This Certificate of Achievement does not count as a major for an Associate Degree.

Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for the workplace environment with skills required to work as an assistant to a fashion designer, merchandiser, stylist, production manager, or design room manager. The coursework covers essential skills in apparel construction, flat pattern and draping. Introduction to apparel industry concepts and design principles will also be taught. Fashion sketch, spec sheets, production flats, and costing are part of the training program. Upon completion of the required courses, the student will have a working vocabulary and basic knowledge of the apparel industry.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Design entry level fashion garments using external and historical fashion influences and appropriate fabric selection.
  2. Create a design portfolio and industry marketing materials and production documents.
  3. Utilize current draping and drafting methods to create original patterns.
  4. Demonstrate an intermediate proficiency in operating industrial equipment for apparel industry garment construction and fabric selection.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 24

Required Courses

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • FASH 001A – Fashion Survey (3)
  • FASH 002 – Introduction to Fashion Industry (3)
  • FASH 021 – Principles of Fashion (3)
  • FASH 110 – Fashion Illustration (3)

Semester II

  • FASH 005 – Pattern Drafting (3)
  • FASH 009 – Beginning Textiles (3)
  • FASH 111A – Introduction to Fashion Design (3)
  • FASH 124 – History of Costume (3)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.