This National Certificate in Fashion and Garment Design (NCFD) curriculum is aimed at producing fashion designers who are relevant to the industry and world of work. It is learner-centered and competence-based. It emphasizes the acquisition of skills by the learners, through practical teaching and execution of projects.

The curriculum is in line with the BTVET Act of 2008, the BTVET strategic plan ‘’Skilling Uganda’’ and the Uganda vision 2040.

The competences that the learner is expected to acquire are clearly spelt out in the modules covered in each academic year. The modules offered in this course are packaged in a manner that will enable the learner acquire skills in performing specific tasks at a given level during the course of study.

Modules in this course

  • Computer Applications,
  • Basic Kiswahili
  • Life Skills
  • Tailoring Technology,
  • Textile science,
  • Pattern drafting,
  • Fashion and Design practice
  • Real Life Project
  • Vocational Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurship Skills module
  • Industrial Training
  • Entrepreneurship Skills module
  • Industrial Training

This curriculum, if implemented effectively, should produce Fashion designers who are able to construct:

(i) a work apron, pyjamas, babies frocks/dresses, skirts, blouses, shirts, pair of shorts, dresses, pair of trousers, a work overall, a waist coat, a bush/safari jacket, jackets, traditional wears, over coats with various style features, ) Develop a fashion based on a given theme.

Duration of the Course

The National Certificate in Fashion and Garment Design is a full time course taught in two academic years.

Each academic year consists of three terms. Terms one and two consists of twelve (12) weeks, ten (10) weeks of teaching and continuous assessment and two (2) weeks of practical and written examinations.

Third term consists of ten weeks, eight weeks of teaching and continuous assessment and two (2) weeks of practical and written examinations. Industrial training is a core module and lasts for at least 6 weeks and carried out at the end of each academic year.

Terms one and two holidays shall last four (4) weeks on average and term three shall last eight (8) weeks The course shall be completed within a time frame of five years from the time of enrolment and registration.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Certificate in Fashion and Garment Design course on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

a) Ordinary Level Entry Scheme (Uganda Certificate of Education) One should be a holder of Uganda Certificate of Education without restrictions on passes and the year of sitting OR its equivalent.

b) Certificate Entry Scheme One should be a holder of Uganda Junior Technical Certificate (UJTC), Community Polytechnic Certificate OR National Junior Vocational Certificate from a recognized institution or its equivalent in technical/ vocational education.