Fashion Design

Students in Fashion Design

Course Description

The Fashion industry is big business and it affects all of our lives to some extent, simply because we are all consumers of clothing, and possibly cosmetics, hair care, etc. Yes, even those who are “anti Fashion” are still a part of this worldwide industry. This 3-semester non-sequential class is designed to give students hands-on experience in many facets of this industry, including designing, pattern drafting, sewing, textiles, sketching, wardrobe planning, buying and more. A 4th-semester internship is available to students.

Course Curriculum

Semester 1

Fashion history, fashion sketching:

  • Trends of the 20th Century
  • Fashion cycle
  • Fashion capitals
  • Garment styles
  • Garment construction
  • Career planning/ portfolio development

Semester 2


  • Fibers
  • Fabrics,
  • Finishes
  • Embellishment
  • Garment construction
  • Career planning, portfolio development

Semester 3

  • Fundamentals of design
  • Fashion designers
  • Figure types
  • Personal style
  • Garment construction
  • Career planning portfolio development

What does Fashion Design offer?

  • Become a trendsetter by learning the art of sewing
  • Develop basic pattern drafting skills
  • Learn how to use the Principles and Elements of Design to design for various figure types
  • Study the Art and Science of Textiles through research and design
  • Earn Post Secondary Credits through Emily Griffith Technical College for Beginning Sewing, Textiles, Fundamentals of Design, Fashion Sketching and Basic Sewing

Possible career choices in Fashion Design

  • Fashion Designer
  • Textiles Designer
  • Store Buyer
  • Stylist
  • Personal Shopper
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Store Manager

Course Credits

Credits Per Semester: 1.5 units

Currently attending a different school?

Talk to your school counselor about attending CEC part-time for career classes.

Fashion Design Faculty
Name Title Department Email
Kathy McMann Teacher Fashion Design