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Fashion Design & Merchandising: Patternmakers (SOC CODE: 51-6092.00)

Job Description Overview

Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
  • Input specifications into computers to assist with pattern design and pattern cutting.
  • Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.
  • Make adjustments to patterns after fittings.
  • Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.
  • Mark samples and finished patterns with information such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
  • Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
  • Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
  • Position and cut out master or sample patterns, using scissors and knives, or print out copies of patterns, using computers.
  • Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Fashion Computer Aided Design

      Business Division
      Certificate E0383

      The Fashion Computer Aided Design Certificate consists of apparel design courses that offer students a basic understanding of clothing construction, patternmaking, technical design, and patternmaking software. In addition, students become proficient in creating technical drawings and retail planograms using CAD software. Students prepare for careers in apparel manufacturing, production, technical design, and visual merchandising.

      Required Courses

      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      Total Units15

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       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Design: Level I

      Business Division
      Certificate L1397

      The Fashion Design Level I Certificate consists of basic apparel design courses that prepare students for entry level work in the fields of apparel manufacturing, production, and technical design. Upon completion of the certificate, students will have a basic understanding of clothing construction and patternmaking. In addition, students will develop CAD skills for technical drawing and computerized patternmaking.

      Required Courses

      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      Total Units18

      Fashion Website

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Design: Level II

      Business Division
      Certificate L0377

      The Fashion Design: Level II Certificate builds upon the Level I Certificate to provide students with intermediate skills that will enhance their Fashion Design careers. Students will have a strategic view of historic costume research, and textile attributes and characteristics. Students will be exposed to additional categories and classifications of apparel and will further research and design products for divergent target markets. Students will prepare professional portfolios to strengthen career perspectives. Completion of the Fashion Design: Level II Certificate will lead to new opportunities and provide students with a solid foundation upon which to build a career.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Fashion Design - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Fashion Design - Level II coursework6
      Total Units24
      Fashion Design - Level I Coursework
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      Total Units18
      Fashion Design - Level II Coursework
      FASH 22Fashion Design By Draping3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      Total Units6

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       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Design and Technologies: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1320

      The Fashion Design and Technologies Degree consists of apparel design courses that prepare students for careers in apparel manufacturing, production, and technical design. This program emphasizes technology used in the apparel industry and technical design. Upon completion of the program, students will be proficient in technical drawing, computer patternmaking, and apparel related software. Students will gain hands-on experience in using industry related software and develop advanced technical design and production skills.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 14Dress, Culture, and Identity3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 22Fashion Design By Draping3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      Total Units33

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S1308

      The A.S. Degree in Fashion Merchandising is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the apparel industry in Southern California. This A.S. program also offers students courses specializing in apparel retailing, advertising, textiles, and visual communications.
      The courses emphasize the business of fashion, wholesale merchandise planning, and apparel branding targeting specific markets. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to develop marketing strategies, create promotional campaigns, understand the buying process, and analyze retail businesses. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include retail sales, small store merchandising and showroom assisting.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      Total Units27

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: Level 1

      Business Division
      Certificate L0314

      The certificate in Fashion Merchandising offers students courses specializing in apparel retailing, advertising, textiles, and CAD technical drawing. The courses emphasize the business of fashion, wholesale merchandise planning, apparel technology, retailing, and fashion branding targeting specific markets. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to develop marketing strategies, create promotional campaigns, understand the buying process, and analyze retail businesses.

      Required Courses

      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units18

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: Level 2

      Business Division
      Certificate L1303

      The Fashion Merchandising Level II Certificate is designated to build upon the Fashion Merchandising Level I Certificate to provide students with proven business and management tools that will increase their practical understanding of merchandising and marketing. Students will be exposed to projects and visual display simulations that will enhance their merchandising and management career potential.

      Required Courses

      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level II coursework9
      Total Units27
      Fashion Merchandising - Level I Coursework
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Computer-Assisted Drawing3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising3
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units18
      Fashion Merchandising - Level II Coursework
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 15Aesthetic Design in Fashion3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      Total Units9

      Recommended Elective

      FASH 81Work Experience in Fashion Merchandising and Retail1
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