Fashion Design Degrees

Associate of Science Degree in Apparel Design

The Apparel Design Associate of Science degree offers a comprehensive curriculum of design courses based on industry standard methods. These courses are designed to meet the different experience levels of students from beginner to advanced, as well as assist industry professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

The Apparel Design Student will be able to:

  • Produce and present designs from concept to finished product.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garments for mass market.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information

After completing this degree students will be:

  • Prepared for entry to mid- level positions in fashion design, trend forecasting, prototype sample development, and sourcing.

Students may seek additional education at a 4-year institution such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Fashion Institute of Technology or private fashion schools.

Required Courses (38 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 32 History of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Recommended Elective

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units

Total Major Units: 35 units

GE Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Fall, Year 1 (12 Units):

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT 30 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis 1 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis 2 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking 1 3 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (11 Units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT 32 FHistory of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking 2
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (3 Units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units

Associate of Science Degree in Apparel Production

The Apparel Production AS degree is designed as a comprehensive curriculum of production courses based on industry standard methods for pattern design leading to first sample production utilizing both manual and electronic techniques. These courses are designed to meet the different experience levels of students from beginner to advanced, as well as assist industry professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

After completing this degree, students will be prepared for entry level positions in patternmaking, technical design, electronic patternmaking, grading, and marker making. Students may seek additional education at a 4-year institution such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Fashion Institute of Technology or private fashion schools.

After completing the Apparel Production A.S. degree, a student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.

Required Core Courses (32 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings & Specs 3 units

Plus 3 units of electives from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 82 Sustainable Design 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units

Total Major Units: 35 units

GE Units: 25 units

Total Degree Units: 60 units

Fall, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis 1 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking 1 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis 2 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (11 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking 2 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
Any course from Electives

Certificate of Achievement in Apparel Design Level 1

The Apparel Design Level 1 Certificate of Achievement offers an entry level curriculum of design courses based on industry standard methods. These courses are designed to meet the needs of students at the introductory level. Students who complete the Apparel Design Level I Certificate will have the entry level ability to create garments from initial sketches, through product development, pattern making, construction and finishing of the garment. They will also have the ability to function in the product development area that meets the professional requirements of the apparel industry. Possible career options are: Assistant Designer, Assistant Patternmaker, Production Assistant, Entry Level Technical Designer, and Entry Level Seamstress/Tailor.

Upon completion of the Apparel Design Level I certificate the student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.

Required Core Courses (24 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units

Total Certificate Unit: 24 units

Fall, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis 1 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis 2 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking 1 3 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units

Certificate of Achievement in Apparel Design Level 2

The Apparel Design Level 2 Certificate of Achievement offers a comprehensive curriculum of design courses based on industry standard methods. These courses are designed to meet the different experience levels of students from beginner to advanced, as well as assist industry professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

The Apparel Design Level 2 Certificate student will be able to:

  • Produce and present designs from concept to finished product.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garment for mass market.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.

After completing this certificate students will be:

  • Prepared for entry to mid- level positions in fashion design, trend forecasting, prototype sample development, and sourcing.

Students may seek additional education at a 4-year institution such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Fashion Institute of Technology or private fashion schools.

Required Core Courses (44 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 32 History of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Elective Courses (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
Total Certificate Units   47 units

Total Certificate Units: 47 units

Fall, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis 1 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis 2 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking 1 3 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (11 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 32 History of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking 2 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (3 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmarker 3 units
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Choose from Elective Course List

Certificate of Achievement in Apparel Production

After completing a certificate in Apparel Production-Level 1, a student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.

Required Core Courses (26 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units

Elective Courses (3 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Total Units: 29 units

Fall, Year 1 (12 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis 1 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking 1 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (9 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmarker 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis 2 3 units
Electives (Any Course)

Fall, Year 2 (8 Units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking 2 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units

Fashion Design Program Course Correspondence

The Fashion Design Department has engaged in the development of new course numbers for some courses. Please see the chart below for the correspondence between old course numbering and new course numbering for the purpose of degree and certificate completion. Courses that are not listed have not been changed. For more information on the requirements for completion of certificates and degrees and educational planning, please contact Counseling.

Former Course Number Current Course Number
FDAT 18A and 18B FDAT 19
FDAT 40A and 40B FDAT 44
FDAT 50 FDAT 51
FDAT 54 FDAT 55
FDAT 60 FDAT 56
FDAT 62 FDAT 57
FDAT 64 FDAT 58
FDAT 80 FDAT 81
Last Updated 9/16/20