Fashion Management Program (F102)

PROGRAM
Fashion Management
CODE
F102
SCHOOL
School of Fashion Studies
LOCATION
Casa Loma Campus
DURATION
2 years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September, January
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The Fashion Management program prepares you with essential knowledge and skills required to meet the Canadian fashion industry’s core business needs. You will gain a deep understanding of textiles, manufacturing inputs and processes, and movement in the supply chain, as well as management of the value, costing and quality of apparel. You will also be able to apply the tools of marketing and merchandising to maximize product success in the market. This program is designed to meet the needs of today’s Canadian market, which has shifted from a focus on manufacturing to product development, niche markets and omni-channel retail.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Fashion Management program prepares you with essential knowledge and skills required to meet the Canadian fashion industry’s core business needs. You will gain a deep understanding of textiles, manufacturing inputs and processes, and movement in the supply chain, as well as management of the value, costing and quality of apparel. You will also be able to apply the tools of marketing and merchandising to maximize product success in the market. This program is designed to meet the needs of today’s Canadian market, which shifted to product development, niche markets and omni-channel retail.

Fashion Management is the only academic program curriculum in Canada endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). Benefits to you include an up-to-date curriculum, connection with the industry and access to industry research materials only available to members.

The concepts of developing, sourcing and marketing a product from initial idea to retail sale are introduced. You will analyze for quality assurance, develop buying, merchandising and marketing plans, examine logistics processes and work as a team to manage a retail store.

The structure of this program gives you flexibility in the choice of a career path. You will also gain relevant industry knowledge through field education experience after the first year of study. Placement may be in fashion buying, production, distribution, retailing, wholesale, or a related marketing area. Students have the opportunity to network with potential employers at our FashionWorks industry event.

Note: Students starting in January will have an alternate order of courses, and will not graduate until their field education component has been completed.

Two fashion students assessing textiles

The School of Fashion offers many extracurricular activities for students to get involved in. Check out the video below. 

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1083 Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1036 Basic Accounting Principles
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabrics Analysis
FASH2003 Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004 Apparel Marketing
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
GSSC1034 Economics
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1052 Apparel Manufacturing
FASH1068 Apparel Buying Simulation
FASH2008 Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2073 Sales Management
FASH Program Elective (choose one)†
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
  or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1066 Apparel Sourcing
FASH2007 Product Development and Costing
MGMT2009 Fundamentals of Management
QC1003 Quality Assurance and Applications
FASH Program Elective (choose one)†
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
  or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Electives 

†Program elective choices vary from semester to semester. These are examples of some of the program elective courses that may be offered:

semester courses
Code Course Name
COMM1148 Fashion Business Communication
COMM2015 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1045 Field Placement
FASH1054 Portfolio Development
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH2048 Textile Laboratory
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077 Textile Surface Design
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

†For September start, May–June. For January start, TBA.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

For more than 45 years, this program has generated a varied, adaptable workforce for the apparel industry. Graduates have been hired by apparel manufacturers, designers, wholesalers, importers and major and independent retailers. Graduates are employed in positions leading to careers as product developers and coordinators, assistant buyers, assistant planners, production managers, quality control managers, costing analysts, purchasing agents, merchandisers, store managers, retail planning and allocation, sourcing managers and logistics/distribution managers.

Future Study Options 

Graduates may be eligible for admission to George Brown postgraduate programs, including International Fashion Management.

Students who successfully complete this program with an established minimum grade may be eligible for articulation to other programs or for course exemptions at other institutions in Canada, internationally and at a number of universities in the United States whose apparel programs are recognized and endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). The Fashion Management program is the only fashion program in Canada reviewed and endorsed by the AAFA. For more information, visit wewear.org.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Is this program right for you?

Not sure what to expect in this program? Check out this at-a-glance brochurePDF icon designed to help you chart your path through the program and into your future career.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$4,221.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Basic computer literacy and skill level in Word and Excel are recommended.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August)

George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students 

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Please note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August)​.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Fashion Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionstudies@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session. 

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.