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About The Certificate

Only a school ranked #1 worldwide for fashion education can give you a 360-degree immersion in fashion design, trends, history and foundational techniques. The program develops each designer’s vision while cultivating the technical skills needed for the fashion industry—from concept development and sketching, to sewing, and construction techniques, draping, patternmaking, and textile selection. Finish your fashion design studies by learning how to create the perfect fashion portfolio, and polish your job-seeking skills with Professional Practices: Fashion.

Timeline to Completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than (9) nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. Certificate must be completed in two years.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 8 required courses, including 2 electives

Format: On-campus, some courses available online

Course Sequence: Courses should be taken in the order they are listed, if a certificate is desired.

$814 - $834 per course, $5,910 - $6,592 total

Requirements

Start by completing the following foundational course options:

After you complete your foundational courses, your next step will be to enroll in the following:

  • Construction Techniques 2
    On campus
    Building on the basic draping, patternmaking, and sewing skills learned in Construction Techniques I, explore intricate draping exercises to design more tailored apparel and study advanced patternmaking applications. Make muslin tests of garments and use fabric to create a finished garment. Prerequisite: Construction Techniques I or the equivalent.
  • Fashion Flats
    (Online | On campus)
    Flat sketching is an essential part of garment production. It communicates details in the design and construction of a garment, from concept to marketing. This course introduces the professional techniques used to create fashion flats, ranging from traditional hand sketching to the use of Adobe Illustrator to produce sketches digitally in a vector format. Prerequisite: Familiarity with the Mac operating system. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is recommended.

  • Worth to Westwood: Fashion History
    (Online | On campus)
    In this course, we explore fashion beginning with the father of haute couture and concluding with the designer who brought punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream. We discuss fashion in its historical context, examining economic and technological influences, as well as those from the world of arts and artists. Broad thematic considerations include the nature of fashion (what it is and what it does) and its relationship to modernity, production and consumption, art, and globalization and customization, as well as identity and the body. We assess the relationship of key designers, events, and movements to these broad themes, covering fashion and art from Charles Worth’s haute couture to the designs of the woman who dressed the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood.


After you complete these courses, your final step will be to enroll in two electives.

  • Two electives - Choose from our offerings in graphic design, digital design, fashion design, fashion business, interior design, and fine arts. View elective offerings here.
What You’Ll Learn
  1. How to draw from a live model for fashion sketching and create fashion flats and fashion illustrations.
  2. How to conduct creative research and apply it to concept development.
  3. Familiarity with all tools and materials needed to drape muslin patterns, make flat patterns and construct garments.
  4. Become adept at identifying various fabric types, yardage specifications, notions, trimmings, and sewing supplies.
  5. The role of sustainability and the textile industry: future and industry responsibilities.
  6. Exposure to a variety of methods and practices needed in the art of sewing, construction, and garment design.
Who Should Enroll
  • Anyone with an interest in the fashion industry from a design perspective.

  • Creative individuals who want to use fabric and fashion design as a mode of artistic expression.

  • Professionals from the fashion industry who are seeking a change in what they are currently doing.

  • Those with the desire to translate their design vision from concept development to creation.

  • Entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the construction of garments before launching their own company.


Jobs in Fashion:

  • Studio stylist
  • Production manager
  • Designer of garments, home products, soft goods, fabric research and development
  • Design coordinator
  • Lead sewer/seamstress
  • Fit technician
  • Fabric & trim buyer
  • Pattern maker
  • Pattern manager
  • Many more

How to Enroll

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