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Digital Pattern Cutting (one week)

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 6 September 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week


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This course is a practical introduction to digital pattern cutting and will provide you with the technical skills to develop and produce commercial garments through Computer Aided Design (CAD).


Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

On this course you’ll learn the skills of digitising, creating patterns and blocks, grading and making pattern amendments, allowing you to take your fashion designs to a commercial pre-production level.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your pattern cutting career or you’re already in the industry looking to enhance your skills further, the course will demonstrate how CAD can bring your designs to industry standard.

You’ll learn how to digitise your designs using Lectra CAD software, exploring pattern creation and modification, fit amendments, dart manipulation, adding fullness, creating seam allowances, adding notches and drill holes.

You’ll be introduced to these skills and techniques through demonstrations, project work, one-to-one feedback and group critiques.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have enhanced your knowledge of Lectra CAD software for digital pattern cutting and understand how it can be used to produce patterns for commercial use.

You’ll have the confidence to move your manual cutting skills to a digital platform, leaving with pattern samples and technical notes to enhance your portfolio.

In addition to the sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Tutor Profile:

Joanne Phillips is a digital pattern cutting lecturer for the degree courses in fashion and creative pattern cutting at NTU.

Joanne was also the Design and Development Manager for lingerie retailer Bravissimo and has over 22 years of experience working in the fashion industry; covering manual and digital pattern cutting, garment technology, auditing and working with factories around the world.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • create blocks and patterns from scratch
  • learn how to digitise your patterns using CAD
  • understand modification techniques
  • assemble your pattern pieces
  • explore measuring and size charts in CAD software
  • learn how to grade patterns using CAD software
  • understand how CAD pattern systems are used in the fashion industry today.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have enhanced your knowledge of Lectra CAD software for digital pattern cutting and understand how it can be used to produce patterns for commercial use.

You’ll have the confidence to move your manual cutting skills to a digital platform, leaving with pattern samples and technical notes to enhance your portfolio.

In addition to the sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should have a practical understanding of traditional pattern cutting.

Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should have a practical understanding of traditional pattern cutting.

Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £650.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £650.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418