• Overview - 2016/2017

    The fast-paced, rapidly changing world of fashion needs people to produce innovative and forward thinking designs. If you are interested in a career that rewards your passion for developing and creating a cutting-edge product, the Fashion Design program will help design your future.

    Fanshawe’s program provides a supportive and nurturing environment for you and other emerging Canadian fashion designers. As a student, you’ll develop creative designs, visual communication and business marketing skills, as well as apparel production technologies. As well, you’ll have the opportunity to learn practical skills like fashion illustration, computer aided design, pattern-making and draping, and garment construction. 

    In addition to learning these valuable techniques in class, you’ll have the opportunity to apply them through a combination of lab work, field trips, and work term experience. As part of these experiential learning requirements, you’ll also receive advice from faculty and other professionals in the Portfolio and Career Development course. By the time you’ve finished your degree, you can be on the job and ready to work.

    With an focus on a balance of artistic, theoretical, and practical training, the Fashion Design program can give you a head start in the career you’re looking for.

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    Program Coordinator:

    Leigh-Ann Waller
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4326
    Email: lwaller@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2016/2017

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    - Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics* (C), (U), or (M)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

    • *Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) preferred.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of  550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years 
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 12 Drama (M)
    • Grade 11 Understanding Fashion (C) AND/OR Grade 12 The World of Fashion (M) 
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
    • Keyboarding Skills
    • Architectural Drafting Skills

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students are encouraged to develop strong fashion drawing and sketching qualities using various techniques
    • A strong sewing background is very important
    • A personal interest in global fashion awareness in industry, textiles and computer

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Fashion Design-2016/2017

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1036Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design3
    DRAF-1057Pattern Making 13
    ARTS-1024Fashion Drawing and Theory2
    DESG-1062Sample Room Production 13
    FASH-1003Design Studio 12
    FASH-1005Fashion Industry Analysis2

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - See requirement below
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMP-1353Computerized Fashion Illustration 13
    FASH-1001Textile Science 12
    DRAF-1058Pattern Making 23
    FASH-1009Design Studio 22
    DESG-1063Sample Room Production 23
    COMM-3074Communications for Design3
    COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
    FASH-1041Technical Drawings & Specifications2.5

    Level 3Credits
    Gen Ed - See requirement below
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMP-1386Computerized Fashion Illustr. & Spec.3
    DESG-3038Sample Room Production 32
    COMP-3005Computers for Apparel Manufacturing 13
    DRAF-3027Pattern Making 33
    FASH-3013Design Studio 34
    FASH-1007Textile Science 22
    HIST-1027Style Influences & Attitudes 13

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    BUSI-1078The Business of Fashion4
    DESG-3039Sample Room Production 42
    COMP-3011Comp for Apparel Manuf 23
    FASH-3021Design Studio 43
    DRAF-3028Pattern Making 43
    HIST-3014Style Influences & Attitudes 23

    Level 5Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    BUSI-3034Global Apparel Sourcing & Mass Product3
    DESG-5020Sample Room Production 52
    COMP-5003Computers for Apparel Manufacturing 33
    FASH-5011Design Studio 53
    DRAF-5014Pattern Making 53
    METH-5009Industrial Pattern Grading2
    COMP-3097Portfolio & Career Development3

    Level 6Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    DESG-5021Sample Room Production 65
    FASH-5013Line Development8
    FASH-5012Fashion Show Production5

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2 or 3 and Level 4

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 30 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

    ARTS-1024 -  Fashion Drawing and Theory
    This course introduces the student to the fundamental skills of fashion drawing for the fashion designer. These include the use of line, space shape, texture and colour. Further studies include the application of proportions, balance and movement to the fashion figure. Students will be introduced to a variety of medium to encourage their drawing skills. The students will become acquainted with the use of a designer croquis as a fashion drawing tool. Students will complete final fashion composition presented and mounted in a professional manner.

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    BUSI-1078 -  The Business of Fashion
    This course is intended to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in the development of all aspects of the development and marketing of a new product and business. Focus will be in three areas; aspects of a successful product launch, accurate product costing and the development of a summary business plan.

