Fashion Business Industry Program (F112)

Fashion Business Industry
School of Fashion Studies
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
Ontario College Diploma
This two-year diploma program is designed to allow students to develop a working knowledge of business management and technical skills necessary in the small to medium-sized business sector of the apparel fashion industry.

Full Program Description


The Fashion Business Industry two-year diploma program at George Brown College gives students an introduction to all aspects of the fashion industry, from product knowledge to marketing and small business management.

The small to medium-sized business enterprise is a flourishing sector of the fashion industry and represents a great opportunity for entry into the fashion world. Smaller companies require employees who possess a variety of management skills to manage a business from the start-up stage to more developed business models. Students will be prepared for the roles and develop skills essential for operation of a successful small fashion business. The entrepreneurial focus of this program guides students through the process of developing a comprehensive business plan, which is essential to start a new business or manage an existing business.

Students will gain an understanding of textiles, garment construction, quality criteria and apparel merchandising. They will also learn to apply marketing, accounting, financial and other business concepts necessary for the decision-making they will encounter in their future careers.

student drafting

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening courses and part-time certificates in Apparel Construction, Apparel Pattern Drafting and Fashion Design. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

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

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1083 Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
COMM1007 College English
GSSC1034 Economics


semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabric Analysis
FASH1128 Apparel Construction Techniques I
FASH2003 Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004 Apparel Marketing
FASH1036 Basic Accounting Principles
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1143 Apparel Construction Technique
FASH1142 Apparel Drafting Techniques
FASH2008 Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2069 Business Planning for the Entrepreneur
FASH2070 Logistics and Costing for Fashion Industries
QC1003 Quality Assurance and Applications
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator


semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH2080 Retail Operations
FASH2071 Financial Management for the Entrepreneur
FASH2072 Business Ethics
GHUM1021 History of Costume
GNED General Education Elective
FASH Program Elective (choose one)*

Detailed course outlines

General Education 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
FASH1252 Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1084 Fashion Advertising and Promotion
FASH2048 Textile Laboratory
FASH2050 Draping
FASH2054 Portfolio Development
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077 Textile Surface Design
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
GHUM1049 Design and Colour
FASH1154 Field Education

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of this program will have acquired the necessary skills to be employed in various fashion industry positions in preparation for starting their own small fashion business.

Graduates are employed in positions leading to careers such as customer service, store management, sales agent, sales analyst, pre-production co-ordinator, marketing assistant, merchandise co-ordinator, quality control, production planner, entrepreneur or operations manager.

Business opportunities include: small manufacturing facility, fashion contracting firm, retail operation, wholesaler, sales agent, specialty boutique.

Student at Sewing Machine

Future Study Options 

Graduates who successfully complete this program with an established minimum grade may be eligible for admission to George Brown College postgraduate programs, including International Fashion Management.

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

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Tuition and Fees


$4,312.00 *

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)

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 that 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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

Jeremiah Mills, Fashion Business Industry graduate

“As a mature student, I really valued being back in a classroom environment and learning new information every day. I loved the fact that from day one of school there was an underlying theme to each lesson that included real-world applications. Everyone thinks that designing is the most important part, but there is so much more that goes with it. As much as I disliked it at the time, being able to work in groups or as part of a team is a valuable skill that I use often to get projects completed in my current job. Also, giving presentations gave me the confidence to be able to do my own marketing, conduct sales pitches and be a brand ambassador for my business.” Read more of Miah Mills' story.

Jeremiah "Miah" Mills (Gradate 2011, Fashion Business Industry); Owner, Blanc de Noir 

Elaine Zhang, Graduate, Fashion Business Industry, Titika Active Couture

“After conducting extensive research, I felt that the program at George Brown offered the most practical knowledge that could be applied to my goals of starting a business. Draping classes taught me more practical ways to design clothing – three dimensions as opposed to concept art. It also taught me how to design clothing for active use. The professors helped me out with many suggestions. They didn’t ridicule any ideas, but rather helped me build upon them.” Read more of Eileen Zhang's story.

Eileen Zhang (Graduate 2008, Fashion Business Industry); Owner, Titika Active Couture

"George Brown College has given me knowledge and skills, and most importantly, confidence and courage to achieve higher goals. I am very proud of being a George Brown graduate. Studying and working in a foreign country has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life."

Minling Pan (Graduate 2007, Fashion); Director, Min Fashion Ltd.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Fashion Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840


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.

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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.

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