FASHION DESIGN NC III Curriculum Guide – K to 12 Home Economics Livelihood Track

March 26, 2022


Technology-Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational Track specializations may be taken between Grades 9 to 12.
Schools may offer specializations from the four strands as long as the minimum number of hours for each specialization is met.


Fashion Design (Apparel) (NC III) Curriculum Guide

Prerequisite: Dressmaking NC II or Tailoring NC II
Duration: 640 Hours

This curriculum guide on Fashion Design National Certificate Level III (NC III) is designed for a student to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitude to be a fashion designer in accordance with industry standards.

It covers six (6) basic, six (6) common, and six (6) core competencies a senior high school student should possess such as:
1) Leading workplace communication,
2) Leading small teams,
3) Developing and practicing negotiation skills,
4) Solving workplace problem,
5) Using mathematical concepts and techniques,
6) Using relevant technologies,
7) Carrying out measurements and calculations,
8) Setting up and operating machines,
9) Performing basic maintenance,
10) Maintaining an effective relationship with clients/costumers,
11) Managing own performance,
12) Applying quality standards,
13) Creating garment design,
14) Calculating and procuring garment materials,
15) Supervising garment prototype preparation and mass production,
16) Evaluating finished products,
17),Supervising packaging and dispatching of finished garment, and
18) Performing promotional activities for fashion products and/or services, with a total of 62 outcomes.


1. Explain basic concepts in Fashion Design.
2. Discuss the relevance of the course.
3. Explore career opportunities in Fashion Design.


LO 1. Recognize Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies and Skills (PECS) needed in Fashion Design
1.1 Assess one’s PECS: characteristics, attributes, lifestyle, skills, and traits.
1.2 Assess practitioner’s characteristics, attributes, lifestyle, skills, and traits.
1.3 Compare one’s PECS with that of a practitioner /entrepreneur.


LO 1. Generate a business idea that relates with a career choice in carpentry
1.1 Conduct SWOT analysis.
1.2 Identify the different products/services available in the market.
1.3 Compare different products/services in the carpentry business.
1.4 Determine profile of potential customers.
1.5 Determine profile of potential competitors.
1.6 Generate potential business ideas based on the SWOT analysis.



LO 1. Communicate information about work place processes.
1.1 Select appropriate communication methods.
1.2 Communicate multiple operations involving several topic areas.
1.3 Use questions to gain extra information.
1.4 Identify correct sources of information.
1.5 Select information and sequence correctly when required.
1.6 Maintain verbal and written reporting in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

LO 2. Lead work place discussions.
2.1 Seek response to work place issues
2.2 Provide response to work place issues.
2.3 Make constructive contributions to workplace discussion on such issues as production, quality and safety.
2.4 Communicate goals and aims of actions undertaken in the close up work place.

LO 3. Identify and communicate issues arising in the work place.
3.1 Identify issues and problems as they arise.
3.2 Organize information regarding problems and issues coherently to ensure clear and effective communication.
3.3 Initiate dialog with appropriate personnel.
3.4 Address communication problems and issues as they arise.


LO 1. Provide team leadership.
1.1 Identify and prescribe work requirements to members.
1.2 Disseminate reasons properly for instructions and requirements to team members.
1.3 Recognize and discuss question, problems and concerns to team members and deal with them accordingly.

LO 2. Assign responsibilities among members.
2.1 Allocate duties and responsibilities with respect to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of every team member.
2.2 Allocate duties having regard to individual’s preference, domestic and personal considerations.
2.3 Define and identify properly duties and responsibilities of each member.

LO 3. Set performance expectations for team’s members.
3.1 Establish performance expectations based on client needs and according to assigned requirements.
3.2 Base performance expectations on individual team member’s duties and responsibilities.
3.3 Discuss performance expectations and disseminate to individual team member.

