobe Illustrator to draw their designs to a professional and competent level.
  • You have basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills for fashion design or experience of similar software programmes. This is not a mandatory requirement.
  • You are computer literate as this is a fast-paced course.

Step 1: Fill out the Request for Information form or sign up to an Open Day;

Step 2: We will send you more details by email and we will schedule a call or meeting with you;

Step 3: After the call or meeting, we will send you by email the Application form;

Step 4: Submit the application form, letter of motivations, curriculum vitae, digital copy of your passport and proof of payment of the enrolment fee (€ 75).

Step 5: We will send you the invoice and we will confirm your enrolment once we receive the payment of the tuition fee.

Tuition fee: € 1.100*


Enrolment fee: € 75**


The Amsterdam Fashion Academy is a non-governmental and non-subsidized institute.


Not eligible to receive studiefinanciering.


Fees are equal for Europen and non-European students.


The tuition fee doesn’t include the subscription to Adobe Illustrator.


*Early bird tuition fee of € 990 available for the fall 2021 session if you apply and pay the fees before the 1st of July 2021.

**Enrolment fee is due at the moment of registration.

After completing the Digital Fashion Design part-time course, we suggest you the following courses:

Collection Design Development

Design a full collection to a professional standard, alongside a design work portfolio.

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