Recently we did a demo of ‘Textile Designer’, the latest development for Adobe Photoshop. This new tool will change the way print and pattern designers will work forever! Keep up with the latest events and news by signing up to our mailing list.


Whether you are a complete beginner or know your stuff, we have a CAD for Fashion course for you. We teach bespoke and off the peg courses all year round in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for Fashion Design and Fashion Print and Textiles


Our latest workshop was led by the talented, Jess Priest, she lead a painted floral workshop which was followed by an afternoon exploring the most effective and efficient ways to work with you hand painted artwork in Adobe Photoshop with our resident expert Stephen Rose.

Off the Peg Courses

Whether its basic or advanced skills you are looking for, we have something here for you. Our team of industry professional lecturers are on hand to offer first class, advice and support.

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Don’t see what you are looking for? Get in touch with your requirements and we can work together and create a bespoke course for you and your team, ensuring it is completely tailored to your needs.

Bespoke Courses

Need Bespoke, tailored courses for your design team? CAD for Fashion will research, prepare and deliver the simplest, most efficient techniques to get your team working together harmoniously and more effectively. No more struggling to edit badly made archive flats or fumbling through various techniques to get the design right, with product specific training and expertise from Fashion Industry practitioners your team will work faster, and with confidence, no matter what their level of competency was at the beginning of the course.


CAD for Fashion Workshops are a creative, collaborative space where you can get feedback on your Fashion industry Portfolio, gain tips & tricks to get faster at creating your flat drawings.

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1 Day Fashion Industry Portfolio Workshop
We can set projects, deadlines and advice to make working on your Fashion Industry portfolio more productive and enjoyable. With industry experts on hand we can help you get your portfolio up to scratch and ready to impress. Register your interest
1/2 Day Fashion Industry Portfolio Review
Find out how to improve your portfolio, or even just where to start with it! This collaborative workshop will discuss the latest portfolio trends and how to tailor your portfolio for your industry sector. Register your Interest
1/2 Day Industry Readiness
Are you industry ready? Get advice from experienced lecturers who actually work in the industry, ask them anything! Register your Interest

CAD for Fashion judges at Midlands Fashion Awards

CAD for Fashion is all about nurturing new talent from the fashion industry so we were delighted that our founder Erica Horne was recently asked to be a judge at the Midlands Fashion Awards.

An Interview with GB Labels

Branding matters because it’s the one thing that instantly makes you stand out from competitors. Whether that’s at a trade fair such as Top Drawer or on a shelf in a local boutique such as Design at 44.

A Year in the Making

The event was a chance for us all to look back on the last year and see how far we have come. Learners, industry friends and C4F Tutors were all there to raise a glass for everything we have all achieved!

Graduate Fashion Week 2019

Graduate Fashion Week – The most exciting yet most nerve-racking week for the final fashion year students. You never know what could happen in a week, but now it was time to see. Going to Graduate Fashion week in the year of 2019 was a different experience for me than…

Adobe Creative Cloud – Do I need it?

When I started my studies in Fashion Design the only Adobe Creative Cloud program I had heard of was Photoshop. Even so, this wasn’t due to my course. I always associated it with the media; Photoshop creating cellulite-free legs or bronzed skin and tiny waists. Never...

CAD for Fashion X Line + Dot Creative

Adobe Indesign for Fashion Branding CAD for Fashion is very happy to announce our collaboration with Line + Dot Creative! Creative director Alexandra Hardwick is going to be sharing her skills and expertise to help you develop your concept and...

Meet the Team – CAD for Fashion Resident Expert… Stephen Rose

We’re lucky enough at CAD for Fashion to have a resident fashion print and textile expert, Stephen Rose, who tutors our digital print and textile design courses.  Stephen is a mine of information and knowledge, with vast industry experience which he is more than...

Fashion Goes Digital in Derby

There’s much more to being a fashion designer than having an eye for style and a flair for design. In an increasingly digital world, a good working knowledge of CAD software is crucial but, unfortunately, it’s something that’s often overlooked on design courses....

Jess Priest at CAD for Fashion Academy

“Saturday well spent at CAD for Fashion with the incredibly talented Jessica Priest… it’s so good to learn new skills in the workplace both freehand and on Adobe to help enhance your role!”

How Lean is Your Design Process?

Lean processes are all about saving time, reducing waste and increasing productivity. Here are my tips for a healthier profit margin and happier employees!


CAD for Fashion Studio can provide you with beautiful, industry standard CAD drawings of your designs. Working from your basic sketches, photographs or garments; We can create full colour, detailed flat drawings of your designs, ready to present to buyers, clients or suppliers, or a perfectly proportioned technical drawing to send to a Factory or Pattern Cutter. We can help you to help them see your design as you do and to its full potential.

Find us

Situated at the heart of the country, our studio is housed within the Olivetti Building in Derby. It was originally built by architect Ted Cullinan in 1972 for the Olivetti Typewriter company but has recently had its own ‘creative retro fit’ to bring it back to life. Now called the its unique design and interior makes it the perfect inspirational space and with great links to the M1 and A38, its also easily accesible.


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to talk things over before you book, we would be more than happy to answer any questions and help you decide the best options for you.

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