Product, clothing and related designers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Designer (millinery mfr)
Designer, costume
Designer, cloth
Designer, interior and spatial
Designer, clothes
Designer, toy
Designer (soft furnishings mfr)
Designer, silversmith
Consultant, bridal
Designer, lithographic
Manager, display, visual
Artist, boot and shoe
Designer, décor
Designer, applications
Designer, dress
Designer, games
Consultant, design, interior
Artist, shoe
Designer (publishing)
Designer, furnishing, soft
Designer, pottery
Stylist (vehicle mfr)
Technologist, packaging
Predictor, fashion
Designer, metalwork
Designer (soft toy mfr)
Designer (fur goods mfr)
Decorator, interior
Designer, set
Developer, product
Designer, hat
Designer, product
Designer, clothing
Designer, industrial
Designer, bridalwear
Designer, furniture
Designer, printer's
Designer (broadcasting)
Planner, kitchen
Designer, body (vehicle mfr)
Designer, packaging
Designer, commercial
Designer, instrumentation
Designer, knitwear
Designer, stage
Designer, pattern (textile printing)
Designer, interior
Designer, textile
Designer (rubber goods mfr)
Consultant, design
Designer, glass
Designer, wallpaper
Designer, kitchen
Designer, craft
Designer, fashion
Leader, team (interior design)
Designer (textile mfr)
Designer, handbag
Designer, embroidery
Designer, book
Consultant, fashion
Designer, instrument
Designer, shopfitting
Consultant, packaging
Designer, jewellery
Planner, footwear
Stylist, colour (vehicle mfr)
Designer, footwear
Adviser, fashion
Designer, gem

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.