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Fashion Design

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Design guides students in developing technical and creative design skills for employment opportunities in the fashion industry or self-employment in fashion design. The program includes training in multiple levels of apparel construction, design, fashion illustration, patternmaking, and draping, and supports students in building inspirational sources through analysis of cultural, historical, and contemporary works of fashion and design.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Fashion Design (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3355
Total Credits Required
62-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze relationships among aesthetic, cultural, economic, historical, psychological, sociological and technological factors that affect trends in fashion.
  2. Evaluate textile properties for performance and inspiration for fashion designs.
  3. Design apparel using the principles and elements of design.
  4. Construct apparel using sewing techniques, equipment and supplies required in the production process.
  5. Apply flat pattern and draping techniques to produce original designs, patterns, and garments.
  6. Create illustrations for fashion design using traditional and computer-assisted drawing methods.
  7. Apply professional communication skills to collaborate in diverse business environments.
  8. Analyze a wide range of challenges in the fashion industry to generate culturally responsive and sustainable solutions.
  9. Utilize professional, ethical, and legal standards in the fashion industry.
  10. Evaluate information gathered from industry sources for business application.
  11. Utilize technical and creative skills in an internship experience or portfolio development.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$64,250

Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

$62,860

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
  • Fashion Designers
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing 3
TEC110 Basic Sewing Skills OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
TEC125 Fashion Design Critical course Gateway course 3
TEC134 Fashion Illustration I Critical course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC106 History of Fashion 3
TEC111 Intermediate Apparel Construction Critical course 3
TEC222 Textiles 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Equivalent or higher level mathematics course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC124 Advanced Apparel Construction 3
TEC225 Pattern Design I 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
ARH100 or
ARH101 or
ARH102 or
INT115 or
INT120
Introduction to Art or Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or Historical Architecture and Furniture or Modern Architecture and Furniture ARH100, ARH101, or ARH102 recommended for transfer HU or H, HU or H, HU 3
RE Restricted Elective 4–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC122 Sewing with Knits 3
TEC221 Computer-Assisted Fashion Design 3
TEC223 Tailoring 3
TEC226 Draping for Fashion Design 3
TEC236 or
TEC271AA or
TEC277AA or
TEC278AA
Portfolio Development or Fashion Design Internship or Alteration Internship or Costume Design and Production Internship 1
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Restricted Electives

Select 4 to 6 credits from the following except courses used in the Required Courses area

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 Color 3
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course 1–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC105 Cultural Aspects of Clothing 3
TEC110 Basic Sewing Skills OR Permission of Program Director 0–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC125 Fashion Design Critical course Gateway course 3
TEC111 Intermediate Apparel Construction Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC106 History of Fashion 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC134 Fashion Illustration I Critical course 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Equivalent or higher level mathematics course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
TEC225 Pattern Design I 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC124 Advanced Apparel Construction 3
ARH100 or
ARH101 or
ARH102 or
INT115 or
INT120
Introduction to Art or Prehistoric Through Gothic Art or Renaissance Through Contemporary Art or Historical Architecture and Furniture or Modern Architecture and Furniture ARH100, ARH101, or ARH102 recommended for transfer HU or H, HU or H, HU 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
TEC222 Textiles 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
RE Restricted Elective 4–6
TEC221 Computer-Assisted Fashion Design 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC223 Tailoring 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
TEC122 Sewing with Knits 3
TEC226 Draping for Fashion Design 3
TEC236 or
TEC271AA or
TEC277AA or
TEC278AA
Portfolio Development or Fashion Design Internship or Alteration Internship or Costume Design and Production Internship 1

Restricted Electives

Select 4 to 6 credits from the following except courses used in the Required Courses area

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART113 Color 3
TEC+++++ Any TEC Textiles and Clothing course 1–3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=146517).


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