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Fashion Design

The Fashion Design program prepares students for employment in the fashion industry with employers such as apparel companies, wholesale establishments, design firms, retailers, and theatre or dance companies. Students will develop skills in fashion illustration, design, clothing construction, and pattern making.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  •  illustrate and design apparel
  •  draft patterns
  •  construct original designs for individual clients.

Students are exposed to entry-level information and skills that relate to the following occupations in the design field:

  • Alterations Specialist
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Designer 
  • Design Assistant
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Pattern Maker
  • Production Manager
  • Sales Associate
  • Sample Maker 
  • Sewing Instructor

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact the Transfer Center for specific information on transfer requirements.

Career and Employment Outlook

Earnings in fashion design can vary widely based on the employer and years of experience. Many applicants are attracted to the creativity associated with the occupation, making for a competitive job market. The occupation is well-suited to entrepreneurs and those who wish to be self-employed. The best job opportunities will be in design firms that design mass-market clothing sold in department stores and retail chain stores, such as apparel wholesale firms. 

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