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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: 6-8 courses

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 ($1,820 for Basic Core), $5,910 - $6,592 total


6 or 8 courses to complete the certificate

Start by completing one of the following foundational course options:

  • Fashion Design Basic Core (On-Campus only)


  • Color Theory (On-Campus |   Online)
  • Design Sketching I (On-Campus only)
  • Construction Techniques I (On-Campus only)

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

  • Construction Techniques 2 (On-Campus only)
  • Fashion Flats (On-Campus | Online)
  • Worth to Westwood: Fashion History (On campus | Online)
  • Two Electives - Choose from our offerings in graphic design, digital design, fashion design, fashion business, interior design, or 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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