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Online degree in Clothing Technology APD

Study online and get the Textile Institute Licentiateship in APD: Clothing Technology

Course Description

You can study online with Fashion Express Learning and become a certified Clothing Technologist in Apparel Product Development (APD).


The course leads to the Internationally recognized professional qualification the Licentiateship, accredited by the International Textile Institute in the UK.
You can follow on of the two directions in Apparel Product Development:

The courses are delivered online and are based on the unique training methodologies Telestia & AB. The course materials include templates, access to the Online Learning Space and CAD software. Online tutor support is provided throughout the courses for progress monitoring, feedback and assessment.
At the end of the course the student is required to take online exams and provide proof of relevant vocational experience.


APD Clothing Technology focuses on pattern technology and garment making up studies.  The courses are based on interactive methodologies with animations and videos and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow.
When you register for the APD Clothing Technology course program you will study the following course modules:

  • Pattern Making Women’s, Men’s, Children’s wear
  • Fashion Design Technical
  • Sewing
  • Road to Fashion
  • Virtual Factory
  • Pattern Grading womenswear
  • CAD Pattern Cutting
  • CAD Grading

In Fashion Design, you will learn how to develop and express your ideas. You will study technically correct figure design and clothing design. You will learn how to how to implement the basic principles of fashion design.

This course includes the full Pattern Making module for personal and industrial sizes, quickly and accurately.  You will study Womenswear, Menswear and Childrenswear.  You will learn pattern making for the various parts of women’s clothing, including blouses, shirts, skirts, dresses trousers, jackets and coats, you will learn how to implement them in different body sizes including silhouettes that have special needs. In the second year you will study Menswear and Childrenswear You will understand how to develop your own patterns styles.

In the Sewing module you will study all the steps of clothing production, starting with the safety precautions, technical machine information and basic stitches and seams.  You will be guided to more complex sewing operations and apply them to make beautiful garments.

In the Pattern Grading Course you will learn how to grade women’s patterns through a unique simplified methodology that allows you to grade 3-Dimensionally in up to 7 sizes. You will have the opportunity to apply pattern grading in all parts of women’s garments.

You will be able to back up your practical skills with the theoretical knowledge with the Road to Fashion Module. Here you will get an insight in the basics of history of fashion, textile materials, fashion marketing and merchandising.

With the Virtual Factory you will get an insight on how a real clothing factory works. A virtual tour of a fully equipped and functional clothing factory will take you through each department and each function in the departments. The presentations are based on short videos accompanied by brief descriptions to explain what you see on the video.

The Telestia Creator CAD Pattern Cutting  and Pattern Grading software, is a tool to allow you to develop and grade your patterns digitally and make use of them professionally. You will be sent the Telestia Creator CAD software which you can keep after the course and use professionally.

The full course program duration is 2 years or 70 weeks. You can register and begin the program at any time in the year.

Possible career paths

  • Pattern Technologist
  • Freelance pattern technologist
  • Production manager
  • High level technical specialist
  • Quality Control consultant
  • Garment technologist
  • Sample Technician
  • Pattern Grader
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Cutting Room Manager

You can study the course online from the comfort of your home, or from the office, at your own pace, in your own time.

You will receive

When you register for this accredited course you will be given access to the Online Learning Space where you will see and study your lessons. You will also be assigned an Online Tutor. The course is generally hands-on and as you progress you can send your work (through the Online Learning Space) to your Tutor, who will monitor your progress and provide you with feedback on your work.
The courses are organized in Learning Packages that show you what to expect from each learning batch that you will study. The Learning Packages will:

  • show which path to follow in your study course,
  • explain the learning objective from each Learning Package,
  • suggest how you should practice and what kind of exercises to hand in, and
  • indicate  when you have to complete each module.

As you complete each part of the course, the level of your knowledge and skills will be assessed. When you have successfully completed every assessment you will be ready for accreditation and for professional practice.

OPTIONAL MATERIAL: In addition to your online registration, you can continue to have access to your lessons even after the official duration of your online access. Order the online courses at a minimum price for all online students, and get limitless access to your lessons. You can do that either when you register, or at any time during your studies.

