Fashion Techniques and Design Program (F113)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Fashion Techniques and Design
  • Code: F113
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,199.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:

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

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

The Fashion Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry's standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of technical illustration, pattern making, pattern grading and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show production, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's wear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs.

Full Description

The Fashion Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry's standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of technical illustration, pattern making, pattern grading, and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show development, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's pattern drafting, leather apparel, knitwear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs. This program covers introductory methods to more advanced concepts in the second year.

An annual fashion show and portfolio event highlight successful student projects. Students have the opportunity to network with industry, participate in numerous competitions, work on applied research projects, volunteer and attend industry events.

Note: This program requires extensive sewing; manual dexterity and good vision are assets. Both sewing experience and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

At the School of Fashion and Jewellery, the learning environment is as diverse as our students and there are many extracurricular activities to take advantage of.

Program Requirements

The Fashion Techniques & Design program requires students to have access to a personal laptop or desktop computer.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Draft and grade flat patterns for mass garment production.
  2. Select and use production methods and techniques that best suit the fabric, pattern and design of the garments.
  3. Select garment materials that are compatible with the overall apparel design and meet the user's needs.
  4. Operate industrial sewing, pressing, grading and other technical equipment safely to professional standards.
  5. Apply technical and computing skills to fashion design and production.
  6. Research and analyze factors, trends, stylistic features and art principles that influence current fashions.
  7. Prepare visual and portfolio materials, product specifications, and cost analysis for a product, project and/or market.
  8. Design, prototype and produce original patterns and garments using mass production industrial methods and equipment.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
FASH1033 Technical Illustration
FASH1082 World of Fashion
FASH1107 Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1115 Fundamental Pattern Drafting
FASH1117 Construction I – Theory and Practice
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
FASH1031 Fabric Analysis
FASH1061 Torso Drafting
FASH1122 Construction II – Theory and Practice
FASH1153 Technical Specifications and Development
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
FASH2038 Advanced Torso Drafting
FASH2056 Construction III – Theory and Practice
FASH2064 Pattern Grading and Marker Making
COMP1174 Adobe Illustrator
FASH Program Elective (choose one)*
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
FASH2046 Construction IV – Theory and Practice
FASH2051 Advanced Drafting
GHUM1021 History of Costume
FASH Program Elective (choose one)*
GNED General Education Elective

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
FASH2082 Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1252 Fashion Business Communication
FASH1002 P.D.S. (Pattern Drafting System)
FASH1008 Visual Merchandising
FASH1084 Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089 Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH1125 Lingerie
FASH1132 Block Making
FASH1134 Collection Development
FASH1135 Independent Study
FASH2050 Draping
FASH2053 Men's Pattern Drafting
FASH2054 Portfolio Development
FASH2065 Bridal and Evening Wear
FASH2076 Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2078 Knitwear Product Development
FASH2077 Surface Textile Design
FASH2081 Introduction to Apparel Fit
FASH1090 Independent Study – Field Education
FASH1229 Costume Production for Film and Theatre

Articulation Agreement

Graduates may also be eligible for further study in other academic institutions.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

This program is ideal for individuals with a love of fashion and a desire to be involved in the industry at various stages of creating a fashion line, from initial design concept to final product.

Graduates typically become members of a team in roles that might include:

  • Pattern drafting or construction
  • Drafting and construction specifications
  • Product development

Graduates have had successful careers as:

  • Assistant Designers
  • Technical Designers
  • Patternmakers
  • Samplemakers
  • Assistant Apparel Technicians
  • Graders
  • Marker Makers
  • Technical Illustrators
  • Product Developers
  • Stylists
  • Design, Trend and Style consultants
  • Bloggers

Workplaces range from small design studios to large manufacturing companies. In the last 40 years, graduates have also developed into entrepreneurs in design, sewing and fashion service bureaus.

Future Study Options

Graduates of this program with a minimum program GPA of 2.7 are eligible for admission to George Brown postgraduate programs, including Apparel Technical Design (F414) 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 into fashion programs at other post-secondary institutions.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$4,199.00 * +

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)

This program requires extensive sewing and drafting. It is strongly recommended that applicants have sewing experience. Students who enter the program with intermediate experience in working with commercial patterns and construction of garments have a better chance to succeed with program demands. Both sewing ability and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

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 the Transfer Guide for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Student Success

Student Name
Holden Vetro

"I entered George Brown College without any fashion design experience. The technical curriculum left me finishing each day with a new skill at my disposal. Alongside guest lectures, competitions and paid work experiences granted through the school, my George Brown education helped take me all the way to Belgium to continue my studies at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (although this decision was almost swayed by an amazing job offer in Toronto)! I can't express enough my gratitude for having learned so much in just two years."

Student Name
Gargi Ghugare

"The George Brown grad show was pretty much the first time I saw something that had gone from my concept to actually walking down a runway. It was a huge moment for me. Going from not knowing how to use a sewing machine to coming up with a 15-piece collection right out of school that showed in Vancouver Fashion Week is all credit to my alma mater." Read more of Gargi Ghugare's story.

Student Name
Joao Guedes

"My advice to students is to take as many opportunities as you can. Apply for events, awards and shows. I was able to be in the Global Edge program and go to India, but was also shortlisted as one of five new menswear designers to showcase at the first Toronto Men's Fashion Week. I actually won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award that year! That wouldn't have happened if I didn't apply for the opportunity in the first place." Read more of Joao Guedes' story.

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.

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.

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.

Fashion Techniques and Design Program (F113)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Fashion Techniques and Design
  • Code: F113
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,621.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:
    Students with a minimum 2.7 GPA may apply for a Field Education elective in second year.

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

The Fashion Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry's standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of technical illustration, pattern making, pattern grading and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show production, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's wear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs.

