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Fashion Design & Merchandising: Designers (SOC CODE: 27-1022.00)

Job Description Overview

Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

Related Careers

  • Fashion Designers
  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Video Game Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Designers, All Other
  • Interior Designers
  • Floral Designers
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists
  • Electronic Drafters

Sample Job Duties

  • Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.
  • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
  • Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
  • Confer with sales and management executives or with clients to discuss design ideas.
  • Identify target markets for designs, looking at factors such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • Attend fashion shows and review garment magazines and manuals to gather information about fashion trends and consumer preferences.
  • Select materials and production techniques to be used for products.
  • Provide sample garments to agents and sales representatives, and arrange for showings of sample garments at sales meetings or fashion shows.
  • Design custom clothing and accessories for individuals, retailers, or theatrical, television, or film productions.
  • Adapt other designers' ideas for the mass market.

    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. Students prepare for careers in apparel manufacturing, production, and technical design.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      Required Electives
      Select one of the following 3
      FASH 57
      Fashion Retailing and Production Technologies
      FASH 66
      Visual Merchandising Display
      Total Units12

      Fashion Website

    • Fashion Design: Level I

      Business Division
      Certificate N0482

      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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      Total Units18

      Fashion Website

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Design: Level II

      Business Division
      Certificate N0483

      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. In addition to clothing construction, patternmaking, and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) technical drawing skills, students will be able to create apparel patterns using various draping techniques. Furthermore, students will be able to create sportswear collections and develop professional apparel design portfolios to strengthen career perspectives.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Fashion Design - Level I coursework18
      PLUS
      Completion of the Fashion Design - Level II coursework6
      Total Units24
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      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 Digital Illustration and Design3
      Total Units18
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Fashion Design - Level II Coursework
      FASH 22Fashion Design By Draping3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      Total Units6

      Fashion Website

       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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 12Clothing Construction II3
      FASH 14Dress, Culture, and Identity3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 21Patternmaking I3
      FASH 22Fashion Design By Draping3
      FASH 23Patternmaking II3
      FASH 24Fashion Patternmaking by Computer3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      Total Units30
    • 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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 14Dress, Culture, and Identity3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising4
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Required Electives
      Choose one of the following:3
      FASH 57
      Fashion Retailing and Production Technologies
      FASH 66
      Visual Merchandising Display
      Total Units28
    • Fashion Merchandising: Level 1

      Business Division
      Certificate N0484

      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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising4
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units19

       Guided Pathway of Study

    • Fashion Merchandising: Level 2

      Business Division
      Certificate N0485

      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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level I coursework19
      PLUS
      Completion of the Fashion Merchandising - Level II coursework6
      Total Units25
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Fashion Merchandising - Level I Coursework
      FASH 8Introduction to Fashion3
      FASH 17Textiles3
      FASH 25Fashion Digital Illustration and Design3
      FASH 59Fashion Retailing3
      FASH 62Retail Buying and Merchandising4
      FASH 63Fashion Promotion3
      Total Units19
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Fashion Merchandising - Level II Coursework
      FASH 10Clothing Construction I3
      FASH 66Visual Merchandising Display3
      or FASH 57 Fashion Retailing and Production Technologies
      Total Units6

      Recommended Elective

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      FASH 81Work Experience in Fashion Merchandising and Retail1
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