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Introduction to Digital Fashion Design Skills

Learn the basics of 3D fashion design software and showcase your garments in your very own digital fashion shoot.

1,687 enrolled on this course

Digital fashion render showcasing a model in a graphic dress, floating in an abstract, black and white scene.

Introduction to Digital Fashion Design Skills

1,687 enrolled on this course

  • 5 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop your fashion software knowledge and hone your digital design skills

Understanding digital fashion design software is vital when it comes to establishing a career within the fashion industry.

On this five week course, you’ll learn to use different design programs so that you’re equipped to create stunning 3D fashion designs from start to finish.

Learn the basics of digital fashion from pattern ideas to set design

Digital fashion design processes are constantly evolving as new technologies are introduced to the fashion industry.

On this course, you’ll master a digital workflow, from editing existing patterns to set design and 3D rendering.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to plan, create, and produce designs to incorporate into your portfolio. You’ll also develop more freedom and autonomy to create the designs you’re passionate about.

Explore digital design techniques using CLO 3D, Mixamo, and Blender software

CLO 3D, Mixamo, and Blender are three of the most popular programs used in digital fashion design today.

You’ll explore each program and learn the basics of each, allowing you to incorporate these skills into your current design processes.

By understanding each of these programs, you’ll be able to master a workflow that can see you through initial design ideas to a completed project quickly and efficiently.

Enhance your career prospects using sought-after skills in the fashion industry

This course will equip you with the knowledge to further your career in the fashion industry, guided by experts from UCA, a global leader in digital fashion.

Using their insight into what prospective employers are looking for, you’ll develop your practical knowledge of the fashion tech sector and learn to impress with your cutting-edge digital skills, incorporating techniques from a variety of programs into your 3D fashion design output.


  • Week 1

    Digitizing and Editing an Existing Pattern

    • Introduction

      Introduction to the course. Software and Hardware requirements.

    • Preparing your Pattern

      Take a photo of an existing, phyisical pattern. We will prepare it and import it into CLO3D.

    • Trace and Sew Pattern

      Trace from your reference photo, sew one half (if pattern is symmetrical) and save file.

    • Creative Task: Alter your Garment

      In a copy of your construction file, you can try out all the tools to create a new iteration of your garment. This is where you should invest time in experimenting.

    • Multiple Choice Quiz

      The short quiz covers relevant information from this week.

  • Week 2

    UVs and Posing with Mixamo

    • Introduction

      Quick recap of last week's content and introduction to this week's topics.

    • UV Maps and Texture Baking

      Using CLO3Ds built-in UV Editor

    • Posing in Mixamo

      Export your avatar and apply a custom pose from Mixamo's extensive library.

    • Import Pose in CLO3D and Export

      Apply your custom pose in CLO3D and prepare for exporting to Blender.

    • Multiple Choice Quiz

      Multiple Choice Quiz

  • Week 3

    Procedural Surface Design

    • Introduction

      Quick recap of last week's content and introduction to this week's topics.

    • Getting Started with Blender

      A short introduction to Blender.

    • What are Procedural Textures?

      What are procedural textures and what are the advantages of this workflow?

    • Creative Task: New Materials

      You will create new materials, either based on the example materials or starting from scratch.

    • Multiple Choice Quiz

      Short Multiple Choice Quiz

  • Week 4

    Normal Maps and Embellishments

    • Introduction

      Quick recap of last week's content and introduction to this week's topics.

    • Apply Normal Maps

      We will apply the normal map from Week 2 to our final material.

    • Create Embellishments

      We will take our garment to the next level by adding embellishments.

    • Multiple Choice Quiz

      Short Multiple Choice Quiz

  • Week 5

    Set Design and Rendering

    • Introduction

      Quick recap of last week's content and introduction to this week's topics.

    • Set Up Your Camera and Lighting

      Understanding basic camera and lighting settings is key to create impactful renders.

    • Set Design

      Create a custom set using props and backdrops.

    • Rendering and Compositing

      In this final step, we will render the image and look at Blender's Compositing feature.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Practice a workflow using CLO3D, Mixamo and Blender
  • Design new garments and patterns using 3D Software
  • Produce a digitally rendered fashion editorial

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for designers already working in the fashion industry or those who want to launch a career in fashion and want to develop their 3D rendering skills and digital workflow knowledge.

Who will you learn with?

Rooted both in traditional and digital fashion, I focus on building a bridge between the two practices. Currently I work as a freelance hybrid and digital fashion designer.

Who developed the course?

University for the Creative Arts

We believe creativity makes communities more vibrant, innovative, human.

So, we support every UCA student to forge their own path, using their creativity to make a difference in their studies and into their careers to help establish a better world.

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