CLO3D Virtual Fashion Design


CLO3D Virtual
Fashion Design

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Expedite your design development. Create at fashion’s cutting edge.

In this certificate program, you learn how to use the industry-standard fashion design software Clo3D for design development and presentation. This software eliminates the need for a traditional sewing studio and reduces consumption of materials.

Your study of Clo3D enables you to create virtual 3D samples using best practices and workflow and provides you with basic knowledge of patternmaking and digital pattern files. You learn how to instantly modify patterns, fit, and fabrication, with the ability to view changes in colors, prints, and graphics. Finally, you create a presentation-ready 3D environmental space with high-quality rendered images and animations.






$3,465 total


Total Courses:



Course Length:

5-9 weeks


Who Should Enroll

  • Anyone interested in creating virtual 3D fashion or soft-goods samples
  • Independent designers and patternmakers
  • Fashion professionals seeking to advance their practice
  • Students and professionals considering moving into a fashion career

What You'll Gain

  • Virtual 3D garment/soft-goods building and design skills
  • The fundamentals of comics and sequential narrative visual art
  • The terminology needed for communication between designers, patternmakers, and factories
  • An understanding of BOMs (bills of materials) and colorways
  • The ability to create virtual 3D environments and objects
  • The skills needed to develop and style personalized avatars
  • The ability to execute animated videos and rendered images

How You'll Learn

  • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
  • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
  • Online collaboration in small classes, supported by video conferencing
  • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets


Students are advised to complete courses in the order in which they are listed below.

Master the fundamentals of Clo3D, industry-standard software used for virtual clothing and soft-goods design and digital patternmaking. You learn how to use the software to create virtual 3D samples and generate patterns that can be printed.
In this course, you delve more deeply into sloper development, dart manipulation, pleats, gathering, and smocking. You learn how to import pattern files from other programs, trace patterns from images, and export files for printing.
Learn how to create colorways and edit textures, prints, graphics, and embroidery. You also learn how to create custom trims and become familiar with hardware.
This course enables you to create spaces like virtual showrooms and stores, develop animated runway presentations, and customize and style avatars. You apply these skills in a final presentation.

“It opens up so many possibilities when you stay on top of current technology, period. It can really cut down on costs and it can be a huge time saver. To me Clo3D is revolutionary.”

—Julian Guthrie, Parsons fashion instructor and creator of the Clo3D Virtual Fashion Design Certificate

Why The New School?

The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design — a globally top-ranked design school — our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to new ones in a constantly evolving world.