Diploma in Apparel Design

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About the Programme

TaF.tc’s Diploma in Apparel Design & Product Development emphasises on necessary industry-relevant skills such as technical specifications for materials, pattern drafting and development, sewing, managing quality assurance, merchandise buying and developing your own design collection. With the help of experienced trainers, prepare yourself for the competitive Fashion industry. 


This programme is for you if ...
... you're an aspiring/existing fashion brand and business owner
... you're interested in joining the fashion industry as a Fashion Designer
... you're a practitioner in the Fashion industry who wants to polish your craft

The TaF.tc Difference

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Practical Industry Knowledge

Our trainers are practitioners in the fashion industry today - so if they're teaching it, they've experienced it too. Everything you learn at TaF.tc can be applied to your professional life in fashion and will be taught through interactive workshops, whether online or in TaF.tc's Sewing Labs.
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Global Network of Entrepreneurs and Experts

As the industry becomes more interconnected, so does our network. Our partners, contacts, and advisors are as close to home as Thailand or Japan and as far as Italy or the UK. Tap into a professional community built over decades of industry immersion.
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Post-Graduate Career Support

We are committed to preparing you for success in the industry. Our career support connects you to jobs available on the market, opportunities for further studies, and resources to help you start your own brand. Whether you've just started your programme or just graduated, we're here for you.

Your Curriculum

In 15 modules covering 5 broad themes, you'll get a 360 view of the fashion industry.
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Fundamentals of Fashion Design

These courses teach you everything you need to know from materials to product development - perfect to get you started on the basic technical skills you require!

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Textiles
  • Apparel Production
  • Garment Construction
  • Apparel Production Drawing
  • Apparel Product Development
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Fashion Business Essentials

Learn to own a successful fashion business that satisfies its customers and upkeeps customer loyalty with essential business skills such as quality assurance and merchandise buying.

Courses include:
  • Quality Assurance in Textile & Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Retail Merchandise Buying
  • Fashion Brand Creation & Management
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Digitalising Fashion Design

Get up to speed with the latest driving force in the Fashion industry - Digitalisation. Stay relevant in the industry by learning to design and prototype your fashion collection virtually.

Courses include:
  • Digital Apparel Design
  • Virtual Prototyping
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Fashion Design & Making Courses

Get down and dirty with hands-on classes that will guide you through creating your own fitted garments from scratch.

Courses include:
  • Drafting and Sewing Tops
  • Drafting and Sewing Bottoms
  • Draping
  • Fit Evaluation and Pattern Alteration
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Fashion Design Capstone Project

Time to apply all the skills you have learnt! From the creation of mood boards to the final technical package, create your final fashion collection from scratch within a given timeframe - which you can add to your portfolio and use to apply for jobs after graduation!

Courses include:
  • Fashion Design Collection
*All on-campus courses will be taught in accordance to the highest standards of safety and social distancing throughout class hours.

Your Trainers

From GAP to Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger to Timberland - your trainers have been there, done that, and seen it all. Uncover the industry's secrets under the tutelage its leaders.
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Thomas Tan

Senior Fashion Designer (Worked with GAP, A&F, and more)
Thomas is a designer who has extensive experience in the global apparel manufacturing and retail arena. He started his career working for local retailers, assistant stylist, textile designer and had been a designer with a renowned transnational apparel manufacturer, doing cut & sew knits, and have worked with retailers and brands such as Gap, Macy’s, Dockers, Target, JC Penny, Sears, Wal-mart, CK Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch etc.
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Tanya Tan

Graphic Design Expert & CLO-3D Specialist
Well-versed in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator Indesign, and CLO-3D, Tanya is a graphic design expert with more than 3 decades of experience in the creative industry. Some of her clients include Ministry of Manpower, OCBC Bank, The Trade Development Board, Halvec Laboratories, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Avery Dennison.

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Ashley Choong

Head Merchandiser & Textile Specialist
Ashley started her professional career in CAD Pattern Development and Material Optimisation, producing quality men’s shirts for Brooks Brothers, Arrow, etc. She subquently advanced her career in the area of Research & Development, Merchandising, Production planning and Control. She has also worked with clients such as  Polo Ralph Lauren, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger.

