Sustainable Fashion Production (Postgraduate Certificate) Program (F415)

55834585728
PROGRAM
Sustainable Fashion Production
CODE
F415
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
This Sustainable Fashion Production graduate certificate program in Toronto prepares graduates to apply sustainability to the pre-production and manufacturing process for apparel. Pre-production analysis, selection of appropriate techniques and technology, flow and efficiency, human resource ethics, environmental concerns, and quality and costing are assessed and applied for the sustainable production of small batch apparel products in an apparel manufacturing lab. While the context of this program is apparel, the processes, management tools and knowledge could be applied to product development in other fields.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Four people, students and instructors, looking at material on a drafting board

This Sustainable Fashion Production graduate certificate program in Toronto prepares graduates to manage the manufacturing process of small batch apparel products. Pre-production analysis, selection of appropriate techniques and technology, flow and efficiency, human resource ethics, environmental concerns, and quality and costing are assessed and applied for sustainable production of small batch apparel products in an apparel manufacturing lab.

Students will examine manufacturing methods including lean, machinery, material requirements and production flow, and observe first hand the development and manufacture of apparel products. Management of production will be experienced through the development of costing, capacity, process mapping, work measurement, value stream mapping and other planning tools.

The graduate will learn to conduct an analysis of environmental impact and ethical treatment of production workers to discern optimum sustainable product development and manufacturing decisions. Students will use industry technology, such as product lifecycle management tools, to track apparel products through product development and manufacturing stages. While the context of this program is apparel, the processes, management tools and knowledge could be applied to product design in other fields.

Part Time Study Options  

Continuing Education courses and certificates are offered by George Brown College Continuing Education. These courses are not equivalent to full-time post-secondary study. Visit coned.georgebrown.ca for details.

Field Education 

Students complete a Field Education preparation course in semester 2 and will be required to connect with an industry employer where they must complete 160 hours of field education in semester three.

Your Field Education Options 

Students complete a Field Education preparation course in semester 2 and will be required to connect with an industry employer where they must complete 160 hours of field education in semester three.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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
Course Code Course Name
FAMP1001 Apparel Manufacturing
FAMP1015 Apparel Preproduction Management
FAMP1004 Issues in Sustainability
FAMP1006 Operations Management in Apparel Production
FAMP1008 Financial Sustainability for Apparel Production
FAMP1025 Design and Product Development Technology

SEMESTER 2

semester 2 courses
Course Code Course Name
FAMP2014 Environmental Sustainability for Product Development
FAMP2010 Production Management Studio
FAMP2034 Lean Apparel Production
FAMP2044 Apparel Production Floor
FAMP2020 Quality and Costing
FAMP2025 Field Education Preparation

SEMESTER 3

semester 3 courses
Course Code Course Name
FAMP2024 Human Resources Management in Apparel Production
FAMP2026 Field Education Placement

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The apparel industry is experiencing disruption from many directions. Concern over the environmental impact of textile and apparel production, waste, water pollution and the carbon footprint of products contributes to sourcing more eco-friendly fibres, reduction of transportation in the supply chain, reduction of harmful chemicals, and other strategies for improving sustainability measures. Concern over working conditions, living wages and questionable treatment of workers in third world countries has led to greater interest in reshoring production or more carefully selecting international partners. New technologies are also disruptive, and can lead to greater efficiency, less waste and fewer errors, yet are expensive to implement and need to be properly utilized to provide intended return on investment.

Many of these disruptions are contributing to the expansion of apparel production in the Canadian market. Canadian companies have started to reshore production to produce their products locally to retain control over quality and lead time, and to ensure they are meeting consumer sustainability criteria.

Sustainable Production Managers will be trained to work with companies who produce goods in local apparel production plants. They can also work with companies who outsource production overseas, as greater scrutiny of the process is needed to ensure environmental, social and other compliance requirements are met.

apparel manufacturing processcommercial sewing

Your Career 

Sustainable Fashion Production graduates will be able to apply their skills to a growing number of positions requiring expertise in apparel production process and quality control.

Two workers standing in front of machinery

Career Options 

Depending on previous academic and work experience, graduates may pursue career opportunities in the industry such as:

  • Production Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Pre-Production Coordinator
  • Factory Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Manufacturing Production Manager
  • Apparel Production Supervisor
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Sustainability Auditor
  • Technical Development Director

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$6,592.00 *

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Bachelor's Degree or Diploma in the fields of Fashion, Business or Engineering with a minimum program GPA of 2.7

OR

  • Applicants with degrees or diplomas from other fields, with a minimum program GPA of 2.7, may apply with a resume and will be considered with at least 2 years' previous work experience in the apparel field (resume required)

Please note:
Applicants without a fashion background will be required to FASH 1082 (World of Fashion) in Semester 1 . If this is a requirement, you will be advised of this in your offer of admission.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts where English language 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 (Visa) 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 416-415-2000 (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.

People Who Viewed This Program Also Viewed:

    What To Do Next?