Fashion Technology

Fashion Technology student sewing
Fashion Technology student dressing a mannequin
A sketch made by a Fashion Technology student
Drawings and notes written by a Fashion Technology student
Fashion Technology student talking with an instructor

Program Mission

The Fashion Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the fashion industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

The curriculum is designed to provide competency for a wide range of occupations in the fashion industry. Theoretical knowledge and practical skills are applied in clothing construction, industrial sewing, flat patternmaking, designing, textiles, fashion sketching, grading, marking and cutting, and computerized g grading and marking. Internship or cooperative education experiences are available to interested students. This broad background enables students to select various occupations such as designer, patternmaker, cutter, or custom dressmaker.

The program offers an Associate degree, and Certificates of Achievement and Competence. Faculty members assist students in selecting the courses related to their talents and interest.

Faculty members assist students in selecting the courses related to their talents and interest.

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Text books are $200 - $500 per semester
  • The cost for supplies vary depending on projects ($150 - $300 per semester)

Gainful Employment Information

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Upon successful completion of the FT program, students will be able to:

  • Design and sketch appropriate garment designs suitable to the market or customer.
  • Select appropriate fabrics and notions suitable to the garment's design.
  • Drape, draft or manipulate flat patterns to create accurate garment patterns.
  • Lay perfected patterns correctly and economically onto markers or fabric.
  • Cut fabric using appropriate tools, including power tools.
  • Construct garments using various sewing techniques.
  • Fit garments on various body types and be able to make the proper adjustments.
  • Grade the finished patterns into various sizes.
  • Present the garments in a professional manner to "sell" the designs.
  • Define the fashion industry's manufacturing process.
 

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills

General

Apply principles, concepts, and procedures for industry standard fashion production and retail.

Specific

  • Read textbooks and handouts.
  • Read commercial patterns and instructions.
  • Recognize industry terminology.
  • Identify design, color, and printing techniques used in textiles.
  • Classify fibers and fabrics.
  • Conduct simple physical and chemical tests of fabrics.
  • Apply color theory.
  • Differentiate uses of tools, techniques, computer hardware and software.
  • Identify appropriate materials and methods for specific designs.
  • Do problem solving for design-related needs.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Do basic math calculations.
  • Perform standard design and construction techniques.
  • Employ computer technology for grading and marking patterns.
  • Integrate all phases of apparel production to create garments for customers.
  • Participate in planning and preparing a fashion show.
  • Employ business techniques to promote and sell fashion merchandise.

Sensory/Observation Skills

General

Perceive and interpret sensory information to achieve aesthetic effect.

Specific

  • Translate design sketches into flat patterns.
  • Create and assess designs on computer.
  • Replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
  • Select appropriate materials and methods to achieve target effect.
  • Distinguish slight differences in colors, shapes, and patterns.
  • Evaluate quality of construction.
  • Detect details in fitting.

Motor Skills

General

Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do design work.

Specific

  • Sketch lines, shapes, and figures.
  • Measure, place, and otherwise maneuver fabrics and materials.
  • Manipulate sewing tools such as scissors, pins and needles.
  • Cut and drape fabrics.
  • Execute computer commands and operations to draft, grade, and mark patterns.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.
  • Operate power equipment such as round and straight edge knives, sewing machines and sergers.

Communication Skills

General

Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.

Specific

  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information accurately and coherently.

Behavioral Skills

General

Behave appropriately in both self-directed and shared learning environments.

Specific

  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with responsibilities.
  • Work diligently and put in necessary time to complete tasks.
  • Persist on difficult tasks.
  • Exercise good judgement.

Environmental Tolerance

General

Function safely in a fashion technology lab.

Specific

  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust, Machinery with moving parts, Artificial lighting