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Fashion Design, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_FSDE
Control Number: 11634

Completion of the Design Certificate program prepares students for careers in the fashion industry and in related businesses. Students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. 

Complete the Fashion Certificates of Achievement and the Associate in Science Graduation Requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Note: This AS degree may require over 70 units for completion, depending on course selection in the major.

Program Outcome

  1. The outcome of the program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as a professional and competent fashion designer in the fields of design, technical design, and merchandising and meet the needs of the local fashion industry.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Semester 1
FASH A100Beginning Clothing Techniques1.5
FASH A110Applied Textiles and Design3
FASH A115Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FASH A120History of Fashion1.5
FASH A121Street Style1.5
FASH A177Fashion Merchandising Concepts3
Subtotal13.5
Semester 2
FASH A135Design Thinking2
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A175Applied Color and Design Theory3
FASH A180Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 13
or FASH A183 Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2
Subtotal11
Summer
FASH A102Industrial Sewing Techniques2
Subtotal2
Semester 3
FASH A118Trend Forecasting3
FASH A150Flat Pattern Techniques3
FASH A180Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 13
or FASH A183 Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2
FASH A190Apparel Industry Sustainability: The Environment, Ethical Business Practices & the Law3
FASH A255Fashion Illustrating Techniques 13
Subtotal15
Semester 4
FASH A155Tech-Packs2.5
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A256Fashion Illustrating Techniques 23
Subtotal10.5
Total Units52

Design Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
ART A107Introduction To Art3
ART A111Color and Design: Three-Dimensional3
BUS A118/A118HIntroduction to International Business3
FASH A235Draping2
MKTG A220Retail Buying3
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 52
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 64