Fashion Technology

Photo of fashion students during fashion show

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 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.

Program Prerequisites

Certificate of Competence (CC) - Flat Patternmaking

  • FT 28 or demonstrated ability

Certificate of Competence (CC) - Computerized Grading, Marking and Patternmaking

  • FT 237and 243 or demonstrated ability

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
  • Certificate of Competence (CC)

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 ($300 - $500 per semester)

Highly Recommended

Daily access to a working sewing machine. The Fashion Technology program currently uses the Bernina #1008 model in our sewing laboratory.

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

  • Apply knowledge of materials, construction techniques, and quality product manufacturing.
  • Identify fashion trends, create professional sketches for presentations, and conduct consumer research with appropriate industry terminology.
  • Drape, draft or manipulate flat patterns to create saleable designs with fabrics and notions suitable to the garment.
  • Discuss current issues in the apparel industries, including social and ethical consequences.
  • Employ critical thinking, creativity, and technical skill mastery to prepare all pre-employment qualifications required for any emerging professional.

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


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


  • 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


Perceive and interpret sensory information to achieve aesthetic effect.


  • 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


Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do design work.


  • 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


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


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

Behavioral Skills


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


  • 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


Function safely in a fashion technology lab.


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