Fashion Management Program (F102)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Fashion Management
  • Code: F102
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Fashion & Jewellery
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,146.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:

    Mandatory field education with in-class component and field experience of 280 hours.

  • Fall 2021 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Online; Semester 3: Hybrid
  • Winter 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Hybrid; Semester 2, 4: Online

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Overview

Leadership Claims

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

Program Overview

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.

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 has shifted to product development, niche markets, and omni-channel retail.

The Fashion Management program is the only academic program curriculum in Canada identified by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) as an affiliate school. 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. The Field Experience 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. January intake students will complete semester two from May to August, and continue into semester three in September of the same academic year.

The School of Fashion offers a diverse, hands-on learning environment, including many extracurricular activities for students.

Program Requirements

This program requires students to have access to a personal laptop or desktop computer, and reliable internet access for synchronous classes.

Program 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.

Fashion Management Information Session

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1083 Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1036 Basic Accounting Principles
STS1044 Strategies for Student Success
COMM1007 College English**

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabric Analysis
FASH1045 Field Education Experience*
FASH2003 Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004 Apparel Marketing
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
FASH1145 Retail Excellence
GNED General Education Elective

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

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
FASH1052 Apparel Manufacturing
FASH1068 Apparel Buying Simulation
FASH2008 Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2073 Sales Management
FASH Program Elective (choose one)
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
FASH1066 Apparel Sourcing
FASH2007 Product Development and Costing
MGMT2009 Fundamentals of Management
QC1003 Quality Assurance and Applications
FASH Program Elective (choose one)†
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills)*** or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL)*** before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003*** does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit Assessment Centre for more information.

***COMM1003/CESL1003 courses will be replaced by COMM1000 Introduction to College Communication starting with Winter 2022 intake.

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:

Code Course Name
FASH1252 Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1054 Portfolio Development
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH2048 Textile Laboratory
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077 Textile Surface Design
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
FASH1229 Costume Production for Film and Theatre
FASH1159 Design and Colour

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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

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 endorsed by the AAFA.

For further information, see Transfer Guide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,146.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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. 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 Transfer Guide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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)​.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Chul (Han) Sunwoo, 2021 Graduate

"As someone with a science background, I can proudly say the Fashion Management program at George Brown College guided me to a more exciting career path and helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses. The professors and coordinators were passionate from the beginning to the end, and because of their guidance, I was able to test and explore my creativity without fear.

Despite COVID, I was fortunate to land an internship at a creative agency that allowed me to experience multiple tasks with local artists and designers — and because of this connection I was able to work with them once more for a capstone project."

Allison Romano, 2021 Graduate

"Going into the Fashion Management Program at George Brown College was the best decision I made for myself and my career. The faculty are committed to teaching the material in a fun and engaging way and it is clear that they really want to see you succeed. Not only do the classes and curriculum prepare you for a career in fashion, but the program also provides a wonderful opportunity to network with alumni and industry professionals. The internship term was a particularly important part of my decision to apply to the program as it provides you with real world experiences that can’t be taught in a classroom. I cannot stress enough how much this program sets you up for success. If you are willing to put in the work and give it your all, then you will see results."

Claire Hung, 2021 Graduate

"The Fashion Management program at George Brown College taught me different facets of the fashion industry and allowed me to build my professional portfolio through various projects and hands-on experience. I particularly enjoyed the Case Study which inspired me with creative ideas and innovation. I also appreciated how professors combined course materials with the latest news and trends. In addition, most group projects were well-designed, facilitating my learning process and enhancing my interest in each subject."

