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Fashion Designer

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Fashion designers create designs for clothes, accessories and shoes. They may design a wide range of goods or specialise in particular areas.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified fashion designers in the UK tend to be in the range of £20,000 a year rising to around £30,000 a year with experience. Senior designers can earn around £40,000 or more, with top designers earning over £60,000 a year or more.

Some fashion designers work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the work and their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. A very few do earn very high incomes.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

Entry to this career is very competitive. Most jobs are in the London area. You may find jobs advertised in the press, particularly the fashion press. There are specialist recruitment agencies which might help you find a job.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2020
532
8.6 %
RISE
2025
578

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

Discover Creative Careers Finder
Website: https://discovercreative.careers/#/
Twitter: @CreativeCareer5

UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)
Tel: 020 7843 9460
E-mail: info@ukft.org
Website: http://www.ukft.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKfashionandtextile/

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display

Photography