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    BUSI-3034 -  Global Apparel Sourcing & Mass Product
    This course introduces apparel sourcing in the domestic and import/international markets, including sourcing for both manufacturing and raw materials. Students acquire an understanding of importing, exporting, tariffs, quotas, and government regulations in the context of fashion apparel. Through case studies students will complete a garment sourcing simulation.

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    COMM-3074 -  Communications for Design
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of art and design, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

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    COMP-1353 -  Computerized Fashion Illustration 1
    This course provides the student with an opportunity to build upon, and advance fashion illustration skills developed in ARTS1024. The course will introduce and educate the student to computer fashion illustration techniques utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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    COMP-1386 -  Computerized Fashion Illustr. & Spec.
    This course provides the student with an opportunity to build upon, and advance computer illustration skills, and digital communication developed in COMP1353. Advanced Photoshop and Illustrator methods will be introduced with a focus on skills needed in the fashion industry. Students will further practice computerized technical drawing and advancement of communication skills by developing various presentation boards and personal branding packages.

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    COMP-3005 -  Computers for Apparel Manufacturing 1
    Students will learn the introductory level of computers used in the apparel industry, specifically the Gerber Garment Technology program, Accumark/PDS Software. Students will create storage areas and parameter tables, digitize patterns, create models and orders, modify patterns and make cost-effective production markers.

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    COMP-3011 -  Comp for Apparel Manuf 2
    Students will continue their exploration of Gerber Garment Technology, Accumark Professional Edition -V8 Software and its application in the garment industry. Introduction to PDS Software and its application in creating and modifying patterns. Students will further develop their digitizing skills.

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    COMP-3097 -  Portfolio & Career Development
    This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and background to create a unique and personalized visual fashion portfolio for future employment and to prepare for the interview process. The student will use appropriate sketching techniques, presentation techniques, photography and computer skills to enhance the professionalism of the development process.

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    COMP-5003 -  Computers for Apparel Manufacturing 3
    Students will continue their exploration of Gerber Garment Technology, Accumark Professional Edition -V8 Software and its application in the garment industry. Students will further develop their pattern making skills on the design system software to create new styles from blocks and develop basic blocks. Focus is on eveningwear and outerwear. Students will apply their knowledge of manual grading through practice using Accumark PDS functions.

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    COOP-1020 -  Co-operative Education Employment Prep
    This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

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    DESG-1062 -  Sample Room Production 1
    The focus of this course is to teach the students the theory, processes, and the quality standards behind the construction of the designer's first samples. Students will learn to sew on industrial equipment and produce various samples that will support the production of their Design Studio 1 skirt prototype.

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    DESG-1063 -  Sample Room Production 2
    Sewing techniques specific to Shirts, Dresses and Pants will be taught. Applications based on industry standards will be covered. Each student will produce a Designed Garment using the pattern they created in Pattern Making II.

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    DESG-1079 -  Drape
    This course introduces the student to the process of draping - a three dimensional form of apparel designing and pattern making. Students will learn fundamental draping skills through the development of various skirt and bodice designs.

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    DESG-3038 -  Sample Room Production 3
    This course provides the students with the specialized construction techniques required for a Ready to Wear Jacket and an Outerwear Garment. Students will learn to recognize and apply specific fashion fabrics, lining, interfacing, findings, and pressing equipment to manufacture a Ready to Wear Jacket an Outerwear Garment and other Jacket and Outerwear samples.

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    DESG-3039 -  Sample Room Production 4
    In this semester specialized techniques required for the manufacturing of Active wear garments will be completed. Students will learn to operate specific machines and attachments for the construction of these garments. Each student will produce an Active wear garment using the pattern they created in Pattern Making 4.

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    DESG-5020 -  Sample Room Production 5
    In this course, students will be introduced to the fine sewing skills required in the creation of eveningwear garments. Various Sewing Techniques for seams, hems, closures, and specialty applications will be demonstrated. Students will also learn the specific construction techniques required to complete a boned bodice sample. Students will complete their own eveningwear design.