Hussain Butt, 2021 Graduate

"It is insanely difficult to pack into one paragraph how much I have learned from being in the GBC Fashion Management program, it is extremely diverse. So instead, I will simply say this, anyone who is willing to put the effort into their success at this school, will find results, no questions asked. You will be challenged and tested, but also supported and cheered on. As someone who has bounced back and forth from university to college, I can tell you that the staff at GBC are doing something that is rare in post-secondary education. The entirety of the staff here is committed to seeing you prosper.  I am confident in saying that by the end of this program you will have a solid foundation about the workings of the fashion industry, and you can home in on what it is you truly want to do with all this knowledge. I can’t thank GBC, my peers and the staff enough for this incredible experience; and to all the future students out there, I hope reading this helps you understand how truly grateful I am to be an alumnus of this college!"

Barbara Nobre , 2020 Graduate

“Being part of this program was essential for my career. I came to Canada to receive training that would lead to a Buying career. The Fashion Management program had a good balance of management and fashion essentials that enhanced my knowledge about the Canadian fashion industry. The Professors and Coordinators consistently supported me by teaching and offering advice and guidance to launch my career in the industry.

The program offers a Field Education program that allows students to start building a professional network. For top students there is an opportunity to compete with schools across North America in a case study. The prize is a trip to New York, networking with the fashion giants and a substantial cash prize. The college also offers career services, a great library, and many opportunities to meet new people and get involved in Fashion shows, industry events and volunteer positions.

I had an amazing time at George Brown College and have since landed an Assistant Buyer position. I could not be happier or prouder to be a George Brown College, Fashion Management alumni.”

Kelsey Nowlan, 2019 Graduate

“At George Brown College, I built up my resume and accomplished things that I never thought were possible. I gained knowledge of the fashion industry and confidence in my abilities thanks to the endless support from faculty. Through the Fashion Management Program, I interned for a fashion designer in Italy, was awarded the YMA FSF Scholarship in New York City, and spoke in front of over 200 people at THREADS, our year-end fashion show and networking event. These experiences not only shaped my career, but who I am as a person. I’m so glad that I chose to attend George Brown College.”

Brenda Grigio, 2019 Graduate

"I loved the hands-on activities, for example being assigned the role of Divisional Merchandise Manager in the student store and organizing THREADS, the end year fashion show. It was a great opportunity to display our knowledge, learn how to effectively work in a team, and learning to become dependable."

Sebrina Bender, 2018 Graduate

"I cannot say enough positive things about the Fashion Management Program. Not only did I learn about the fundamentals of the fashion industry, but I was also able to participate in activities and events that pushed me out of my comfort zone such as: being an intern at Joe Fresh, competing in the YMA FSF Case Study Competition, contributing to the planning and execution of the annual THREADS fashion show, being the general manager of a student run fashion store, participating in networking events, and so much more! In addition, the amazing staff and faculty at the School of Fashion provided endless support, and passionately pushed the students to do their very best. I had some of the most valuable experiences of my life as a student in the Fashion Management Program, and I still use what I learned at George Brown to this day."

Sheena Glen, 2018 Graduate

“George Brown Colleges, Fashion Management Program provides students with a magnitude of employment opportunities within the fashion industry. Throughout this program, I was able to gain a diverse knowledge base in textiles, manufacturing processes and supply chains. However, this program offered much more than that. 

A team environment allowed for positive relationships with my peers, awards and scholarships such as the Fashion Scholarship Fund, which allowed me to further my opportunities, and an incredible faculty that create a warm and welcoming atmosphere when trying to help students achieve their goals. The Fashion Management Program is the best choice to enter the industry and expand your knowledge in a meaningful way.”

Nicholas Scerba, 2018 Graduate

"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."

Mercede Robertson, 2017 Graduate

"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."

Lakshmy Subramoniam, 2017 Graduate

"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!"

Jeena Koo, 2015 Graduate

"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."

Isaac Pearsall, 2015 Graduate

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

Brian Nguyen, 2011 Graduate

"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."

Minling Pan, 2007 Graduate

"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."

Contact Us

School of Fashion and Jewellery

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionandjewellery@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Fashion and Jewellery and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

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Fashion Management Program (F102)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Fashion Management
  • Code: F102
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Fashion & Jewellery
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,189.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:

    Mandatory field education with in-class component and field experience of 280 hours.

