Fashion Student ImageThe Fashion Design program prepares students with the necessary skills to obtain positions in the design, apparel manufacturing, tailoring, pattern making, custom dressmaking and related fields. Students may focus on one or more of the certificate programs. Many of the clothing courses can be utilized as transfer courses for pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) with a Clothing and Textiles emphasis. Refer also to Transfer Patterns section of this catalog or of the intended college of transfer.

The Fashion Design program prepares the student for entry-level positions in the field of Fashion Design. They will be able to design clothing using the three major design procedures: flat pattern-making, draping on a dress form, and designing by sketching.

The Fashion Merchandising certificate program emphasizes all aspects of fashion merchandising including techniques of buying and selling, distributing and marketing, and promoting fashion goods. It combines a general merchandising background with the training in specialized skills in order for students to find employment in today’s fashion industry.

The Visual Fashion Merchandising certificate program explores interior and exterior displays with an emphasis on presentation of the products and on lighting and window design. Techniques and utilization of specialized materials in a diverse range of retail options are examined, as are the development of major presentation and overall store design.

The Advanced Fashion Design and Apparel Manufacturing certificate prepares the fashion design student to enter the apparel manufacturing field. It explores the fashion industry, studying the many career options available beyond design. It then goes deeply into pattern and clothing manufacturing. The student who completes the Fashion Design Program and then completes this advanced program will not only be able to design clothing but will be able to participate in many of the manufacturing processes.

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Fashion Design

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Fashion Merchandising

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