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Fashion

Orange Coast College Fashion Program

We welcome you to join the Fashion Program at Orange Coast College, where you can obtain the education to succeed in the fashion industry. This well-established program prepares you for transfer to a four-year program, a professional career, a career change, or advancement in your present fashion career.

Education in Fashion

Fashion is among the largest and most established industries in California. A fashion education can provide the necessary background and skills for a career in this ever thriving and dynamic world. Orange Coast College offers programs and courses that meet the needs of this vast industry. Our fashion program provides an environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity and multicultural awareness. If fosters understanding of social, organizational and technological systems.

A Career for You

Career opportunities in the fashion industry are endless and diverse. The fashion business is challenging, fast paced, exciting and constantly changing. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and the second largest employer in the United States. Fashion is the second largest industry among Southern California's manufacturing employers and second only to the aerospace industry.

Five Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Science options are available through the Fashion Department:

  1. Apparel Construction,
  2. Design,
  3. Display and Visual Presentation,
  4. Fashion Merchandising, and
  5. Production/Product Development.

Completion of these programs prepares students for careers in the fashion industry and in related businesses. Students may also transfer to programs at four-year colleges. Additionally, the department offers a Certificate of Specialization in Industrial Sewing.

Department Contact Information

Lauren Becker
lbecker@occ.cccd.edu

Fashion Department Website

Credit Courses

FASH A0500.5-2 Units (27-108 lab hours)  
Sewing Lab  

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

A laboratory-based course to improve clothing construction skills. Students work independently according to a study plan they devise and complete, under the supervision of the course instructor. Includes periodic student-teacher conferences, completion of individualized lab assignments, and a final self-assessment report. Enrollment is open all semester. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only. (NOT APPLICABLE TO AA OR AS DEGREE).

Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A050

    FASH A1001.5 Units (18 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
    Beginning Clothing Techniques  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    This course is an introduction to basic clothing construction. Students will learn basic clothing construction techniques, terminology, pattern layout, measuring and cutting, and complete multiple easy-to-sew projects.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A100

      FASH A1022 Units (18 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
      Industrial Sewing Techniques  
      Prerequisite(s): FASH A100 or FASH A180 or FASH A183.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Advanced clothing construction techniques with emphasis on industrial equipment, techniques, use, and care.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A102

        FASH A1053 Units (18 lecture hours; 108 lab hours)  
        Sewing Skills Assessment  

        Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        Assessment of sewing skills and performance of specified clothing techniques required for FASH A100, FASH A180, and FASH A183. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A105

          FASH A1103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
          Applied Textiles and Design  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          Selection, use, care, and performance standards for textile products for fashion apparel and interior textiles.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A110

            FASH A1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Introduction to the Fashion Industry  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Organization, structure, and interrelationship of industries and services that comprise the business of fashion, terminology, designers, trade organizations, and publications. Identification of current trends and fashion inspiration. Professional opportunities explored.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A115

              FASH A1163 Units (54 lecture hours)  
              Fashion Styling  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Principles of fashion styling. This course explores industry terms, styling types, building a styling kit, and working on a set. Examines methods and materials used for careers in fashion styling. Students will create a professional portfolio of work. May be taken for grade or on a pass-no pass basis.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A116

                FASH A1183 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                Trend Forecasting  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                Studies the techniques and procedures for identifying and forecasting fashion trends and evaluates current trends found in lifestyles, business, ready-to-wear, and home fashion. Students will learn to recognize and analyze predictive lifestyle and business trends that affect retail merchandising and marketing decisions.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A118

                  FASH A1201.5 Units (27 lecture hours)  
                  History of Fashion  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  A chronological study of costume designs from ancient times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the identification of apparel design details, the relation of recurring style trends to contemporary fashions, and sociological, economic, and political factors affecting clothing through the centuries.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A120

                    FASH A1211.5 Units (27 lecture hours)  
                    Street Style  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                    This course explores the significant and dynamic role street style plays in the 21st Century and surveys how youth defies and influences the fashion establishment. The street's ascent as a fashion force will be traced from its historical inception to how it makes history.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A121

                      FASH A1301.5 Units (18 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
                      Tailoring  
                      Prerequisite(s): FASH A180 or FASH A183 .

