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Course Sequence | Fashion Design Certificate

Fashion student sewing

All Fashion Design Certificate students take six required Foundation courses that cover fashion fundamentals. The Elective courses offer options for either a Specialty or Technical Track in Fashion Design Certificate. All students must complete a Professional Portfolio course before receiving a certificate.

Each course is on a rotating schedule, allowing students to complete the Fashion Design Certificate in two years and one summer.

Required Foundation CoursesSemester Offered
Introduction to Pattern DraftingFall
TailoringFall
Couture DesignSpring
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and ArtFall
Introduction to Creative FashionSpring
Fashion IllustrationSummer
Professional Portfolio 
Electives: Must Complete 3 
Digital Tools for Textile DesignFall
Textile Study + DesignSpring
Introduction to Clo 3D Apparel DesignFall
Fashion Industry ProductionSpring
Gerber – Digital Pattern MakingSpring
Millinery DesignSpring
Garment ConstructionSpring
Introduction to Costume DesignSummer
Digital Tools for Fashion DesignSummer
Handbag DesignSummer
Sustainable FashionSummer or Fall

course sequence scenarios 

The following grid is just a sampling of possible scenarios. Electives can be taken any semester. Required courses are only offered during the semesters as listed.

scenario a - fall start
SemesterYear 1Year 2
Fall

Pattern Drafting
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective

Tailoring

Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective

SpringCreative Fashion
Elective
Couture Design
Professional Portfolio
SummerFashion Illustration
Elective
 
scenario b - spring start
SemesterYear 1Year 2Year 3
SpringCreative Fashion
Elective
Couture Design
Elective
Professional Portfolio
SummerFashion Illustration 
FallPattern Drafting
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective
Tailoring
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective
scenario C - summer start
SemesterYear 1Year 2
SummerFashion IllustrationElective
FallPattern Drafting
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective
Tailoring
Global Heritage of 20th Century Fashion and Art OR Elective
SpringCreative Fashion
Elective
Couture Design
Professional Portfolio