Professional program

Fashion Design Courses

Our fashion design courses will equip you with the creative and business skills to launch your career in the fashion industry or start your own label. There are three key areas of study:  fashion design, pattern making and sewing. You can study all three, choose to specialise, or enrol in a single subject. Our classes are also open to home sewers or anyone wanting to learn a new skill. 


Our Philosophy

We combine the classical techniques used in French couture houses with cutting-edge, luxury ready-to-wear design and construction methods. You'll learn European draping techniques to produce beautiful, well-fitted garments based on your own original designs. We're proudly different to other colleges.


Flexible Classes

The full-time course takes two years to complete.  We have two semesters per year (22 weeks ) with a choice of weekday, evening or Saturday classes. Full-time students attend three days per week and and part-time students from one day per week. Mid-term enrolments are also possible, so you can start when it suits you.


Hands-on skills

We focus on hands-on skills and practical knowledge to launch you into any aspect of the textile industry. In addition to fashion design and garment construction, you'll learn the business skills to manage your own label or work with suppliers, arguably the most important competency of all.  


Expert Teachers

You'll learn at your own pace, with one on one instruction from highly-skilled instructors with real-world industry experience. The course is intensively taught and you'll get the most out of it if you allocate additional time away from class to practice techniques and complete assignments.


Fully-Equipped Studio

Our studio is bright and airy with loads of natural light. We have a range of domestic and industrial sewing machines,  overlockers and computerised equipment. We also stock high quality haberdashery items (pins, needles, threads, fusings and drawing supplies) at very reasonable prices.


Affordable Fees

Many of our students work part-time, taking advantage of our flexible study options enable them to fund their program as they go. With courses starting at $825  per term for 38.5 hours of tuition, this works out just under $21.50 per hour.  A great investment in your future.

Course Details

As a student at CAFA, you'll master various textile skills including garment design, pattern making for unique designs and grading, sewing and finishing garments to an advanced level. We focus on hands-on skills and practical knowledge to launch you into any aspect of the textile industry. 

We'll prepare you to enter the commercial textile industry with the help of StyleCAD pattern making programs, which combine industrial and couture design techniques in order to provide commercially viable production methods for ready-to-wear and couture garments.

The Professional Fashion Design Program will also arm you with a strong business knowledge to enable you to thrive in a commercial environment. Specific units include fabric, design elements, marketing, merchandising and the social context of fashion.

On completion of this program, you will have attained the knowledge and skills required to work as a fashion designer, pattern maker, dressmaker or illustrator, or to work as a freelancer with retailers and manufacturers. 

You'll graduate having completed a design collection, a portfolio of your work and a dossier of the designs you've constructed during the course. After graduation, you'll  have access to a support program to assist your entry into the commercial fashion world.

How You'll Learn

Students are taught in small groups in a face-to-face environment equipped with specialised pattern making and computerised equipment. Our fashion design vocational course in Sydney allows students the flexibility to study at their own pace and also offers specialised tuition in areas they find difficult. Students are advised of their progress at the end of each semester.

Professional Program Units

Fashion Subjects

Pattern Making Subjects

Business Subjects

  • Design Business
    - garment development
    - specification
    - costing & sourcing materials

  • Safety, Sustainability & Ethics in the Fashion Industry

  • The Australian Fashion Industry

Why We're Different

We teach fashion design, pattern making and sewing to the very highest standards and we believe that courses at this level should be available to professionals, school leavers and home sewers alike. We're also focused on providing real-world skills that will help our students gain meaningful jobs in the areas of fashion industry. Find out more about what makes us unique. 

Mid-term enrolments are often possible. Please contact us and we'll do our best to fit you in.