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Online degree in Design Technology APD

Study online and get the Textile Institute Licentiateship in Design Technology

Course Description

Study with and become a professional Designer in Apparel Product Development.


The Apparel Product Development Design Technology course, leads to the internationally recognised professional qualification, Licentiateship, accredited by the International Textile Institute in the UK.

Our college provides two directions in Apparel Product Development:

This course provides the flexibility of time and location. You can study to become a fashion designer online and get a professional qualification for your studies.
  Students will be given access to the Online Learning Space and learn through the unique training methodologies Telestia & AB. The course materials include rulers and CAD software in the latest technology with interactive animations and videos. Step-by-step instructions make it easier to achieve the desired learning success.  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 Design Technology focuses in acquiring all the skills in becoming a knowledgeable and successful fashion designer with all the tools and skills to exploit your creativity.

When you register for the APD Design Technology course program you will study the following course modules:

  • Pattern Making Women’s wear
  • Fashion Design Technical
  • Fashion Design Creative
  • Sewing
  • Road to Fashion
  • Virtual Factory
  • CAD Pattern Cutting
  • CAD Fashion Design


In the Fashion Design module, 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.
In Fashion Design Creative you will also learn illustration techniques, styling principles, colour theory, how to develop your own style and how to create your own design portfolio.  At the end of the course you will be able to make your own collections.

This course includes the full womenswear Pattern Making module for personal and industrial sizes, quickly and accurately.   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.

Understanding the principles and applications of Sewing, will allow you to develop your creativity in Fashion Design further and make designs that are both more realistic and inspired. 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.

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 Fashion Design software, provides easy to use tools that will extend your creativity to make designs that you never even thought possible. You will be able to develop and design your patterns and fashion drawings digitally and make use of them professionally.This unique CAD pattern cutting and fashion design system comes with build-in help and demo guidelines. Experience the vast number of options available and bring to life your design ideas.
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 

  • Fashion Designer
  • Freelance designer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Sample Design and Development
  • Fashion brand designer
  • Technical Designer

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

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

NameDesign APD TI Year 2
Includes36 week support
Original fees£1465.00   (-5% discount)= £1391.00

TOTAL throughout the 2 years: £3295.00  (-5% discount)= £3129.00

Alternative payment plan:
Year 1

NameDesign APD TI Week 1
Includes12 Weeks support
84 lessons - Pattern Making Womens L1
43 lessons - Fashion Technical Drawing
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space, Pattern Making and Fashion Design Templates AB

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

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

Total for Year 1= £1830.00

Year 2

NameDesign APD TI Week 36
Includes11 Weeks support
79 lessons - Pattern Making Women’s 2- Skirts & Trousers, Blouses, Jackets & Coats, Dresses
61 lessons - Fashion Design Creative & Project development
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space

NameDesign APD TI Week 47
Includes13 Weeks support
49 lessons Sewing B
7 lessons Road to Fashion B (social & marketing studies)
7 lessons Virtual Factory B (production)
You will receiveAccess to Online Learning Space

NameDesign APD TI Week 60
Includes12 Weeks study
Telestia Creator CAD Fashion Design Software
You will receiveTelestia Creator CAD software Fashion Design license

Total for Year 2= £1465.00
TOTAL throughout the 2 years: £3295.00

Course Information

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

153 of Pattern Making (womenswear),
95 of Fashion Design,
93 of Sewing,
26 of Road to Fashion (social and marketing studies),
14 of Virtual Factory (production) and licence for
Telestia Creator CAD Pattern Cutting
Telestia Creator CAD Fashion Design

You will receive

Access to Online Learning Space,
Online Tutor Support,
30 Learning Packages,
2 Relevant Course Templates

Online Tutor
70 weeks
Online Access
100 weeks
All Levels
Tuition fees £3,295.00


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.

Fashion Design Full Course
NameFashion Design Full Course
Includes97 lessons incl. Technical Drawing, Creative Design
Original Fees£410,00 with discount is:
Pattern Making Full Course
NamePattern Making Full Course
Includes203 incl. womenswear, menswear & childrenswear
Original Fees£680,00 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:

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