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                      The student will construct a lined, tailored jacket using traditional and speed tailoring techniques; 48 basic clothing construction techniques will be featured.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A130

                        FASH A1352 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                        Design Thinking  

                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                        Design problem solving and planning through the prototyping process. The study of the design process including inspiration, ideation, and implementation of design concepts.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A135

                          FASH A1372 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                          Alterations  
                          Prerequisite(s): FASH A100 or FASH A180 or FASH A183.

                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                          Basic analysis and techniques related to fitting and altering ready-to-wear garments and commercial patterns.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A137

                            FASH A1452 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                            Fashion Reporting and Analysis  

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            Topics include the creation of sales reports, product line sheets, spreadsheets, formula development and analysis of sales data for a fashion company using Microsoft Excel and current software.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A145

                              FASH A1503 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                              Flat Pattern Techniques  
                              Prerequisite(s): FASH A100 or FASH A180 or FASH A183.

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                              Interpretation of clothing design through the use of flat pattern techniques. Basic principles involved in designing and manipulating patterns.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A150

                                FASH A1552.5 Units (36 lecture hours; 27 lab hours)  
                                Tech-Packs  
                                Prerequisite(s): FASH A100 or FASH A180 or FASH A183; and FASH A150; and FASH A255.

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                The development of offshore technical packages. To include: garment knock-offs, pattern adjustments, appropriate fit, fabric qualities and package specifications.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A155

                                  FASH A1703 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                  Clothing Design and Selection  

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                  An introduction to the psychology of clothing and the study of art elements and principles as they relate to dress and personal appearance. Fashion vocabulary, recognition, and description of styles, and fashion cycles and trends are emphasized.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A170

                                    FASH A1753 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
                                    Applied Color and Design Theory  

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                    Introduction to color and design theory and application, including line, shape, value and color. Utilization of tools, materials, and equipment to develop a visual vocabulary and technical skills applicable to interior, architectural, and fashion related fields of design. Same as Interior Design A175. Students completing Fashion A175 may not receive credit for Interior Design A175.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A175

                                      FASH A1773 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                      Fashion Merchandising Concepts  

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                      An introduction to the fashion merchandising industry will include vendors and products sold, as well as the various types of retail venues and the methods of merchandising apparel in each. The packaging and marketing of a product and the tracking of a fashion trends in several venues will also be included. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A177

                                        FASH A1803 Units (36 lecture hours; 72 lab hours)  
                                        Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 1  
                                        Prerequisite(s): FASH A100.

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        Fundamental principles of clothing construction are studied and applied to selected problems with an emphasis on expanding knowledge in a variety of techniques. Fulfills the lower division college transfer requirement in clothing for the family and consumer sciences major.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A180

                                          FASH A1812 Units (120 other hours)  
                                          Fashion Internship  
                                          Co-requisite(s): FASH A200.
                                          Advisory: At least four fashion Core courses must be taken or the equivalent; FASH A110, FASH A115, FASH A120, FASH A121, FASH A170, FASH A177.

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                          A supervised internship including classroom-based learning and experience at a fashion-related work site. This 120-hour unpaid or 150-hour paid work experience course is designed to assist students to acquire career awareness, work habits, attitudes and skills for the fashion program. Credit for occupational work experience may be accrued at the rate of one to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. Additionally, this course is for 2 units and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A181

                                            FASH A1822 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                                            Professional Practices  
                                            Prerequisite(s): FASH A115 and FASH A255.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                            Course will include writing resumes and professional correspondence and developing a visual portfolio. This course should be taken in the final semester of the certificate program.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A182

                                              FASH A1833 Units (36 lecture hours; 72 lab hours)  
                                              Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2  
                                              Prerequisite(s): FASH A100.