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*At the end of the course, you can apply to the Textile Institute to receive your accredited qualification, the Licentiateship. Our College is listed as SITAM AB School of Fashion Design & Applied Arts in the list of accredited educational institutions.
Here you will find more information regarding the route to achieve your Textile Institute LTI qualification through your studies on the eTelestia APD: Clothing courses (Route b).

The full course is accredited by the Textile Institute based in the UK and recognised worldwide. Each course/module you completed will be considered as part of the full course Accredited by the Textile Institute that is run by our school. The courses accredited by the Textile Institute are recognised worldwide please find attached a list of some of the establishments which award qualifications which have been accredited as fulfilling the academic requirements for Associateship (CText ATI) and/or Licentiateship (LTI) of The Textile Institute. The full list of accredited qualifications is available from TI International upon request.

Tuition Fees

Payment in full (-5% discount):

NameClothing APD TI Year 1
Includes34 week support
Original fees£1830.00  (-5% discount)= £1738.00

NameClothing APD TI Year 2
Includes36 week support
Original fees£1645.00   (-5% discount)= £1562.00

TOTAL throughout the 2 years: £3475.00   (-5% discount)=  £3300.00

Alternative payment plan:
Year 1

NameClothing APD TI Week 1
Includes12 Weeks support
153 lessons - Pattern Making Womenswear
30 lessons - Fashion Technical Drawing A
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space and Pattern Making and Fashion Design AB Templates

NameClothing APD TI Week 13
Includes12 Weeks support
9 lessons Road to Fashion A (social & marketing studies)
64 lessons Sewing A
7 lessons Virtual Factory A (production)
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space, Road to Fashion and Virtual Factory installation

NameClothing APD TI Week 25
Includes10 Weeks study
Telestia Creator CAD Software Pattern Cutting
You will receiveTelestia Creator CAD software and Pattern Cutting license

Total for Year 1= £1830.00

Year 2

NameClothing APD TI Week 36
Includes11 Weeks support
85 lessons - Pattern making Menswear and Childrenswear
13 lessons - Fashion Technical Drawing B
49 lessons - Sewing B
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space

NameClothing APD TI Week 47
Includes13 Weeks support
65 lessons Pattern Grading
7 lessons Road to Fashion B (social and Marketing studies)
7 lessons Virtual Factory B.
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space and Pattern Grading AB Template

NameClothing APD TI Week 60
Includes12 Weeks study Telestia Creator CAD software Pattern Grading.
You will receiveTelestia Creator CAD software Pattern Grading license

Total for Year 2= £1645.00
TOTAL throughout the 2 years: £ 3475

Course Information

Product Software
Course Title Online degree in Clothing Technology APD
Licentiateship by Textile Institute UK

202 of Pattern Making (womenswear, menswear & childrenswear),
36 of Fashion Design Technical,
93 of Sewing,
26 of Road to Fashion (social and marketing studies),
14 of Virtual Factory (production), and licenses
67 of Pattern Grading (womenswear)
Telestia Creator CAD software Pattern Cutting
Telestia Creator CAD Software Pattern Grading

You will receive

Access to Online Learning Space,
Online Tutor Support,
40 Learning Packages,
3 Relevant Course Templates

Online Tutor
70 weeks
Online Access
100 weeks
All levels
Tuition fees £3,300.00


You can view your lessons even after the official duration of your online access. Additionally you can order the course content in CD format, at a minimum price for all online students, and get limitless access to tour lessons.

Pattern Making Full Course
NamePattern Making Full Course
Includes203 incl. womenswear, menswear & childrenswear
Original Fees£680,00 with discount is:
Fashion Design Full Course
NameFashion Design Full Course
Includes97 lessons incl. Technical Drawing, Creative Design
Original Fees£410,00 with discount is:
Sewing Full Course
NameSewing Full Course
IncludesIncludes 59 garment operations, 9 garment cases, 6 lining cases, 29 interlining cases, 107 pressing operations, 35 seams and finishes
Original Fees£510,00 with discount is:
Pattern Grading Full Course
NamePattern Grading Full Course
Includes85 incl. womenswear, menswear & childrenswear
Original Fees£510,00 with discount is:

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