Full Description

The Fashion Techniques and Design program prepares graduates for careers in garment manufacturing design rooms. This is a women's wear program that simulates, as closely as possible, the industry's standards, practices and facilities. You will use industrial machines and learn the essentials of technical illustration, pattern making, pattern grading and clothing construction. Additional core subjects include textiles, technical specifications and history of costume. Program electives allow you to select specific related subject areas, such as fashion show development, portfolio development, draping, lingerie, men's pattern drafting, leather apparel, knitwear and bridal and evening wear. Computer skills in Adobe Illustrator, pattern drafting and pattern grading are included as core and elective courses and are continually upgraded to meet industry needs. This program covers introductory methods to more advanced concepts in the second year.

An annual fashion show and portfolio event highlights successful student projects. Students have the opportunity to network with industry, participate in numerous competitions, work on applied research projects, volunteer and attend industry events.

Note: This program requires extensive sewing; manual dexterity and good vision are assets. Both sewing experience and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

At the School of Fashion & Jewellery, the learning environment is as diverse as our students and there are many extracurricular activities to take advantage of.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Draft and grade flat patterns for mass garment production.
  2. Select and use production methods and techniques that best suit the fabric, pattern and design of the garments.
  3. Select garment materials that are compatible with the overall apparel design and meet the user's needs.
  4. Operate industrial sewing, pressing, grading and other technical equipment safely to professional standards.
  5. Apply technical and computing skills to fashion design and production.
  6. Research and analyze factors, trends, stylistic features, and art principles that influence current fashions.
  7. Prepare visual and portfolio materials, product specifications, and cost analysis for a product, project and/or market.
  8. Design, prototype and produce original patterns and garments using mass production industrial methods and equipment.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1033Technical Illustration
FASH1082World of Fashion
FASH1107Fabric Science: Textiles
FASH1115Fundamental Pattern Drafting
FASH1117Construction I – Theory and Practice
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH1031Fabric Analysis
FASH1061Torso Drafting
FASH1122Construction II – Theory and Practice
FASH1153Technical Specifications and Development
GHUM1049Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH2038Advanced Torso Drafting
FASH2056Construction III – Theory and Practice
FASH2064Pattern Grading and Marker Making
COMP1174Adobe Illustrator
FASHProgram Elective (choose one)*
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
FASH2046Construction IV – Theory and Practice
FASH2051Advanced Drafting
GHUM1021History of Costume
FASHProgram Elective (choose one)*
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

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
FASH2082Fashion Journalism – An Introduction
FASH1252Fashion Business Communication
FASH1002P.D.S. (Pattern Drafting System)
FASH1008Visual Merchandising
FASH1084Fashion Promotion and Advertising
FASH1089Social Media for Fashion Marketing
FASH1125Lingerie
FASH1132Block Making
FASH1134Collection Development
FASH1135Independent Study
FASH2050Draping
FASH2053Men's Pattern Drafting
FASH2054Portfolio Development
FASH2065Bridal and Evening Wear
FASH2076Fashion Project and Event Planning
FASH2078Knitwear Product Development
FASH2077Surface Textile Design
FASH2081Introduction to Apparel Fit
FASH1090Independent Study – Field Education

Articulation Agreement

Graduates may also be eligible for further study in other academic institutions.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

This program is ideal for individuals with a love of fashion and a desire to be involved in the industry at various stages of creating a fashion line, from initial design concept to final product.

Graduates typically become members of a team in roles that might include:

  • Pattern drafting or construction
  • Drafting and construction specifications
  • Product development

Graduates have had successful careers as:

  • Assistant Designers
  • Patternmakers
  • Samplemakers
  • Assistant Apparel Technician
  • Graders
  • Technical Illustrators

Workplaces range from small design studios to large manufacturing companies. In the last 40 years, graduates have also developed into entrepreneurs in design, sewing and fashion service bureaus.

Educational Pathways

Graduates from this program are eligible for admission to the School of Fashion, F414 Apparel Technical Design or F415 Sustainable Fashion Production post-diploma graduate certificate programs with a minimum program GPA of 2.7.

Graduates may also be eligible for further study in other academic institutions.

Future Study Options

Graduates may be eligible for admission to George Brown postgraduate programs, including Apparel Technical Design (F414) 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 into fashion programs at other post-secondary institutions.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$4,621.00 * +

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.

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)

This program requires extensive sewing and drafting. It is strongly recommended that applicants have sewing experience. Students who enter the program with intermediate experience in working with commercial patterns and construction of garments have a better chance to succeed with program demands. Both sewing ability and access to a sewing machine outside of the campus facilities are expected.

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.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Holden Vetro

"I entered George Brown College without any fashion design experience. The technical curriculum left me finishing each day with a new skill at my disposal. Alongside guest lectures, competitions and paid work experiences granted through the school, my George Brown education helped take me all the way to Belgium to continue my studies at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (although this decision was almost swayed by an amazing job offer in Toronto)! I can't express enough my gratitude for having learned so much in just two years."

Student Name
Gargi Ghugare

"The George Brown grad show was pretty much the first time I saw something that had gone from my concept to actually walking down a runway. It was a huge moment for me. Going from not knowing how to use a sewing machine to coming up with a 15-piece collection right out of school that showed in Vancouver Fashion Week is all credit to my alma mater." Read more of Gargi Ghugare's story.

Student Name
Joao Guedes

"My advice to students is to take as many opportunities as you can. Apply for events, awards and shows. I was able to be in the Global Edge program and go to India, but was also shortlisted as one of five new menswear designers to showcase at the first Toronto Men's Fashion Week. I actually won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award that year! That wouldn't have happened if I didn't apply for the opportunity in the first place." Read more of Joao Guedes' story.

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.

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.