LO 4. Supervise team performance.
4.1 Monitor team member’s performance with respect to the defined performance criteria.
4.2 Provide team members with feedback, positive support and advice on strategies to overcome any difficulties.
4.3 Inform team members of any changes in the priority allocated to assignment or task.
4.4 Provide communication follow-up on all issues affecting the team.


LO 1. Identify relevant information in planning negotiations.
1.1 Identify information in preparation for negotiation and include it in the plan.
1.2 Identify information on creating nonverbal environments for positive negotiations and include it in the plan.
1.3 Identify and include information on different questioning techniques in the plan.

LO 2. Participate in negotiations.
2.1 All parties agree on criteria for successful outcome.
2.2 All parties consider desired outcomes.
2.3 Use appropriate language throughout the negotiation.

LO 3. Document areas for negotiation.
3.1 All parties document and agree on the issues and processes.
3.2 Discuss and assess possible solutions and their viability.
3.3 Confirm and record areas for agreement.
3.4 All parties agree a follow-up action.


LO 1. Explain the analytical technique.
1.1 Explain the Importance and application of analytical technique.
1.2 Define analytical technique such as brainstorming, cause and effect diagrams, PARETO analysis, SWOT analysis, GANT chart, PERT CPM and graphs, and scatter grams.

LO 2. Identify the problem.
2.1 Identify variances from normal operating parameters and product quality.
2.2 Define extent, cause, and nature of the problem based on observation, investigation and analytical technique.
2.3 State and specify the problems clearly.

LO 3. Determine the possible cause/s of the problem.
3.1 Identify possible cause/s of problem based on experience and the use of problem solving tools/analytical technique.
3.2 Develop possible cause statements.
3.3 Explain fundamental causes.


LO 1. Identify mathematical tools and technique to solve problems.
1.1 Identify problem areas based on given conditions.
1.2 Select mathematical technique based on the given problem.

LO 2. Apply mathematical procedure/solution.
2.1 Identify and apply mathematical technique based on the problem.
2.2 Perform mathematical computations to the level of accuracy required for the problem.
2.3 Determine and verify results of mathematical computation based on job requirements.

LO 3. Analyze results.
3.1 Expect and require review results of application based on specifications and outcome.
3.2 Apply appropriate action in case of error


LO 1. Study/select appropriate technology.
1.1 Study appropriate technology based on work requirements.
1.2 Identify and select appropriate technology based on work requirements

LO 2. Apply relevant technology
2.1 Use relevant technology in carrying out function based on work requirements.
2.2 Use applicable software and hardware as per job requirement.
2.3 Observe management concept as per established industry practice.

LO 3. Maintain/enhance relevant technology.
3.1 Apply maintenance of technology in accordance with the industry standard, operating procedure manufacturer’s operating guidelines and occupational health and safety procedure.
3.2 Maintain updating of technology through continuing education or training in accordance with job requirement.
3.3 Report appropriate action for technology failure/defect immediately to the concerned/ responsible person or section.

COMMON COMPETENCIES (Optional for completers of Dressmaking NC II and Tailoring NC II )


LO 1. Read and interpret drawings.
1.1 Identify necessary tools, materials and equipment according to the plan.
1.2 Recognize components, assemblies or object as per job requirement.
1.3 Identify dimensions and specification according to job requirements.

LO 2. Obtain measurements.
2.1 Obtain measurements to job instructions using measuring devices.
2.2 Identify type of measurement to be used.

LO 3. Perform simple calculation.
3.1 Carry out simple calculations based on the requirements of the situation.
3.2 Verify correctness of calculations based on production requirements.

LO 4. Estimate approximate quantities.
4.1 Estimate measurements or quantities on job requirements.
4.2 Record measurements without error.
4.3 Calculate quantities of materials according to job instructions.
4.4 Estimate costs for simple project.


LO 1. Set up the machines.
1.1 Interpret product specifications in relation to machine setting requirements.
1.2 Identify type of sewing machine to be set up in accordance with the job requirement.
1.3 Set machine in accordance with product specifications, machine manufacturer’s instructions and company procedures.

