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Apparel Construction, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_APCN

Control Number: 18199

Financial Aid Eligible

The Apparel Construction Certificate of Achievement will provide students with core skills in textiles, pattern making, advanced garment construction, fashion history, industry-specific computer programs, and sustainability. Students will also gain knowledge in directed skills related to draping, tailoring, couture clothing construction, and alterations. Upon completion, students will be prepared for entry-level employment in the fields of garment construction, costume stitching, alterations, pattern making, tailoring, and dressmaking in the fashion industry and related businesses.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate hands-on skills in advanced sewing techniques related to tailoring and couture sewing.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate pattern making skills, with special attention to the skills involved in draping and flat pattern methods.
  3. Students will be able to sketch designs, cut patterns, sew and alter garments with attention to industry-specific client’s needs.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Coursework
FASH A100Beginning Clothing Techniques1.5
FASH A102Industrial Sewing Techniques 12
FASH A110Applied Textiles and Design3
FASH A115Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FASH A120History of Fashion1.5
FASH A121Street Style1.5
FASH A150Flat Pattern Techniques3
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A190Apparel Industry Sustainability: Environmental, Ethical, & Legal Practices3
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
Directed Coursework
FASH A130Tailoring1.5
FASH A137Alterations2
FASH A180Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 13
FASH A183Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 23
FASH A233Couture Techniques2
FASH A235Draping2
Total Units40

May be offered only in Summer.

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FASH A100 Beginning Clothing Techniques 1.5
FASH A110 Applied Textiles and Design 3
FASH A115 Introduction to the Fashion Industry 3
FASH A120 History of Fashion 1.5
FASH A121 Street Style 1.5
Semester 2
FASH A137 Alterations 1 2
Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2 1, 2
or Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 1
FASH A150 Flat Pattern Techniques 3
FASH A190 Apparel Industry Sustainability: Environmental, Ethical, & Legal Practices 3
FASH A102 Industrial Sewing Techniques 3 2
Year 2
Semester 1
Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 1 2, 4
or Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2
FASH A130 Tailoring 4 1.5
FASH A170 Clothing Design and Selection 3
FASH A235 Draping 4 2
Semester 2
FASH A181 Fashion Internship 2
FASH A200 Fashion Internship Lecture 1
FASH A182 Professional Practices 1 2
FASH A233 Couture Techniques 1 2
 Total Units40

Spring term only


FASH A180 and FASH A183 may be taken in any order.


Offered Summer and Fall terms only.


Fall term only