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Apparel Design

Associate in Science Degree

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. 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.

Major Core Requirements (38 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT013Digital Patternmaking and Design 12 units
FDAT030Introduction to Sustainable Fashion3 units
Select one:

History of Fashion
Fashion and Race in America

3 units
3 units
FDAT044Fashion Illustration 13 units
FDAT051Construction3 units
FDAT052AFabric Analysis 13 units
FDAT056Patternmaking 13 units
FDAT057Patternmaking 23 units
FDAT058Fashion Draping3 units
FDAT066Technical Design2 units
FDAT070Design 13 units
FDAT072Portfolio1 unit
FDAT081Line Development3 units
FDAT087Digital Studio3 units

Recommended Major Electives (0 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT020Couture Embellishment1 unit
FDAT027Professional Image3 units
FDAT053Textile Design1 unit
FDAT061Advanced Sewing Techniques1 unit
FDAT084Internship1 unit

Total Major Units: 38 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garment for mass production.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Produce and present designs from concept to finished product.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to make design decisions that limit environmental and social impacts.
Last Updated 7/19/23