LO 2. Conduct sample run.
2.1 Obtain materials to be used for sampling.
2.2 Operate machine in accordance with manufacturer’s and company instructions to produce a specified sample.

LO 3. Test machine output.
3.1 Test machine outputs in accordance with company procedures to ensure required standards of quality are met.

LO 4. Re-adjust machine setting to meet requirements.
4.1 Interpret test results to determine adjustment requirements.
4.2 Assess adjustments and changes in accordance with product and machine specifications.
4.3 Inform appropriate production personnel of the availability of the newly set-up machine in accordance with workplace procedures.

LO 5. Maintain records.
5.1 Maintain records and reports prepared in accordance with the company procedures.


LO 1. Operate machine and assess its performance.
1.1 Start machine and stop in accordance with manufacturer’s and enterprises requirements.
1.2 Monitor machine operation to ensure that correct procedures are assessed and product quality standards are met.
1.3 Identify problem with machine and report in accordance with company procedures.

LO 2. Clean and lubricate machine.
2.1 Clean machine and lubricate in accordance with workplace requirements and manufacturer’s cleaning and lubricating instructions.
2.2 Monitor machine operation to ensure correct procedures are carried out and work quality standards are met.


LO 2. Clean and lubricate machine.
2.1 Clean machine and lubricate in accordance with workplace requirements and manufacturer’s cleaning and lubricating instructions.
2.2 Monitor machine operation to ensure correct procedures are carried out and work quality standards are met.


LO 1. Maintain a professional image.
1.1 Maintain uniform and personal grooming in accordance with established policies and procedures.
1.2 Maintain stance, posture, body language, and other personal presence according to required standards.
1.3 Keep visible work area tidy and uncluttered.
1.4 Store equipment according to assignment requirements.

LO 2. Meet client/customer requirements.
2.1 Identify and understand assignment instructions and post orders according to standard procedures.
2.2 Accomplish scope to modify instructions/orders in light of changed situations.
2.3 Meet client requirements according to the assignment instructions.
2.4 Monitor changes to client’s needs and take appropriate action.
2.5 Clear and comply all communication with the client or customer.


LO 1. Plan completion of own work load.
1.1 Identify tasks accurately according to instructions.
1.2 Develop work plans according to assignment requirements and employer’s policy.
1.3 Allocate priority and timelines to each task.
1.4 Know tasks deadlines and comply with them whenever possible.
1.5 Know and complete work schedules according to agreed time frames

LO 2. Maintain quality of own performance.
2.1 Monitor continually personal performance against agreed performance standards.
2.2 Seek advice and guidance when necessary to achieve or maintain agreed standards
2.3 Apply guidance from. management to achieve or maintain agreed standards
2.4 Clarify and agree on standard of work according to employer‘s policy and procedures.


LO 1. Assess client service needs.
1.1 Obtain work instruction in accordance with standard operating procedures.
1.2 Evaluate client needs base on workplace standards and specifications.
1.3 Analyze salon services against clients’ needs.
1.4 Explain salon services and consulted with the client.
1.5 Record or report faults clients and any identified causes to the supervisor concerned in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.6 Document client’s profile and service extended to them in accordance with workplace procedures.

LO 2. Assess own work.
2.1 Identify and use documentation relative to quality within the company.
2.2 Check completed work against workplace standards relevant to the tasks undertaken.
2.3 Identify and improve on errors.
2.4 Record information on the quality and other indicators of individual performance in accordance with workplace procedures.
2.5 Document and report causes of deviations from specific quality standard, in accordance with the work place standard operating procedures.
2.6 Collect and analyze feedback based on required quality standards.

LO 3. Engage in quality improvement.
3.1 Participate in process improvement procedures relative to workplace assignment.
3.2 Carry out work in accordance with process improvement procedures.
3.3 Monitor performance of operation or quality of product of service to ensure client satisfaction.



