Apparel Design A.S. Degree

After completing the Apparel Design A.S. degree, a student will be able to:

  • Produce and present designs from concept to finished product.
  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garment for mass production.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design, development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research. Assessment: Assignments and/or projects.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.

Required Courses (44 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 32 History of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Plus 3 Units Fashion Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
Total Units   47 units

NOTE: Students must also complete AS degree general education requirements for college graduation.

Apparel Production A.S. Degree

The Apparel Production AS degree is designed as a comprehensive curriculum of production courses based on industry standard methods for pattern design leading to first sample production utilizing both manual and electronic techniques. These courses are designed to meet the different experience levels of students from beginner to advanced, as well as assist industry professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

After completing this degree, students will be prepared for entry level positions in patternmaking, technical design, electronic patternmaking, grading, and marker making. Students may seek additional education at a 4-year institution such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Fashion Institute of Technology or private fashion schools.

After completing the Apparel Production A.S. degree, a student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.
Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units
Total Units   32 units

NOTE: Students must also complete AS degree general education requirements for college graduation.

Apparel Design Level 1 Certificate of Achievement

After completing a certificate in Apparel Design Level 1, a student will be able to:

  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garment for mass production.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
Total Certificate Units   24 units

Apparel Design Level 2 Certificate of Achievement

The Apparel Design Level 2 Certificate of Achievement offers a comprehensive curriculum of design courses based on industry standard methods. These courses are designed to meet the different experience levels of students from beginner to advanced, as well as assist industry professionals seeking to upgrade their skills.

After completing this certificate student will be prepared for entry to mid- level positions in fashion design, trend forecasting, prototype sample development, and sourcing. Students may seek additional education at a 4-year institution such as Cal Poly Pomona, UC Davis, Fashion Institute of Technology or private fashion schools.

After completing a certificate in Apparel Design Level 2, a student will be able to:

  • Produce and present designs from concept to finished product.
  • Create a production package, patterns and sample garment for mass production.
  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.

Required Core Courses: 44 units

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 32 History of Fashion 3 units
FDAT 44 Fashion Drawing 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units
FDAT 70 Elements & Principles of Design 3 units
FDAT 76 Creative Apparel Design 3 units
FDAT 81 Line Development 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units

Elective Courses: 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
Total Certificate Units   47 units

Apparel Production Certificate of Achievement

After completing a certificate in Apparel Production-Level 1, a student will be able to:

  • Use industry standard manufacturing equipment.
  • Use computer aided design and manufacturing equipment and software for design development and production.
  • Utilize available technology for research.
  • Demonstrate ability to function in a professional apparel industry environment.
  • Allocate time and materials to meet project deadlines.
  • Evaluate, organize, maintain, interpret and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving skills.
  • Participate as a team member in a diverse work environment.

Required Core Courses: 26 units

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 19 Computer Patternmaking 3 units
FDAT 30 Introduction to Fashion Design 3 units
FDAT 51 Basic Apparel Construction 3 units
FDAT 52A Fabric Analysis I 3 units
FDAT 52B Fabric Analysis II 3 units
FDAT 55 Apparel Manufacturing 3 units
FDAT 56 Patternmaking I 3 units
FDAT 57 Patternmaking II 3 units
FDAT 66 Technical Design 2 units

Elective Courses: 3 units

Course Number Course Title Units
FDAT 20 Couture Embellishment 3 units
FDAT 27 Professional Image 3 units
FDAT 58 Fashion Draping 3 units
FDAT 84 Fashion Design Internship 3 units
FDAT 87 CAD: Technical Drawings and Specifications 3 units
Total Units   29 units

Fashion Design Program Course Correspondence

The Fashion Design Department has engaged in the development of new course numbers for some courses. Please see the chart below for the correspondence between old course numbering and new course numbering for the purpose of degree and certificate completion. Courses that are not listed have not been changed. For more information on the requirements for completion of certificates and degrees and educational planning, please see a counselor by calling 408-741-2009.

Former Course Number Current Course Number
FDAT 18A and 18B FDAT 19
FDAT 40A and 40B FDAT 44
FDAT 50 FDAT 51
FDAT 54 FDAT 55
FDAT 60 FDAT 56
FDAT 62 FDAT 57
FDAT 64 FDAT 58
FDAT 80 FDAT 81
last published: 1/5/18