How To Create An Impressive Fashion Design Portfolio

A full guide to creating and presenting your fashion portfolio for entry into university, art college or job interviews.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

Follow this course and learn how to create and present your fashion portfolio, so that it will inspire, impress and show off your unique talents to those that see it during university, college or job applications.

Make sure your fashion design portfolio stands out and demonstrates the artistic skills, talents and visual communication abilities you have.

This course will help:

  • Fashion students at all levels
  • People going through the application process for a university or college course in fashion design or a fashion related course
  • People applying for a job in the field of fashion where a portfolio is required as part of the interview process
  • Mature students, those on a GAP year and people in a job who want to ensure their portfolio is of the best standard it can be

After completing the course:

By successfully completing this course you can ensure that your portfolio works for you and inspires and impresses those that view it, showing off your unique and real talents. It will increase the chances of you landing your fashion design job or entry into the university or college course you dream of.

Duration - the course will take about 1.5 hours to complete.

Structure - you'll be guided by a tutor who has both fashion design and teaching experience and is a gifted designer in her own right, able to pass on her experience to you.

Materials - you will receive complimentary key learning point sheets, a portfolio check-sheet as well as personal goal plans and action planner for use during and after you have completed the course.

Tutor Support - your tutor is on hand to call upon for any support you need and to help you to make the most of the course and the time and money you have invested.

Student Discussions - the course includes an opportunity to join in with other students and discussions relating to the creation of your fashion portfolio.

Life Time Access - you have lifetime access to the course so there's no need to feel that you have to complete it within a few days. Start and finish when it suits you knowing that if for any reasons you can't complete it in one go you can always finish it later.


The course will not teach you how to draw so if you have no artistic skills or need to develop your fashion drawing techniques then you should choose one of my other courses.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have a realistic artistic talent in the first place as your portfolio displays this talent

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to create a fashion design portfolio to enable you to provide visual evidence of your artistic capabilities and distinguished identity
  • Understand the importance of your portfolio as a communication tool to positively influence universities and employers
  • Understand what universities and employers want to see in your portfolio in order to help them understand your artistic flare
  • Know what elements of your work to include in your portfolio and what to exclude
  • Assess your fashion portfolio against a checklist of essential elements to make your work stand out
  • Recognise where your fashion design portfolio needs to improve and how to do it
  • Learn what mistakes to avoid when submitting your work for review.

Who is the target audience?

  • Current fashion students at all levels who wish to re-inforce the quality of their portfolios to ensure they maximize the impact it makes when needed
  • People applying for a fashion design course with a university or college where a portfolio forms part of the application process
  • People that are applying for a job in fashion design or a fashion related field and where a portfolio is required as part of the job interview
  • Mature students, those on a GAP year and people in a job who want to ensure their portfolio is of the best standard it can be

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Tutor Welcome and Course Overview

In this lecture you'll get a chance to meet your tutor Cheryl, learn about the course, and how to make the most of your time with your tutor and the other students learning with you. This lecture helps you understand why the course will help you make an inspiring portfolio.

Cheryl will give you some great tips on how to make the most of the course by following it effectively. There are several things that you can do to improve your overall experience as a student. These will make it more enjoyable and fun to follow, help you join in fully and get the most from the experience Cheryl can offer you.

By following this lecture you will:

  1. Have met your tutor and be confident of her experience in the topic.
  2. Know why you should join in with the course discussions and how to go about it.
  3. Have set yourself a learning goal for the course.
  4. Rated your current confidence level in how to create an impressive fashion design portfolio.
  5. Described your biggest challenges in creating your portfolio.

Section 2: The Purpose Of A Fashion Portfolio For University, College and Job Applications

In this lecture Cheryl will give you an overview of the concept of a portfolio, what it is, why it’s so important to have one and what makes a portfolio exciting to look through and review.

At the end of the lecture you’ll understand how your portfolio can become an important part of your design toolkit and why you should pay sufficient time and creative energy in getting it ready to impress.

There are also support documents containing the key points from the lecture which you can download from the resource area. These will help you after the course as a reminder of what you have covered.

Section 3: Creating Your Fashion Portfolio In Practice

This short lecture will help you to understand exactly what will be covered in this section of the course. It will also describe what you will be able to do after this section.

We cover:

  1. Choosing The Best Format
  2. What To Include And Exclude
  3. The Use Of Sketchbooks
  4. Organising Your Portfolios Content
  5. Using Fabric Swatches, Sewing And Knitting Samples
  6. Using Photos And Magazine Cuttings
  7. How Much To Include
  8. Advice For Physically Presenting Your Work
  9. Portfolio Top Tips And Check List

In this lesson we’re going to be considering the best format for your portfolio and what your options are for choosing a portfolio. By the end of this lesson you will be able to pick the best format for your work and know where to go to create an online portfolio too.