Your Alumni Network

We are proud to see our alumni flourish in the fashion industry, whether they are hired by the likes of Ghim Li and Teo Garments or carving their own path as brand owners.
Click the alumni portraits to discover their brands!
“There were a lot of practical things that we learnt like drawing digital silhouettes, crafting press releases, and learning about technical specification sheets for manufacturing, which were all really important for starting the brand.”

Belinda and Su May

Co-Founders of Pink Salt
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“After I joined this course, it gave me the confidence and skills to start my own brand. The course contents offered allowed me to widen my knowledge and skills in fashion. I had a lot of fun through out my whole journey in TaF.tc.”

Nadiah

Founder of Elnadyah
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Visit Us

There's no better way to experience TaF.tc than to come by and say hello! Meet with our programme advisors for group tours or one-on-one consultations.
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Financing Your Studies

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Nett Fee Payable

S$ 6,943.75

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,000
✅Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funding of up to $500
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 2,679.75

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG and 20% SFMCES funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

✅ SkillsFuture Credits of up to $1,500
✅Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funding of up to $500
Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 6,943.75

including 7% GST,
after 70% SSG funding
Application Fee
$192.60
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

Nett Fee Payable

S$ 23,812.85

including 7% GST
Application Fee
$695.50
including 7% GST

Funding Support

Contact our programme advisors about installment options!

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July 19 - November 16, 2021

Full-time
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October 18, 2021 - February 24, 2022

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November 2, 2021 - November 3, 2022

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Admissions Requirements

Before you apply, click here to check admissions requirements and ensure that you're prepared for our Diploma!

Singapore/PR Students:
Aged 16 years and above
Possess at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 incl. English and Mathematics
OR ES WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Level 5 and above
OR WSQ Advanced Certificate in Fashion Technology
OR TaF.tc's Advanced Certificate

International Students:
Aged 16 years and above
High School Diploma equivalent to GCE ‘O’ Levels with minimum grade C6 for 3 subjects, incl. English and Mathematics
IELTS score 5.5 or TOEFL score 600

ALL Students are required to have basic computing skills - i.e. able to turn on the laptop, use the mouse, drag and drop files, use online search engines for research; and be a competent user of Microsoft Office.

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Contact Us

Curious about the Diploma? Want to try a few courses? Looking to talk to someone before you make a choice? Our programme advisors are here to get you started.

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FAQs

Do I need any background knowledge about the Fashion Industry?

Not at all! You can enrol for our Diploma programme without any prior experience, as long as you have a passion for fashion!

Where will the Diploma be held?

The Diploma will be done both online via Zoom, and offline at Central Plaza (Tiong Bahru MRT).

How much is the full Diploma programme?

The cost of the Apparel Design Diploma is S$6,943.75 for Singaporeans and PRs, and S$2,679.75 for Singaporeans above 40 years old.

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Will TaF.tc support me with my Fashion career after graduating?

Yes we will! Whether it's through promoting your brand on our alumni portal THE LABEL SG, or providing mentorships and consultations to further your studies, we’ve got your back! Talk to us to find out more!

Will I get a certificate upon completion?

Most definitely! Upon completion of your Diploma programme, you will be awarded a hardcopy WSQ Diploma certificate from us, and you can also access the softcopy via your MySkillsFuture portal!

Is TaF.tc's Diploma recognised?

As an Edutrust and Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) certified training centre, with 11 top fashion schools recognising our Diplomas for accreditation programmes like Paris College Of Art and Atelier Chardon Savard, TaF.tc continues to stay in line with leading national and international fashion industry standards.

How are the courses conducted and assessed?

The courses are conducted in the form of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, case studies, practical exercises, and hands-on activities. You will then be assessed on the work you have done with a final evaluation at the end of every course.

What will the Diploma cover?

The Apparel Design Diploma will be split into 5 main categories which will cover the fundamentals of fashion design, fashion business essentials, digitalising fashion design, dressmaking, and a final capstone project to wrap up everything you’ve learnt in the Diploma.
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Are there any pre-requisites?

You can join our Diploma programme if you’re aged 16 years and above and have either: at least 3 GCE 'O' Level credits with a minimum of C6 including English and Mathematics, or ES WSQ Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Level 5 and above, or an Advanced Certificate from TaF.tc.
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