General Information

The Fashion Design Program at West Valley College is a professional, effective training program that will prepare you for an exciting career in the fashion industry.

Fashion Design video

Our program is designed to meet your needs. Take classes to re-train, update your skills or complete the program with a Certificate in Fashion Design, Associate Degree in Fashion Design, Certificate Apparel Production, and Associate Degree Apparel Production. You can also transfer to universities.

The West Valley College Fashion Design Program is the recognized leader in computer technology training for apparel design and manufacturing. Our fully equipped computer labs provide students with hands-on experience using computer systems identical to those found in the industry. We are the largest educational facility in North America offering instruction using the Gerber Technology (GT) "AccuMark" System for computer-aided patternmaking, grading and marking. This system is used by major manufacturers throughout the world.

Learning the technology currently found in the industry gives West Valley College Fashion Design students a leading edge when entering the changing job market.

Affordable

The Fashion Design Program offers an affordable alternative to the leading private design institutes. As a public community college, West Valley College offers low cost tuition as well as scholarships and financial aid to qualified students.

Real World

The faculty are working professionals who understand industry requirements and bring realistic expectations to the classroom. The curriculum is updated annually to respond to industry requirements and constant contact is maintained with industry through alumni and advisory committees.

Career Options with Fashion Design Certificate of Degree

Apparel Design Level 1 Certificate

  • Showroom Assistant
  • Design Room Assistant
  • Assistant to Fabric/Trim Buyer
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Assistant Patternmaker
  • Assistant Merchandiser
  • Assistant Duplicates Coordinator
  • Production Assistant

Apparel Design Level 2 Certificate/A.S. Degree

  • Assistant Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Fabric/Trim Buyer
  • Assistant Trend Manager
  • Assistant Stylist
  • Assistant Merchandiser
  • Assistant Product Developer

Apparel Production Level 1 Certificate

  • Assistant to Fabric/Trim Buyer
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Shipping/Receiving Clerk
  • Assistant First Patternmaker
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Clerk
  • Digitizer
  • Assistant Marker Maker
  • Sample Cutter

Apparel Production Level 2 Certificate/A. S. Degree

  • First Patternmaker
  • Assistant Production Patternmaker
  • Grader
  • Assistant Marker Maker
  • Spec Writer
  • Sample Cutter

Electronic/Computer Patternmaking Short Certificate

  • CAD Patternmaker
  • CAD Grader
  • CAD Marker
  • Digitizer

Electronic/Computer Grading & Marking Short Certificate

  • CAD Grader
  • CAD Marker
  • Digitizer
last published: 1/17/18