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Diploma in Fashion Design & Apparel Merchandising

Duration: 14 Months Full Time
Eligibility: 10+2 Level and Above
Intake: 20 Students in a Batch
Location: Calicut, Kannur, Kochi, Trivandrum and Nagpur
Diploma Awarded by: Bharathiar University


At Cinderbay we believe in a holistic understanding and learning of fashion. We understand that the Fashion world is more than the sum of its beautifully crafted dresses, or realisation of new designs. It is also the recognition of various nuances of fabrics and materials that are used to create a fashion statement. Our intensive 14 months course is a rich blend of theory and practical classes, hypothetical and real life projects with industry sponsors, field visits to garment manufacturing units and art museums, design talks and seminars, internship and an on-campus fashion show.

Steps of learning:

  1. The fashion design program starts with basic courses like Fabric analysis, Garment construction techniques, Merchandising, Elements and principles of design, CAD(Computer Aided Design), Historic costumes and surface embellishments.

  2. These gradually give way to individual and group classroom projects which requires the students to apply the basic fundamentals coupled with creative inspirations to come up with an idea that works for the target group.

  3. The students are now encouraged to come up with a creative idea and take it from a concept to sketches to swatches, to prototypes and finally to a complete design collection. This collection is showcased in a professionally choreographed fashion show organized by Cindrebay School of Fashion and Interior design on campus. The show is attended by eminent people from the industry, models, fashion photographers and is open to the fashion design students from various other design schools. 

Once this is achieved, the student is ready to go for an internship in the industry to test his knowledge further and brave the pressures of working with constraints in the industry scenario. These phases of learning transforms the student from a fashion amateur to a well trained Fashion designer ready to take on the challenges of the fast changing and competitive fashion industry.

Our curriculum aims at recognising fabrics, discern the differences between them, technicalities employed on various materials, their histories, their employment, their implementation, among others.  The various components of the 18 months  programme Diploma in Fashion Design & Apparel Merchandising include:


Apparel/Garment Construction

The coursework focuses on the techniques and skills required to draft and create original garment designs. It will introduce students to the processes and technology associated with fashion design as well as the creative and technical considerations of the apparel industry. Students will have the opportunity to design and create their own apparel using different equipment and software programs. The course includes draping, patternmaking and sewing.


Fashion illustration

Fashion Illustration is all about training the student to translate their creative ideas on paper though attractive sketches with the help of various mediums like pencil, charcoal, pastels or paints. It is a skill that every fashion designer must possess because these drawings are usually the first thing that Fashion buyers and stylists see to make a decision for their clients. These are also used in ads and sales for the fashion house. Students would also be trained to use Adobe Illustrator during the course to make their drawings on computer.

Elements and principles of design

This course makes the foundation for each and every project a student does. The elements and principles of design like Balance, Emphasis, Color, repetition etc are the building blocks of any piece of art. A detailed understanding of these provides the student with enough tools to take up a design challenge.

Fabric study

The coursework involves a study of the interrelationship of fibers, yarns, fabric structures, and finishes. Product suitability for end use and use and care problems are determined from fiber/fabric information.  Textile identification, analysis, and testing procedures are explored during the course. A brief study of Traditional Indian textiles is also included here.

Historic costumes

The coursework includes the study of costume from 18th century to the present. The influence of social, political, technological and economic conditions on costume design is investigated to understand the relevance of these on design. It gives the student an idea of how trends emerge and how can they be forecasted in advance.

Surface embellishment

The coursework includes the study of various techniques used to embellish a fabric after it is woven or printed or made into a garment. Embroidery, Printing, beadwork, crochet, draw-thread and cutwork are a few of these techniques.


The coursework revolves around the business aspect of fashion. The student learns how to make fashion relatable to the consumer through branding, market research and visual merchandising. They observe and participate in a wide spectrum of experiences in a retail setting including contact with customers, retail sales and stocking merchandise.

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