Applied Apparel Studies Production

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Program Information

The Applied Apparel Studies Production program is designed to provide a program of study for students interested in pursuing a career in Fashion as a cutter/draper/tailor in fashion studios or costume workrooms, production, and textiles. Selected courses provide students with lifelong learning knowledge and consumer skills. The Applied Apparel Studies Production Associate in Arts Degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.

California’s apparel industry is a major success story. It is an important, but often overlooked, contributor to the state’s economy. San Francisco and Los Angeles are the largest centers for apparel manufacturing outside of New York City. One of the largest apparel wholesale markets in the world is the California Mart in Los Angeles. California apparel jobs have grown steadily with the success of the industry. Jobs increased in the 2010’s, a time when the rest of the U.S. lost apparel jobs, and has steadily grown in numbers. This is because the high-end tasks are performed in the U.S. such as computer-aided design and pattern making, size grading, and color setting, as well as the planning and management of off-shore production. Emerging careers in this high growth industry will require “state of the art” high-tech training.

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. Examples of careers in Fashion Design and Production include: Assistant Designer, CAD Technician, Computer Digitizer, Costing Engineer, Customer Services, Designer, Design Room Assistant, Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Stylist, First Pattern Maker, Grader, Manufacturer’s Sales Representative, Marker Maker, Operation Manager, Piece Goods Buyer, Product Specialist, Production Manager, Production Pattern Maker, Quality Controller, Quick Response Manager, Sales Manager, Sample Maker, Sewing Room Supervisor, Showroom Assistant, Tailor, Textile Colorist, Textile Croquis Painter, Textile Designer, Textile Researcher, Textile Tester, and Trim Buyer.

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, and grading, sorting, and labeling of garments.
  • 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, yarns, 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, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

The Associate in Arts degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.