Apparel Technical Design (Postgraduate Certificate) Program (F414)

PROGRAM
Apparel Technical Design
CODE
F414
SCHOOL
School of Fashion Studies
LOCATION
Fashion Exchange, 63 Regent Park Blvd.
DURATION
1 year (3 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Apparel Technical Designers are the link between design and production as they transform a sketch into the full technical package required for manufacturing a product in quantity. This George Brown College graduate certificate program prepares graduates with apparel technical design skills for positions in the apparel industry. Graduates of the Apparel Technical Design program in Toronto will have the skills to conduct market analysis and trend research to design and complete a collection using computer-aided drafting technology and product lifecycle management technology. Quality and costing analysis will inform design choices as the full product specification package is completed and as collection projects are manufactured in an apparel manufacturing lab facility using appropriate and efficient manufacturing techniques.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Apparel Technical Designers are the link between design and production as they transform a sketch into a full technical package ready for manufacturing a product in quantity. This one-year Apparel Technical Design graduate certificate program in Toronto prepares fashion designers with apparel technical design skills for positions in the apparel industry.

Graduates will have the skills to conduct market analysis and trend research to design and complete a collection using computer-aided drafting technology and product lifecycle management technology. Quality and costing analysis will inform design choices as the full product specification package is completed and as collection projects are manufactured in an apparel manufacturing lab facility using appropriate and efficient manufacturing techniques. 

Designers with solid patternmaking, grading, textile, illustration and construction skills will advance their knowledge to manage the complexity of writing detailed technical specifications, refining garment fit and sourcing components in pre-production, to achieve production-ready samples and technical packages. Graduates will attain the expertise required to anticipate and solve manufacturing issues, be able to maximize quality and minimize cost, consider sustainable options and be more prepared to launch future collections through experiencing the full cycle of designing and manufacturing a collection.

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Field Education 

Field education is embedded in the program. Students will complete a 160-hour field education placement with industry in semester three.

Your Field Education Options 

Field education is embedded in the program. Students will complete a 160-hour field education placement with an industry employer in semester three.

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 1 courses
Code Course Name
FAMP1001 Apparel Manufacturing
FAMP1005 Garment Fit and Pattern Adjustment
FAMP1010 Pattern Drafting Software
FAMP1015 Apparel Preproduction Management
FAMP1020 Collection Technical Development
FAMP1025 Design and Product Development Technology

SEMESTER 2

semester 2 courses
Code Course Name
FAMP2001 Pattern Drafting Software 2
FAMP2005 Product Development Process Lab
FAMP2010 Production Management Studio
FAMP2015 Apparel Design and Finishing
FAMP2020 Quality and Costing

SEMESTER 3

semester 3 courses
Code Course Name
FASH1248 Field Education Placement 

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The Canadian apparel industry is a major economic sector that is largely concentrated in urban centres like Toronto. The industry is comprised of manufacturers, vertically integrated retailers who develop their own product, private label, contractors, design labels, logistics, wholesale distributors and retailers. Canadian brands have found success in many specialty product categories, such as workwear, athletic gear, bridal, outerwear and knitwear. 

While women's wear is the largest segment of the industry, men's wear is the fastest growing segment. Current Canadian industry trends are influenced by global shifts such as changes in trade agreements, reshoring manufacturing to North America, adoption of technology, fast fashion versus local and artisanal, concern for environmental and social sustainability, mass customization and development of a skilled workforce to remain competitive.

Whether companies manufacture offshore or locally, they require the services of a Technical Designer to translate designs to products that can be manufactured. The development of clear, accurate and complete technical packages is critical in order to communicate product characteristics to factories that often operate in other languages and to ensure expectations of quality are met. As production shifts back to Canada, the Technical Designer role provides an opportunity to improve lead time to market, reduce errors and therefore cost, evaluate and correct, and maintain greater control over product development.

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Your Career 

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Technical Designers work with fashion design teams and manufacturing staff to develop and monitor technical standards and specifications for garments. This process includes finalizing production-ready patterns, solving fit issues, size grading, sourcing and build of materials list completion, construction details and sequence, setting quality standards, and communication of the technical details and changes through the entire production process.

Technical designers in smaller companies may be required to be conversant across all parts of the process, whereas in larger companies they may be specialists in one aspect.

Technical design is required for all categories of apparel production, regardless of where the product is manufactured. As companies strive to compete globally, they require Technical Designers who are able to utilize technology and manufacturing knowledge for precise, accurate, complete and timely communication of product details to ensure speed to market, quality standards and management of cost.

Career Options 

Graduates of this program may choose to pursue job opportunities such as: Technical Designer, Fit and Spec Technician, Designer, Apparel Quality Control Technician, Garment Technician, Tech Pack Coordinator, Computerized Pattern Maker/Fit Specialist, Fashion Technical Designer, Technical Coordinator and Product Development Manager.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$7538.00 ‡

Additional Cost 

‡Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees. Ancillary fees are subject to change.

Additional costs are textbooks and fabric and notions required for projects that exceed the base fabric budget included in material fees.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design with a minimum program GPA of 2.7

English Proficiency

Applicants with International transcripts where English proficiency results are not supplied must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details. 

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.

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 415-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

Situated in the heart of downtown Toronto at 63 Regent Park Blvd., Fashion Exchange (FX) is a satellite location of the School of Fashion Studies. FX is more than a learning lab; it's also a production facility readily accessible to local designers and fashion producers. It is located on a pedestrian-friendly street that has become the cultural heart of the community. At Fashion Exchange, you will be immersed in day-to-day apparel manufacturing operations and have the opportunity to network with industry members.

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.