Fashion Management is the only academic program curriculum in Canada endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).

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.

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Overview

Program name
Fashion Management
Code
F102
Location
Experiential learning
Mandatory component with in-class and placement of 280 hours
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Closed
May 2019 N/A

Full 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 exclusively available to members.

The concepts of developing, sourcing and marketing a product from initial idea to retail sale are introduced. You will test and problem-solve 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

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Experiential Learning

Mandatory component with in-class and placement of 280 hours

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify textile materials, assess their suitability and compatibility, and select for end use.
  2. Use basic accounting concepts and financial analysis in order to interpret reports and make business decisions.
  3. Make optimal sourcing decisions based on research and analysis of domestic and global sources.
  4. Use merchandising concepts and retail math to develop merchandise, assortment and buying plans.
  5. Communicate visually by using appropriate tools and practices to create product development packages, sales materials, and merchandising displays.
  6. Apply the principles of logistics and supply chain management to operate a successful fashion business.
  7. Use effective interpersonal and team skills to enhance leadership, management and sales expertise in a fashion business environment.
  8. Evaluate product by applying the principles of quality control to meet appropriate standards.
  9. Explain the organization and operation of the Canadian fashion industry, its role within the global economy, and identify the forces that affect it.
  10. Distinguish the processes and systems used in garment manufacturing to make production decisions.
  11. Apply the product development process by preparing visual materials, technical specifications, and cost analysis for a product(s) aimed at a specific target market.
  12. Develop, communicate, and apply a marketing plan by combining marketing research, strategies and tactics.
  13. Analyze ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability principles to develop best practices in the fashion industry.
  14. Develop professional goals through industry exposure with an emphasis on life-long learning and personal growth.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1008Visual Merchandising
FASH1082World of Fashion
FASH1083Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1036Basic Accounting Principles
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1031Fabrics Analysis
FASH1045Field Placement*
FASH2003Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004Apparel Marketing
COMP1174Adobe Illustrator
GSSC1034Economics
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

*For September start, Field Education is May to August.  For January start, Field Education is July to December.

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1052Apparel Manufacturing
FASH1068Apparel Buying Simulation
FASH2008Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2073Sales Management
FASHProgram Elective (choose one)
GNEDGeneral Education Elective
BUS1008Business Lab – College Creations
 or
FASH1139Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1066Apparel Sourcing
FASH2007Product Development and Costing
MGMT2009Fundamentals of Management
QC1003Quality Assurance and Applications
FASHProgram Elective (choose one)†
GNEDGeneral Education Elective
BUS1008Business Lab – College Creations
 or
FASH1139Fundamentals 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
CodeCourse Name
FASH1252Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1054Portfolio Development
FASH1084Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH2048Textile Laboratory
FASH2076Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077Textile Surface Design
FASH2078Knitwear Product Development
GHUM1049Design and Colour

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 such as:

  • Product Developer/Coordinator
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Planner
  • Production Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Costing Analyst
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Merchandiser
  • Store Manager
  • Retail Planning and Allocation
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Logistics/Distribution Manager
fashion illustration

Future Study Options

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

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.

 

Tuition

$4,353.00 *

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.

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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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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Success Stories

Nicholas Scerba

"George Brown College is an exceptional post-secondary institution, not only for its credentials in the Applied Arts and Technology fields, but for its ability to create a flourishing student driven community that evokes true passion and a desire to learn more about each field of study offered. As a recent graduate of the Fashion Management program, I owe my new found success as an industry professional to the interactive hands-on learning techniques, the courses offered that encompass every direction within the fashion industry, and the ability to connect with such a knowledgeable faculty, who provide a sense of professionalism, thorough understanding of course content, and the desire for each and every student who walks through those doors to succeed."

Nicholas Scerba (Graduate 2018, Fashion Management); Visual Merchandiser, RYU Apparel Inc.

Brian Nguyen F102

"I thank George Brown Fashion Management program for equipping me with the tools and knowledge that propelled me into the professional world of fashion. I see my time at George Brown as invaluable. It's clear that student success is a priority here. The faculty took special care to lay down the foundation and workings of the industry but also thoroughly explained the nuances unique to our ever-changing fashion world."

Brian Nguyen (Graduate 2011, Fashion Management, National Sales Manager, Outland Denim, Caulfield Apparel Group

Jenna Koo Fashion Management Graduate George Brown College

"The program really helped me learn various aspects of the fashion industry which helped give insight on the types of jobs out there. Going through this program was more than just a foot in the door, since the profs have a ton of industry experience, and all staff are very supportive and will work with you to connect you to your next best opportunity."

Jeena Koo (Graduate 2015, Fashion Management); Buyer, YM Inc.

Mercede Robertson

"The Fashion Management program allowed me to explore opportunities that differed from many of the other fashion programs I looked at prior to choosing George Brown. The internship requirement of the course pushed me to improve my resume, networking ability, and work ethic. Hands-on, practical learning experience through scholarships, internships and student-run stores all helped in sending us graduates off with the confidence, skill and the right attitude to enter the working world. I pursued an internship with a small, independent boutique which is owned by another Fashion Management graduate and have worked my way up within the company since graduating. From intern to Store Manager to Assistant Buyer, I don't believe I would have achieved that growth without having the strong foundation of industry knowledge that I learned in the classroom."

Mercede Robertson (Graduate 2017, Fashion Management); Store Manager, ZANE

Lakshmy Subramoniam

"I am extremely thankful to the Fashion Management faculty at George Brown College that has and continues to support me on my journey. George Brown knows how to pick great teachers!"

Lakshmy Subramoniam (Graduate 2017, Fashion Management); Co-Founder, Tejo

Isaac Pearsall

"George Brown College's Fashion Management program provided me with the industry-related knowledge, resources, and networking opportunities necessary to excel in the workplace."

Isaac Pearsall (Graduate 2015, Fashion Management); Customer Service Guru, Shopify

Contact Us

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionstudies@georgebrown.ca

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