In this lesson you are going to learn what to include and exclude from your portfolio so that you only have the pieces that will add value and communicate your talents effectively. You may have dozens and dozens of pieces of work to choose from so picking a selection and rejecting others can often be a difficult task. Cheryl will teach you how to do this correctly.


Organising your content is just as important as selecting the best pieces to include. So in this lecture you'll learn how to organise the contents to show off your talents and tell your story. We cover the use of fabric swatches, knitting and sewing samples, the use of photos and magazine clippings, accessory and footwear design as well as your general art work, CV, press cuttings and certificates.


Presentation is key so in this lecture you will learn the key aspects of physically presenting your work in your portfolio to make the best impression and avoid mistakes and an unprofessional appearance of your work.

When there are two students with similar standards of work, both demonstrating similar standards of creative flair, the one with the most professional presentation of work is more likely to win. Make sure you are the one that wins.


In this lecture you will learn the importance of using sketchbooks, what to include in them and how to use them to build value into your portfolio.


In this lecture you will learn about the best ways to present any fabric, knitting and sewing samples so that your portfolio is complete and professionally presented.


In this lecture you will learn when to include footwear and accessory design work in your portfolio so that you have the right mix of work to show in you portfolio.


This lesson will help you to recognise how to use magazine cuttings and photos and when to include them in your portfolio.


In this lecture Cheryl will give you a fashion portfolio checklist that you can use to double check you have developed your portfolio in the right way. You can use this as you build your portfolio. This will become your essential tool when bringing all your pieces together.

Section 4: Interviews and Your Portfolio

Advice from Cheryl on how to manage the use of CV, certificates and press cutings in your portfolio.


In this lesson you will discover 11 common mistakes that are found in fashion portfolio submissions to university. You will know how to avoid making the same mistakes yourself and therefore dramatically increase the chance of winning your place at your chosen university, college or art school.


This lecture gives you 10 ways to standout from the crowd of other course or job applicants so that your art work and portfolio content shines and has a distinctive and noticeable difference compared to other candidates at interview.

Section 5: Recap and Summary

In this lecture you will learn what you can do now after having taken the course to improve your current portfolio. You will be given an action plan template to develop your fashion design portfolio and take it to the next level.

You will also be given guidance on how to make the most of your interviews.


This lessons gives you links to several YouTube videos published by various universities. Each video offers advice on what the university is advising their current candidates. It reinforces some of the key messages that Cheryl has provided in this course.


Cheryl says goodbye and offers you a few final words of support and guidance.

9 questions

This quiz is to help you identify which areas of the course content you have learnt and which areas you could do with revisiting.

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Instructor Biography

Cheryl Gregory, Your No 1 Udemy Fashion Design Instructor

In The Beginning

I discovered my passion for fashion early on. I was educated in the Cotswolds. British born, I made my fashion debut in the 80's.

Coming from a design background I have a BA Honours degree in Fashion and Textiles Design, and History of Art. With an eye for detail and a passion for anything creative, fashion has always been intrinsically important in everything I do.

How did you get started in fashion design?

My fashion aesthetic and strong designs are qualities which have established me as a designer of the more innovative stylists. My strength is accessory design, and my first assignment was as a young designer for The Mulberry Company Design Ltd, before launching myself into my own successful fashion design business.

As an accessory designer I took my love and inspiration from the history and culture from Italy's Le Marche region. Le Marche is a land of ancient traditions and crafts manufacturing, here, are located some of the major brands famous all over the world. I feel in love with the shoe making district of Fermo and Macerata situated on the border of the provinces of the same name, where is still the largest concentration of footwear producing companies in Italy.

Current Expertise

Now, I have entered a new chapter in my career, writing/developing and designing courses, and helping budding young fashion designers with their first step up onto the catwalk of success.

Since 2009, I built my own brand and business with the lifestyle approach I had always envisioned, and spend much of my time between France, Italy and the UK, where I teach my youngest of four children the 'nitty-gritty' of the fashion industry.

I am passionate, energetic and a highly driven designer, able to think strategically with a creative mindset. I have wide-ranging knowledge and expertise in making collections for different clients and a deep ability as accessories designer. This puts me in the perfect position to inspire a new generation of young designers into the industry.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I really enjoy helping young people. I like knowing that someone's life is better because of what I do. With the help of the worldwide web and social media, I am able to give budding young designers a step on the ladder to their dream career, this in itself brings me great satisfaction.

As well as evaluating prospective students' portfolios. I also help students with important portfolio presentation.

When I'm Not Working

And when I am not working? Well, one of my passions is travel and when I am not discovering new areas in the South of France and Italy, I can be found sipping a Caffè ristretto at Caffè Florian in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy's oldest Café. Here you can be seated in one of the café's frescoed rooms or outside listening to the orchestra in the Piazza, enjoying impeccable service and products of the finest quality!

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