Academic Catalogs

Fashion Design, Certificate of Achievement

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Banner Code: 1_CT_FSDE
Control Number: 18194

Completion of the Fashion certificate programs prepares students for careers in the fashion industry and in related businesses. Students may also transfer to programs at four-year colleges.

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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

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
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
FASH A102Industrial Sewing Techniques2
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
Semester 4
FASH A155Tech-Packs2.5
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A256Fashion Illustrating Techniques 23
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