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                              An intermediate-level clothing construction class using the latest industry methods. Students will learn clothing construction techniques and complete two sewing projects.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A183

                                                FASH A1903 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                Apparel Industry Sustainability: The Environment, Ethical Business Practices & the Law  

                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                An introduction to, and overview of, responsible business, also known as triple bottom line business, with a focus on environmental sustainability, responsible decision making, social impact, corporate social responsibility, regulatory compliance, certifications, and other emerging technologies. Students will examine current topics, concepts, trends, and rules that are driving the sustainability and responsible business movement and will develop an understanding of, and a lexicon for, what many consider the future of business.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A190

                                                  FASH A1913 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                  Sustainability & Responsibility in Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Branding  
                                                  Prerequisite(s): FASH A190.

                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                  A look at environmental and social impacts the apparel manufacturing industry has had in the past and continues to have today. This class will explore the impacts associated with the process of developing and manufacturing apparel from fiber sourcing to warehousing, and sales to distribution. Additionally, this class will discuss innovative solutions that are in use today that counter those impacts.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A191

                                                    FASH A1923 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                    Research and Development for Apparel Industry Sustainability  
                                                    Prerequisite(s): FASH A190 and FASH A191.

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                    Research, evaluate, and interpret sustainable fashion theory and current company processes. The course will review current sustainability programs companies are marketing, as well as assessing and evaluating their compliance programs. Through case studies and field trips you will apply knowledge and participate in the development and presentation of a brand or company that encapsulates ethical and sustainable practices.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A192

                                                      FASH A1990.5-1.5 Units (9-27 lecture hours)  
                                                      Current Issues in Fashion  

                                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                      Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                      Current issues in the field of fashion, rotating through a variety of topics, such as fashion design/production, apparel construction, fashion merchandising, and costume. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. This course may be taken four times.

                                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A199

                                                        FASH A2001 Unit (18 lecture hours)  
                                                        Fashion Internship Lecture  
                                                        Co-requisite(s): FASH A181.

                                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                        Classroom-based learning includes 18 hours of company research preparation to include company culture and appropriate behavior; on-site interview skills and techniques; writing measurable learning objectives that are assessed at the end of the internship; and writing a reflective summary for each objective and developing a resource directory for employees, vendors, and services used at the field site.

                                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A200

                                                          FASH A2253 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                          Media, Events, and Promotions  
                                                          Prerequisite(s): FASH A177.

                                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                          Principles of fashion promotion and events coordination. Analysis of social media marketing related to the fashion industry. The course will include techniques and procedures for presenting fashion according to retail venue, target customer, type of merchandise, and type of theme, media, or event.

                                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A225

                                                            FASH A2332 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                                                            Couture Techniques  
                                                            Prerequisite(s): FASH A180 or FASH A183.

                                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                            Instruction and practice in techniques used to create couture and custom garments. Techniques of handling special and difficult fabrics, leather and furs. Features fine finishing details. Requires construction of one couture garment.

                                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A233

                                                              FASH A2352 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                                                              Draping  
                                                              Prerequisite(s): FASH A180.

                                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                              The creative design of garments through draping techniques emphasizing fabric manipulation and design creation.

                                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A235

                                                                FASH A2553 Units (36 lecture hours; 72 lab hours)  
                                                                Fashion Illustrating Techniques 1  

                                                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                Presentation and promotion of fashion and garment design through elementary trade sketching, use of the 'croqui', and current computer design software as used in the fashion industry.

                                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A255

                                                                  FASH A2563 Units (36 lecture hours; 72 lab hours)  
                                                                  Fashion Illustrating Techniques 2  
                                                                  Prerequisite(s): FASH A255.

                                                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                  Use current computer software to design and refine fashion garment proportions, textile textures and shapes, and garment construction elements to gain a clear understanding of design standards in the fashion industry.

                                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A256

                                                                    FASH A2662 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
                                                                    Computerized Pattern System  
                                                                    Advisory: FASH A110 and FASH A150.

                                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                                    An introductory course on the operation of the current computer-assisted pattern-making software package, including the 3-D format. System management, digitizing, plotting, marker-making, pattern development, library structures of pattern data, development of pattern blocks, pattern design, grading, and drafting system features/functions will be covered.

                                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing FASH A266