Fashion Studies

The Fashion program is designed to engage students in creative skills that are practical and useful in their independent lives. Students create clothing and other textile products as well as study history, culture, and the industry of fashion. Students will learn garment construction skills, characteristics fabrics and their care, and a variety of fabric manipulation techniques. Choices in course selection are based on individual areas of interest in sewing and fashion. Recent equipment and technology upgrades have injected current and cutting edge sewing techniques into the classroom. Students are required to purchase all supplies and materials for all their projects.

Introductory (Fashion 10)

Students complete five projects beginning with simple techniques and moving to more advanced. Students construct garments, fashion accessories, use digital embroidery software and commercial equipment, and create unique projects in the lab. Students develop skills and confidence in sewing to develop an appreciation of the craft. Students will select some courses in consultation with their instructor based on their interests and skill level.

Intermediate/Advanced (Fashion 20/30)

Prerequisite: Fashion 10

Students in the Intermediate and Advanced levels can further develop skills and interests explored at previous levels. Techniques and concepts gain complexity as students challenge themselves with increasingly more difficult projects. There is a considerable amount of flexibility in course selection based on student interest and skill development. Home Decor, embroidery, fashion illustration, complex garment construction, textile arts, and fashion design are just a few areas students may select to study. Many students even choose to complete unique and personal gowns they wear with pride to graduation. Students will select courses in consultation with their instructor to best meet their needs, skills, and potential career interests.

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