LO 1. Determine client requirements.
1.1 Establish rapport with clients in accordance with industry procedures.
1.2 Gather, verify and confirm client’s needs and requirements.
1.3 Provide suggestions/inputs based on client requirements

LO 2. Research fashion trends and theme analysis.
2.1 Analyze principles and elements of design in accordance with agreed design.
2.2 Gather references appropriate to illustration specifications in accordance with client’s requirements.
2.3 Sketch design based on client’s figure details.
2.4 Evaluate design based on client’s figure details.

LO 3. Produce designs.
3.1 Take body measurement accurately.
3.2 Prepare initial designs based on gathered information.
3.3 Present initial designs or prototype based on gathered information.
3.4 Explain initial designs based on gathered information.
3.5 Present sample materials for approval in accordance with client’s specifications.
3.6 Integrate revisions in the design in accordance with client’s specifications.
3.7 Present final sketch to client based on the noted revisions.
3.8 File sketches and designs in accordance with company procedure.
3.9 Demonstrate knowledge of environmental protection measures according to the different environmental issues/concerns


LO 1. Source garment materials.
1.1 Identity suppliers in accordance with the required material to be purchased.
1.2 Perform canvassing of materials considering the price, availability and quality based on job requirements.
1.3 Select best supplier based on canvass results and client requirements.

LO 2. Identify garment cost components.
2.1 Estimate costs of fabric, supplies and trimmings for sample garments and production in accordance with the agreed design.
2.2 Identify costs based on sample product.
2.3 Determine differences in costs for single and bulk production garments.

LO 3. Calculate production costs.
3.1 Identify labor costs in production based on the garment design.
3.2 Calculate labor costs in production based on the garment design.
3.3 Identify and calculate other production cost/additional expenses in running your business.
3.4 Identify different methods of production in fashion industry for costs and benefits.
3.5 Compare different methods of production in fashion industry for costs and benefits.
3.6 Select optimum production plan and costs based on cost estimates and delivery dates.
3.7 Record components of costing sheets in accordance with the company’s format.
3.8 Complete costing sheet for a commissioned garment.

LO 4. Purchase garment materials.
4.1 Place order and coordinate with selected supplier based on agreed mode of payment and delivery date.
4.2 Check quantity and quality of garment materials based on delivery receipt and actual delivered materials.
4.3 Report out-of-specification materials to the supplier for replacement/refund.
4.4 Return out-of-specification materials to the supplier for replacement/refund.
4.5 Select substitute materials/colors and refer them to client for approval when necessary.
4.6 Maintain garment material inventories in accordance with company procedures.


LO 1. Oversee prototype preparation.
1.1 Prepare specification sheet in accordance with the standard format.
1.2 Check prepared prototype sheet in accordance with standard format.
1.3 Prepare and cut patterns and detailed drawings.
1.4 Check assembled garments according to specification sheet, OSHS practices and garment assembly techniques.
1.5 Carry out assembly issues for appropriate production and necessary adjustments if any.
1.6 Compare finished product with specification sheet for quality assurance.
1.7 Alter garments in accordance with revised specification sheet and original design concept.

LO 2. Oversee mass production of garment.
2.1 Distribute revised specification sheet for reference.
2.2 Plan work flow systematically in accordance with garment assembly techniques.
2.3 Identify production based on job requirements.
2.4 Explain work instructions
2.5 Ensure and supervise distribution of materials.

LO 3. Monitor progress production.
3.1 Maintain on-going communication to ensure obligations, quality, timelines, budget and technical constraints are met.
3.2 Conduct quality assurance practices to check pattern, sizing, materials and construction in compliance with design specifications.
3.3 Monitor production activities to ensure compliance with OHS practices.

LO 4. Resolve production problems.
4.1 Identify methods to solve process or work flow problems through regular meetings or discussions.
4.2 Use efficient production techniques to assist in the systematic identification of work flow problems.
4.3 Recommend preferred option to resolve problem.
4.4 Document preferred option to resolve problem.
4.5 Facilitate implementation of recommended problem solution.


