Fashion Techniques and Design Program (F113)

PROGRAM
Fashion Techniques and Design
CODE
F113
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 Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry’s standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of fashion illustration, pattern making, pattern grading and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show production, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's wear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

The Fashion Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry’s standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of fashion illustration, pattern making, pattern grading and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show development, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's wear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs.

An annual fashion show highlights successful student projects. Students have the opportunity to show their work to industry at an annual fashion portfolio presentation, participate in numerous competitions, work on applied research projects, volunteer and attend industry events.

Note: This program requires extensive sewing; manual dexterity and good vision are assets. Both sewing experience and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

F113 fashion techniques image
students in a sewing lab

At the School of Fashion there are many extracurricular activities that students can take advantage of. Check out our video below.

Part Time Study Options  

We also offer Continuing Education courses and certificates in Apparel Pattern Drafting and Fashion Design. (Note: These are not equivalent to the full-time program.) You can view these courses at coned.georgebrown.ca

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
FASH1033 Technical Illustration
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1115 Fundamental Pattern Drafting
FASH1117 Construction I – Theory and Practice
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabrics Analysis
FASH1061 Torso Drafting
FASH1122 Construction II – Theory and Practice
FASH1153 Technical Specifications and Development
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH2038 Advanced Torso Drafting
FASH2056 Construction III – Theory and Practice
FASH2064 Pattern Grading and Marker Making
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
FASH Program Elective (choose one)*
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH2046 Construction IV – Theory and Practice
FASH2051 Advanced Drafting
GHUM1021 History of Costume
FASH Program Elective (choose one)*
GNED General Education Elective

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
COMM2015 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1002 P.D.S. (Pattern Drafting System)
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH1125 Lingerie
FASH1132 Block Making
FASH1134 Collection Development
FASH1135 Independent Study
FASH2050 Draping
FASH2053 Men’s Pattern Drafting
FASH2054 Portfolio Development
FASH2065 Bridal and Evening Wear
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
FASH2077 Surface Textile Design
FASH1154 Field Education

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

This program is ideal for individuals with a love of fashion, and a desire to be involved in the industry at various stages of creating a fashion line, from initial design concept to final product.

Graduates typically become members of a team in roles that might include trend forecasting, drafting specifications or preparation for production. Graduates have had successful careers as assitant designers, stylists, patternmakers, samplemakers, graders or technical illustrators. Workplaces range from small design studios to large manufacturing companies. In the last 40 years, graduates have also developed into entrepreneurs in design, sewing and fashion-supply businesses.

Future Study Options 

Students who successfully complete this program with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher may be eligible for admission into fashion programs at other post-secondary institutions.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$4,284.00 *

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 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

This program requires extensive sewing and drafting. It is strongly recommended that applicants have sewing experience. Students who enter the program with intermediate experience in working with commercial patterns and construction of garments have a better chance to succeed with program demands. Both sewing ability and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

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).​

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Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

"I entered George Brown College without any fashion design experience. The technical curriculum left me finishing each day with a new skill at my disposal. Alongside guest lectures, competitions and paid work experiences granted through the school, my George Brown education helped take me all the way to Belgium to continue my studies at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (although this decision was almost swayed by an amazing job offer in Toronto)! I can't express enough my gratitude for having learned so much in just two years."

Holden Vetro (Graduate 2015, Fashion Techniques and Design)

Gargi Ghugare, Fashion Techniques and Design Graduate

"The George Brown grad show was pretty much the first time I saw something that had gone from my concept to actually walking down a runway. It was a huge moment for me. Going from not knowing how to use a sewing machine to coming up with a 15-piece collection right out of school that showed in Vancouver Fashion Week is all credit to my alma mater.”

Gargi Ghugare (Graduate 2015, Fashion Techniques and Design); Founder and Creative director of G aur M

Read more of Gargi Ghugare's story.

Joao Guedes' collection on the runway, Fashion Techniques and Design Graduate

“My advice to students is to take as many opportunities as you can. Apply for events, awards and shows. I was able to be in the Global Edge program and go to India, but was also shortlisted as one of five new menswear designers to showcase at the first Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. I actually won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award that year! That wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t apply for the opportunity in the first place.”

Joao Guedes (Graduate 2013, Fashion Techniques and Design); Creative Director & Designer, Joao Paulo Guedes Label

Read more of Joao Guedes' story.

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.