The Product Developer keeps up to date with the latest fashion trends to design new clothing or fashion concepts for clients and businesses. With help from designers and garment technologists, they create a Tech Pack, which is the detailed drawings of the designs and any prototypes, which is used to make the ideas they have really clear to the people who are going to be making the clothes, as well as the departments that are trying to sell the clothing to retailers and customers.
You can get into this job through:
You could do a college course, which will teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need to work in the fashion industry.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Fashion and Textiles:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You may be able to do an advanced apprenticeship in fashion and textiles. You could then develop your design skills on the job.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could get a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree.
Courses are widely available and include fashion design, art and design or textiles.
You should look for a course that covers both design and technical skills to get the practical knowledge needed by the industry.
Some universities and colleges are members of the British Fashion Council.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Career Path and Progression
Once you have a few years of experience you may decide to become a consultant or a product manager.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Marketing Manager
- Sales Manager
- Good communicator
- Excellent at problem solving
- The ability to work on own initiative
- Self motivated
- Commercial awareness
- An aptitude for the fashion industry
£20,000 to £40,000