LO 1. Evaluate final product.
1.1 Apply information on development process.
1.2 Evaluate information on development process.
1.3 Assess product as to specifications for quality output.
1.4 Identify issues and consult with others if necessary, and use this to draft plans for future reference.
1.5 Discuss production outcomes to review strengths and weaknesses.
1.6 Determine un standard finished garment for alteration.

LO 2. Cost outcome.
2.1 Determine the actual cost of production.
2.2 Compare actual costs to budget estimates to identify the inconsistencies.
2.3 Conduct evaluation in costing for product sale cost.

LO 3. Maintain records.
3.1 Record product reports.
3.2 Provide document for pattern and design production and make recommendations on findings.
3.3 Update records periodically or as needed in accordance with company procedure.


LO 1. Oversee preparation for packaging of finished garment.
1.1 Arrange finished garments in sequence and check for completeness for packaging purposes.
1.2 Prepare necessary documents and appropriate environmental friendly packaging materials and accessories with the finished garments and identify the mode of delivery

LO 2. Oversee packaging of finished garment.
2.1 Prepare packaging instructions to concerned personnel.
2.2 Determine problems that may arise in packaging the finished garments.
2.3 Resolve problems that may arise in packaging the finished garments.
2.4 Check packed garments and give corrective measures to resolve problems encountered.

LO 3. Oversee dispatching of packed garments.
3.1 Check documentation for completeness and accuracy in compliance with company procedures.
3.2 Prepare packed garments for dispatch/delivery.
3.3 Verify receipt of delivered garments with the dispatcher and the client as necessary.


LO 1. Analyze garget market.
1.1 Identify target market for a product or service in consultation with other relevant parties and in accordance with promotional plans.
1.2 Identify consumer’s attributes for the market or market segment.
1.3 Assess consumer needs for the products or services based on trends and past performance.
1.4 Confirm target market based on the products or services according to organizational policies.

LO 2. Identify promotional strategies/activities and resources.
2.1 Analyze seasonal events based on the sale of the previous fashion season.
2.2 Evaluate seasonal events based on the sale of the previous fashion season.
2.3 Identify promotional activities and resources for each identified event to ensure compatibility with industry practices.
2.4 Assess identified events to ensure compatibility with industry practices.
2.5 Develop action plans to provide details of products and services being promoted.
2.6 Prepare calendar of events based on approved action plan and fashion forecast of the season.
2.7 Seek approval of promotional strategies from authorized person.

LO 3. Implement promotional strategies/activities and resources.
3.1 Orient stakeholders and other clients on their implementation roles and responsibilities.
3.2 Apply relevant industry knowledge and experiences to maximize the promotion of products and services.
3.3 Use time management and organizational skills to exploit all promotional opportunities.
3.4 Highlight the benefits of the product or services to meet the needs of a customer’s/clients.
3.5 Apply promotional and sales techniques to a range of situations and customer/client requirements.

LO 4. Monitor progress of on-going promotion.
4.1 Analyze client’s feedback to determine the impact of the promotional activity on products or services.
4.2 Assess the effectiveness of promotional plans/activities to identify possible improvements in future activities.
4.3 Analyze costs and time lines to evaluate the benefits from promotional activities.
4.4 Plan contingency measures when necessary.
4.5 Prepare contingency measures when necessary.
4.6 Implement corrective measures where applicable.

LO 5. Evaluate results of promotion.
5.1 Identify evaluation processes and criteria based on fashion product or services being promoted.
5.2 Evaluate promotional activities against criteria.
5.3 Identify program strengths and areas for improvements as basis for continual enhancement of the promotional programs.
5.4 Document outcomes of the evaluation to guide future activities in the promotion of fashion products or services.
5.5 Analyze outcomes to guide future activities in the promotion of fashion products or services.

Source: K to 12 Home Economics – Fashion Design (Apparel) (NC III) Curriculum Guide

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