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Apparel Design Level 1

Certificate of Achievement

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.

Program Requirements (23 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
FDAT013Digital Patternmaking and Design 12 units
FDAT030Introduction to Sustainable Fashion3 units
FDAT044Fashion Illustration 13 units
FDAT051Construction3 units
FDAT052AFabric Analysis 13 units
FDAT056Patternmaking 13 units
FDAT058Fashion Draping3 units
FDAT070Design 13 units

Total Certificate Units: 23 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

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

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