Evaluating the Benefits of Computer Aided-Design (CAD) in Fashion Education, the Case of Accra Polytechnic

Joyce Adwoa Oppong, Vivian Biney-Aidoo, Eunice Antiaye


The main purpose of this research was to evaluate the introduction and use of Computer-Aided Designing (CAD) in Fashion Education in Accra Polytechnic over a three - year period (2009-2012). It was revealed that some level of CAD has been inculcated into Fashion Education in the institution in the three specializations (Fashion production, Textiles and Fashion design) as they use the softwares available to draw garments, developing motifs for textiles prints and also to draw human figures. However, there were some challenges confronting the department and the students as well, some of which include insufficient computers and the requisite software equipment. It was recommended, that a CAD Resource Centre for Fashion Education should be set up in Accra with a state-of-the-art hard and software which will provide a suitable environment for teaching and learning for the training of Fashion Design and Textiles students. Also, CAD should be introduced early so that it will motivate students to search for and learn the commands that allow for actions and operations in CAD to enhance creativity and innovation.

Keywords: Computer Aided Design (CAD), Skills, Nuffic

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