Occupational Skills Award
The Accessory Design Occupational Skills Award prepares students with the skills necessary to become a successful designer of shoes, bags, millinery, jewelry, small leather goods, shawls, ties, pocket squares and other accessories. The curriculum provides students with instruction and practice in design skills, product development, technical skills, sourcing materials, and manufacturing the final goods. Students will experience designing a line from initial concept to final creation. Students have the option of taking a course to prepare for the Apparel Information Management System (AIMS) exam and will receive certification upon passing of exam. After completion of the skills award, students will be eligible for a position in the following areas: assistant accessory designer, accessory designer, shoe designer, high performance shoe designer, milliner, handbag designer, small leather goods designer, technical designer for accessories, accessory product developer, sourcing and manufacturer of accessories.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $28,000 to $206,000 with an average salary of $73,000.