Occupation | Weston College

Product, clothing or related designer

Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.

Tasks

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, BTEC/SQA award, degree and or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Fashion Design and Design are available at Level 2, as are apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 9% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£21,158

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for product, clothing or related designer is £21,158

968 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 968. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

39 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 39 jobs have been posted for product, clothing or related designer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £21,158 per year. That is about £1,763 per month or £10.85 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,586, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,827

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 968 people are employed in the region.

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