Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for the apparel industry. Instruction is offered in all phases of industrial clothing construction, patternmaking, fashion design, and technical sketch. Computer studies are also part of the required curriculum. Studies include fashion trends, design principles, ethnic costume, color theory and the understanding of the apparel industry. Marker making, cost sheets, and production sketches are part of the technical skills learned.

The Fashion Design option will prepare the graduate to work in a design room as assistant designer, junior designer, merchandiser, stylist, illustrator or graphic artist. A design room internship is part of this training program in design. Studies include advanced design and illustration, computer assisted illustration, historical and ethnic costume studies, along with current color and textile trends in the apparel industry. A portfolio of designs and a fashion collection is part of the final requirements.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Design groups of advanced level fashion garments using external and historical fashion influences and appropriate fabric selection.
  2. Create a professional portfolio and industry marketing materials and production documents.
  3. Utilize current draping and drafting methods to create original well-fitting patterns.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced level proficiency in operating industrial equipment for apparel industry garment construction and fabric selection.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 43-45

Required Courses

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • FASH 001A – Fashion Survey (3)
  • FASH 002 – Introduction to Fashion Industry (3)
  • FASH 021 – Principles of Fashion (3)
  • FASH 110 – Fashion Illustration (3)


Semester II

  • FASH 005 – Pattern Drafting (3)
  • FASH 009 – Beginning Textiles (3)
  • FASH 111A – Introduction to Fashion Design (3)
  • FASH 124 – History of Costume (3)

Semester III

  • FASH 108 – Patternmaking by Draping (3)
  • FASH 111B – Intermediate Fashion Design (3)

Select 2 courses from this list:

  • FASH 001B – Intermediate Clothing Construction (3)
  • FASH 001C – Advanced Clothing Construction (3)
  • FASH 109 – Computer Aided Fashion Design (3)
  • FASH 115 – Intermediate Computer-Assisted Fashion Graphics (2)

Semester IV

Select 3 courses from this list:

  • FASH 001B – Intermediate Clothing Construction (3)
  • FASH 001C – Advanced Clothing Construction (3)
  • FASH 105 – Intermediate Fashion Drafting and Draping (3)
  • FASH 106 – Advanced Pattern Drafting and Draping (3)
  • FASH 109 – Computer Aided Fashion Design (3)
  • FASH 111C – Advanced Fashion Design (3)
  • FASH 115 – Intermediate Computer-Assisted Fashion Graphics (2)
  • FASH 130 – Fashion Workshop (3)

Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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