This program meets the needs of individuals with a passion for fashion seeking to acquire expertise for entering the fashion field, as well as for experienced professionals interested in developing specialized proficiencies. The core curriculum provides practical, technical, and marketable skills for contemporary apparel creation and production. Advanced courses include portfolio development projects. Participants may choose one of two tracks.

Apparel Construction Track: Designed for students who want to develop advanced skills in all aspects of garment construction in order to be able to take a design from concept to finished product either for themselves or for clients. It is appropriate for those interested in providing a much needed service of creating custom apparel; filling niche markets such as costume design and custom bridal; becoming part of an apparel company; or pursuing businesses of their own.

Technical Design Track: Prepares students to enter the fashion industry in the creative area of technical design and illustration. Experts in contemporary fashion methodologies, technical designers work hand-in-hand with fashion designers to translate concepts into overall packages for implementing the designer’s vision. Technical designers are in demand in fashion specialty companies and many other kinds of retail companies that include segments involved in the manufacture and sale of clothing.

The certificate path is ideal for someone seeking a structured program or a credential representing completion of a rigorous course of study from a prestigious professional college of art and design. To earn the certificate, courses must be taken for credit. 


Depending on your needs and interests, courses may also be taken individually for credit or noncredit.



REQUIRED COURSES                        to register

Fundamental Sewing Techniques                                   Credit          Noncredit
Fashion Studies Foundation                                   Credit          Noncredit
Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion                                   Credit          Noncredit
Fashion Textiles                                   Credit          Noncredit
Construction & Flat Patternmaking i                                   Credit          Noncredit
Advanced Sewing Techniques                                   Credit          Noncredit
Construction & Flat Patternmaking II                                   Credit          Noncredit
Fashion Studies: Advanced Projects                                   Credit          Noncredit



REQUIRED COURSES                       To register

Fashion Studies Foundation                                  Credit            Noncredit
Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion                                 Credit            Noncredit
Construction & Flat Patternmaking I                                 Credit            Noncredit
Advanced Sewing Techniques                                 Credit            Noncredit
Advanced Illustrator for Fashion                                 Credit            Noncredit
CAD for Patternmaking                                 Credit            Noncredit
Construction & Flat Patternmaking II                                 Credit            Noncredit
Fashion Studies: Advanced Projects                                 Credit            Noncredit

Program Prerequisite: Fundamental Sewing Techniques (or equal skills)

Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met.



Each course meets once a week in the evenings for ten weeks. Students taking one course each quarter complete the program in two years. Students taking two courses each quarter complete in one year. It is recommended that students who wish to complete the program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses.




Fashion Studies Foundation

An essential foundation for both certificate tracks, this course focuses on fashion basics, organizational dynamics, and career opportunities, including self-employment. Students investigate consumer demand, creative design, technical design, merchandising, production, and the retail market. Projects include developing a fashion line for a specific target market using up-to-date criteria. Students develop an understanding of important trends and designers, the life cycle of a garment from conception to delivery, fashion terminology, basic design elements, and digital media used to create fashion and technical sketches. No prerequisites.


Fashion Textiles

This course explores the qualities and properties of fashion fabrics. Students become familiar with specific styles, techniques, and construction of a wide range of market fabrics through investigating fiber/yarn/textile characteristics, interdependence, and relation to end-use. Projects include developing a swatch book for later reference, sewing experiments manipulating a variety of fabrics, and designing a garment based on best use of fabric. Participants gain an understanding of the creative use of fabric in clothing design, textile terminology, production processes, and practices in the fashion industry. Prerequisites: Fundamental Sewing Techniques or equivalent experience and Fashion Studies Foundation.


Fundamental Sewing Techniques

Students are introduced to a variety of clothing construction techniques including hand stitched and machine sewn seams, seam finishes, and hems. Seams include the quarter double turn, French, flat fell, crack stitch, basting, and blind stitch. Construction skills include facings, buttonholes, zippers, darts, waistband applications, and pressing techniques. Students become acquainted with selvage, grainline, shearing, and pleating. Projects include completion of a shell and a skirt. Access to a sewing machine to complete work between class meetings is required. Class size is limited to 12. No prerequisites.


Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion

Students gain an introduction to digital imagery using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the most widely used design software programs in the industry. Photoshop projects include scanning, editing and composing fashion images while exploring varying color and patterns to instantly view countless variations and results in Photoshop. Projects in Adobe Illustrator are designed to further develop skills in digitally rendering industry-standard artwork relevant to apparel construction, as well as fashion technical design and illustration applications. Class size is limited to 15. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.


Construction & Flat Patternmaking I                     

This course introduces the fundamental principles of clothing construction and the flat pattern method of pattern making. Construction projects include planning the garment, preparation of garment pieces, assembly, unit production, and evaluation. Participants learn to draft basic patterns from body measurements and the principles of pattern manipulation to manage fit, quality, and performance. Emphasis is on techniques for flat patternmaking and garment construction that are essential for developing expertise in apparel construction, as well as technical design and illustration. Class size is limited to 12. Prerequisites: Fundamental Sewing Techniques or equivalent experience (see course description for specific skills) and Fashion Studies Foundation.


Advanced Sewing Techniques

This course is designed for students who are accomplished in essential sewing skills. Building on the basics, students learn new and more complex construction skills and develop advanced techniques currently used in the fashion industry to produce professional quality garments. Skills are taught through a combination of samples and finished fashion garments.  Students should bring these samples of their work to the first class: centered zipper, lapped zipper, French seam, flat felled seam, catchstitch, slipstitch. Access to a sewing machine to complete homework is required. Class size limited to 12. Prerequisite: Foundation Sewing Techniques or equivalent experience (see course description for specific skills).


CAD for Patternmaking               

This course provides hands-on experience in computer-aided patternmaking with a focus on its creative potential and industry-standard techniques. Participants develop flat patterns using state-of-the-art software that advances skills in patternmaking, markermaking, and grading. Projects focus on digitizing, creating block patterns, using X and Y grading, and setting up size range rule tables for advanced pattern development. Students create size layouts for cutting and use a plotter for printing final patterns. The Lectra/Modaris system is taught in a PC lab. Class size limited to 12. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation and Construction & Flat Patternmaking I and II.


Construction & Flat Patternmaking II

A continuation of Construction & Flat Patternmaking I, this course is designed to develop advanced skills essential for apparel construction, as well as technical design and illustration. Garment development by the draping method is included. Projects emphasize professional quality construction techniques and advanced principles of flat pattern design to maintain garment fit, balance, proportion, and design integrity. Class size limited to 12. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation, Construction & Flat Patternmaking I, and Advanced Sewing Techniques or equivalent experience.


Advanced Illustrator for Fashion

Designed to follow Photoshop and Illustrator for Fashion, this course focuses on advanced tools and functions of Adobe Illustrator as applied to current requirements of the fashion industry. Participants explore the uses of Illustrator to create digitally-rendered professional quality illustrations. Projects incorporate methodology and terminology used by designers to create technical fashion boards and develop custom branded templates. At the end of the course, students have produced full tech packs that effectively convey all information needed to make a sample garment. Class size is limited to 12. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation and Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion.


Fashion Studies: Advanced Projects

This course enables technical design and apparel construction students to create a professional portfolio reflective of every phase of product development including patternmaking, construction, fitting, technical and creative skills. Projects are geared to individual interests and include creating original artwork to develop design concepts and specifications for a targeted market. Participants acquire a range of resources and presentation skills for the professional articulation of ideas. Class size is limited to 12. Prerequisites: Fashion Studies Foundation, Photoshop & Illustrator for Fashion, and Construction & Flat Patternmaking II.



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