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Overview

Expand your creative and technical skills for the fashion and apparel industry by gaining hands-on experience in conception, design, production, and sales through a self-directed garment project.

Credential
Diploma
Tuition
Length
Start Dates
Sep

What you will learn

 
  • Fashion production
  • Technical illustration (Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Pattern drafting
  • Computer aided drafting (CAD) and digitization with Gerber
  • Draping
  • Knit garments
  • Lined dresses
  • Office attire
  • Pattern grading and size ranges
  • Niche body types
  • Fabric properties, testing, and sourcing
  • Textile industry ethics
  • Fashion industry issues and trends
  • Fashion history and culture
  • Precision drawing
  • Professional hand and machine sewing
  • Textile print and dye techniques
  • Garment construction
  • Creative vision
  • Branding and marketing
  • Final runway collection or product line
  • Manufacturing specifications
  • Business skills
  • Overseas production
  • Website design and e-commerce
  • Professional communication
 

What to expect

 
  • Mandatory attendance
  • Practical labs and demonstrations
  • Team activities
  • Computer work
  • Field trips
  • Independent learning
  • Student presentations
  • Individual and group projects
  • Written exams
  • Research assignments
  • Self-assessments
  • Portfolio creation
  • Lectures, seminars, videos
  • 120-hour industry practicum
 

Admission requirements

 

Admission is a competitive selection based on the following criteria:

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • English 12 (C grade), or equivalent
  • Letter of Intent (500 words or less)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Artistic portfolio:
    • Two pieces of original artwork with accompanying description
    • Sketch book
  • Two sewn items
  • Interview with selection committee
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel (testing to be performed onsite)

VCC recognizes that some applicants may not possess a detailed portfolio or sewing experience. A demonstrated interest in fashion through hobby, education, portfolio, or work experience are acknowledged and seriously considered by the department. These applicants will still need to submit all other documentation, participate in an interview, and potentially take sewing and/or drawing courses prior to the starting the program.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.

 

Recommended Characteristics

 
  • Imagination and creativity
  • A good aesthetic sense
  • Comfort with a fast paced environment
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to handle criticism
  • The ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • Motivation, curiosity, and research-orientation
  • Some sewing skills
  • General knowledge of fashion designers and styles
 

Fees and other costs  

 
Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Application fee $35  
Tuition $23,030  
College initiative $137  
Campus resource $461  
Total $23,663  
 

Additional Details

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Name
Fashion Design & Production Programs

Courses

Minimum Required

6 Course(s)

Minimum Required

7 Course(s)

Minimum Required

3 Course(s)

Minimum Required

1 Course(s)

 

Have a question? Email us - fashion@vcc.ca