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The Fashion program offers a variety of courses that allow students to develop skills to pursue careers in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Merchandising, Computer Fashion Technology: Design, Computer Fashion Technology: Merchandising, and related fashion careers. With a high emphasis on technology, both computer and equipment-based, students obtain skills that assist them in securing positions and advance in the fashion field. Coursework is supplemented with participation in field excursions, guest lecturers, work experience positions, and opportunities that involve the local fashion community. Much of the emphasis of the program is on active student learning and participation in class and campus activities that involve leadership and planning. A strong advisory board of fashion professionals provides input to the program and supports various activities on and off campus.

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Program Goals

The goal of the Fashion Program is to provide students with technical and career skills that allow them to enter the fashion industry with a balance of knowledge, theory, and practical training. We strive to provide students with quality instruction, utilizing current technology and equipment, and relevant curriculum.

Program Emphasis

The Fashion Program is designed for students interested in pursuing a fashion related career. Students gain practical, technical and knowledge-based skills in their area of emphasis. In addition they gain an understanding of career opportunities and a working knowledge of the various components of the constantly changing fashion industry.

Students may specialize in one of four areas, including: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Computer Fashion Technology: Design, or Computer Fashion Technology: Merchandising.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should consult the counseling department and a Fashion faculty advisor for assistance in program planning.

Award Type Units

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Fashion Design:

Careers in the areas of Fashion Design, Technical Design, Pattern Making, Sample Maker, Merchandising, Illustration, Textiles, Textile and Print Designer, Tailor.

Fashion Merchandising:

Careers in the areas of Merchandising, Retail Management, Fashion Sales, Fashion Buying, Promotion, Visual Merchandising,Fashion Styling, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Sales, Stylist, Manufacturer’s Sale Rep, Piece Goods or Trim Buyer.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes