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.


Program name
Fashion Business Industry
Experiential learning
Students with a minimum 2.7 GPA may apply for Field Education elective in second year.
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

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

Full 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

Experiential Learning

Students with a minimum 2.7 GPA may apply for Field Education elective in second year.

Your Field Study options

Students with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher may apply to take the Field Education elective in second year.

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.

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Required Courses


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


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1031Fabric Analysis
FASH1128Apparel Construction Techniques I
FASH2003Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004Apparel Marketing
FASH1036Basic Accounting Principles
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1143Apparel Construction Technique
FASH1142Apparel Drafting Techniques
FASH2008Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2069Business Planning for the Entrepreneur
FASH2070Logistics and Costing for Fashion Industries
QC1003Quality Assurance and Applications
COMP1174Adobe Illustrator


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH2080Retail Operations
FASH2071Financial Management for the Entrepreneur
FASH2072Business Ethics
GHUM1021History of Costume
GNEDGeneral Education Elective
FASHProgram 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
CodeCourse Name
FASH1252Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1084Fashion Advertising and Promotion
FASH2048Textile Laboratory
FASH2054Portfolio Development
FASH2076Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077Textile Surface Design
FASH2078Knitwear Product Development
FASH1089Social Media for Fashion Marketing
GHUM1049Design and Colour
FASH1154Field Education

The Industry

The majority of fashion businesses are small to medium-sized enterprises. The apparel industry is a major employment sector in Canada.

fashion show

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:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Customer Service Associate
  • Store Manager
  • Sales Agent
  • Sales Analyst
  • Pre-production Co-ordinator
  • Logistics
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Merchandise Co-ordinator
  • Quality control
  • Production Planner
  • Operations Manager

Some of our past graduates have gone on to establish their own successful businesses. Business opportunities include: small manufacturing facility, fashion contracting firm, retail operation, wholesaler, sales agent, specialty boutique and third-party logistics providers.

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 (F412) and Sustainable Fashion Production (F415).

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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$4,455.00 *

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 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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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 and watch a video on her success.

Eileen Zhang (Graduate 2008, Fashion Business Industry)

Owner, Titika Active Couture

Minling Pan

"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.

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