  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

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Overview

Leadership Claims

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

Program Overview

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.

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 has shifted to product development, niche markets and omni-channel retail.

The Fashion Management program is the only academic program curriculum in Canada identified by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) as an affiliate school. 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. The Field Experience 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. January intake students will complete semester two from May to August, and continue into semester three in September of the same academic year.

The School of Fashion offers a diverse, hands-on learning environment, including many extracurricular activities for students.

Program 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.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1083 Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1036 Basic Accounting Principles
STS1044 Strategies for Student Success
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabric Analysis
FASH1045 Field Education Experience*
FASH2003 Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004 Apparel Marketing
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
GSSC1034 Economics
GNED General Education Elective

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

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1052 Apparel Manufacturing
FASH1068 Apparel Buying Simulation
FASH2008 Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2073 Sales Management
FASH Program Elective (choose one)
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1066 Apparel Sourcing
FASH2007 Product Development and Costing
MGMT2009 Fundamentals of Management
QC1003 Quality Assurance and Applications
FASH Program Elective (choose one)†
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

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
Code Course Name
FASH1252 Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1054 Portfolio Development
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH2048 Textile Laboratory
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077 Textile Surface Design
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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

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 endorsed by the AAFA.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,189.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

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

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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. 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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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)​.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Nicholas Scerba, 2018 Graduate

"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."

Brian Nguyen, 2011 Graduate

"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."

Jeena Koo, 2015 Graduate

"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."

Mercede Robertson, 2017 Graduate

"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."

Lakshmy Subramoniam, 2017 Graduate

"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!"

Isaac Pearsall, 2015 Graduate

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

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School of Fashion and Jewellery

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionandjewellery@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Fashion and Jewellery and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

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Fashion Management Program (F102)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Fashion Management
  • Code: F102
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Fashion & Jewellery
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,475.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:

    Mandatory field education with in-class component and field experience of 280 hours.

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Overview

Leadership Claims

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

Program Overview

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.

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 has 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. The Field Experience 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. January intake students will complete semester two from May to August, and continue into semester three in September of the same academic year.

The School of Fashion & Jewellery offers a diverse, hands-on learning environment, including many extracurricular activities for students. Check out the video below.

Program 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.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1083 Introduction to Sewing and Drafting
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1036 Basic Accounting Principles
STS1044 Strategies for Student Success
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabric Analysis
FASH1045 Field Education Experience*
FASH2003 Fashion Merchandising and Buying
FASH2004 Apparel Marketing
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
GSSC1034 Economics
GNED General Education Elective

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

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1052 Apparel Manufacturing
FASH1068 Apparel Buying Simulation
FASH2008 Apparel Marketing – Advanced
FASH2073 Sales Management
FASH Program Elective (choose one)
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
  or
FASH1139 Fundamentals of Logistics: Supply Chain Management

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
FASH1066 Apparel Sourcing
FASH2007 Product Development and Costing
MGMT2009 Fundamentals of Management
QC1003 Quality Assurance and Applications
FASH Program Elective (choose one)†
GNED General Education Elective
BUS1008 Business Lab – College Creations
  or
FASH1139 Fundamentals 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
Code Course Name
FASH1252 Fashion Business Communication
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1054 Portfolio Development
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH2048 Textile Laboratory
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2077 Textile Surface Design
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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

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 further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,475.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

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

International Students

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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. 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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

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)​.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Nicholas Scerba, 2018 Graduate

"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."

Brian Nguyen, 2011 Graduate

"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."

Jeena Koo, 2015 Graduate

"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."

Mercede Robertson, 2017 Graduate

"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."

Lakshmy Subramoniam, 2017 Graduate

"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!"

Isaac Pearsall, 2015 Graduate

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

Contact Us

School of Fashion & Jewellery

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionandjewellery@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.

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Fashion & Jewellery and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.