Fashion Design and Production

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Program Information

The Fashion curriculum is designed to provide a program of study for students interested in pursuing a career in Fashion: Merchandising, Design, Production, and Textiles. Selected courses provide students with lifelong learning knowledge and consumer skills. The Fashion Design and Production Certificate provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Career Opportunities

Entry-level jobs in this field can be found in apparel production companies, apparel manufacturing plants, designer workrooms, custom sewing workrooms, and theatrical production. This program can also prepare a student for self-employment or entrepreneurship.

Gainful Employment

For more information about program costs, graduation rates, median debt of program graduates, and other important information, see gainful employment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • draw the clothed figure rendering the sketch in different styles, poses, and fabrications on developed croquis in different media emphasizing presentation techniques.
  • assemble apparel and interior design soft furnishing products applying techniques that meet the standards of quality construction for sewn products.
  • integrate proper use, care, and maintenance of sewing machinery, equipment, and notions.
  • apply pattern and fabric selection to appropriate designs that develop required sewing skills.
  • apply layout and cutting techniques, use of industrial machines, professional pressing techniques, quality control and production procedures, grading, sorting, and labeling.
  • manipulate pattern blocks and develop style changes with the flat pattern method of designing first patterns from a designer’s trade sketch for targeted customers.
  • use garment industry terminology and procedures for the process of marker making, multiple layer lay up, and use of industrial cutting equipment.
  • construct devices to apply the evaluation of fit problems and the ability to solve figure differences in the garment through fitting skills.
  • manipulate fabrics on a dress form to create designs without the use of drafted patterns using a variety of fabrics and design concepts.
  • study and apply the elements and principles of design as related to apparel for individuals in contemporary western fashion as compared to the influence of past fashions and other cultures.
  • analyze and identify textile fibers, yarn fabrications, dyestuffs, and finishes and how they relate to performance and serviceability of materials.
  • survey the evolution of apparel styles through history and explore the relationship of recurring style trends to contemporary fashions including sociological, technological, economic, and political factors.
  • use microcomputers and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for the apparel design processes used by manufacturers.
  • develop basic patterns and sloper blocks utilizing standard and custom body measurements.
  • demonstrate personal management skills such as planning, time management, coping with anxiety, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.