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Fashion Design, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_FSDE

Control Number: 18194

Financial Aid Eligible

The Fashion Design Certificate of Achievement will provide students with core skills in design thinking, pattern making, garment construction, fashion history, color theory, industry-specific computer programs, and sustainability.  Students will also gain knowledge in directed skills related to Computer-Aided Design (CAD), technical packages, trend forecasting, and design to production processes. Upon completion, students will be prepared for entry-level employment in the fields of design, design assistant, freelance fashion design, or setting up independent design houses in the fashion industry and related businesses.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of apparel sewing and pattern making. 
  2. Students will be able to create and evaluate technical packages, with special attention to the skills involved in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), measurements, and production needs. 
  3. Students will be able to analyze fashion processes and develop and execute their own design work.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
FASH A100Beginning Clothing Techniques1.5
FASH A102Industrial Sewing Techniques2
FASH A110Applied Textiles and Design3
FASH A115Introduction to the Fashion Industry3
FASH A118Trend Forecasting3
FASH A120History of Fashion1.5
FASH A121Street Style1.5
FASH A135Design Thinking2
FASH A150Flat Pattern Techniques3
FASH A155Tech-Packs2.5
FASH A170Clothing Design and Selection3
FASH A175Applied Color and Design Theory3
or ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
FASH A177Fashion Merchandising Concepts3
FASH A180Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 13
or FASH A183 Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2
FASH A181Fashion Internship2
FASH A182Professional Practices2
FASH A190Apparel Industry Sustainability: Environmental, Ethical, & Legal Practices3
FASH A200Fashion Internship Lecture1
FASH A255Fashion Illustrating Techniques 13
FASH A256Fashion Illustrating Techniques 23
FASH A260Fashion Design/Production Process3
Total Units52

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 A121 Street Style 1.5
FASH A255 Fashion Illustrating Techniques 1 3
Semester 2
FASH A135 Design Thinking 1 2
FASH A170 Clothing Design and Selection 2 3
FASH A150 Flat Pattern Techniques 3
FASH A256 Fashion Illustrating Techniques 2 1 3
FASH A120 History of Fashion 1.5
FASH A102 Industrial Sewing Techniques 3 2
Year 2
Semester 1
FASH A155 Tech-Packs 4 2.5
Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 1 5
or Fundamental Principles of Clothing Construction 2
FASH A190 Apparel Industry Sustainability: Environmental, Ethical, & Legal Practices 3
FASH A118 Trend Forecasting 3
FASH A177 Fashion Merchandising Concepts 3
Semester 2
FASH A181 Fashion Internship 2
FASH A200 Fashion Internship Lecture 1
FASH A182 Professional Practices 1 2
FASH A260 Fashion Design/Production Process 1 3
Applied Color and Design Theory 6
or Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
 Total Units52

Spring term only


GE option 1 area D


Summer and Fall


Fall term only


FASH A180 only needs to be completed if FASH A183 is not taken.  FASH A180 IS Fall term only; FASH A183 is Spring term only


Same as ID A175, satisfies GE option 1 area C1