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    DESG-5021 -  Sample Room Production 6
    Student will research construction techniques appropriate for their target market and collection category which will be reflected in their patterns of their collection and construction techniques used in the collection. Students will analyze their collection materials and construction techniques test collection constructions finishes to ensure their appropriateness for materials selected. Students will plan production in advance of construction of prototypes and time manage their internal deadlines to ensure timely construction of a prototype sample collection in order to achieve external presentation deadlines. Students will consult with faculty on a weekly basis to receive feedback and evaluation collection analysis, prototype pre-sampling, and technical packages as they work towards the successful completion of their final line to be delivered for presentation in week 13.

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    DRAF-1057 -  Pattern Making 1
    In this course, the student is introduced to the fundamental skills of pattern making. Areas of concentration will be skirt and pant pattern development. Students will also learn the role of the master pattern (block) in developing design concepts.

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    DRAF-1058 -  Pattern Making 2
    This course completes the introduction to basic pattern making. Emphasis on these fundamental pattern making skills will be specific to sleeves, cuffs, plackets, collars, pants and dress foundations. Students will draft and fit an original design within a design team.

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    DRAF-3027 -  Pattern Making 3
    In this course flat pattern making skills will be developed for industry production patterns for women's outerwear jackets and coats. Advanced styles of sleeves, collars, pocket and lining applications will be introduced. Each student, working within a design team, will draft and fit an original outerwear design.

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    DRAF-3028 -  Pattern Making 4
    In this course, flat pattern making skills will be developed for women's for active wear applications in both woven and knits. Both stable and spandex-stretchy knits will be studied with specific applications to the categories of swimwear and active wear apparel. Students will draft and fit an original design with both woven and knit components. Students will learn about knocking of a garment to produce patterns.

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    DRAF-5014 -  Pattern Making 5
    Students will study and practice advanced draping & flat pattern techniques that concentrate on innovation, and sustainability. Students will be required to complete an evening wear drape and flat pattern practical exam to demonstrate their understanding of the techniques demonstrated and practiced during in class workshops. Students will also work through advanced pattern making techniques to produce a production pattern for an approved eveningwear prototype sample. Sustainability in fashion pattern making workshops will be photo documented into a digital portfolio to reference with Level 6 pattern development.

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    FASH-1001 -  Textile Science 1
    This course provides a general study of textile materials with an emphasis on factors that affect their handling, appearance, and performance. Through a combination of lecture and lab work, students will learn to appreciate the properties and performance qualities of natural and man-made fibers as they are processed into yarns and fabrics; and the fabric relevance to garment design and function.

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    FASH-1003 -  Design Studio 1
    This course introduces the student to basic elements and principles of design related to current fashion trends. A fashion designers’ sketchbook will be created to document creativity workshops that explore the design process. The sketchbook will assist students in conceptualizing skirt and bodice designs. Students will design, develop, fit and present an original skirt prototype sample for a moderate market level retailer.

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    FASH-1005 -  Fashion Industry Analysis
    This course provides the students with an introduction to the principles in which the fashion world revolves; and the role of economic, sociological and psychological elements in the fashion cycle. The course includes an overview of the fashion industry focusing on design, product development, manufacturing, marketing and retailing. Students will research contemporary fashion designers and examine their roles and influences on current fashion trends.

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    FASH-1007 -  Textile Science 2
    This course provides for more advanced studies in the physical, construction of textile materials. Students learn the methods of creating textiles through weaving, knitting, dyeing, printing and finishing processes in lecture and applied lab workshops. Students study the relationship between textile production processes, selection criteria, cost, end use and customer satisfaction.

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    FASH-1009 -  Design Studio 2
    This course is a continuation of Design Studio 1, reinforcing the application of the elements & principles of design. Students will work in teams to research fashion trends, market categories and conduct design analysis for RTW women's separates. Fashion Designer sketchbooks will be created to conceptualize a collection of women's separates. Students will then individually draft, fit and produce an approved sample prototype from the collection. These designs will be presented for a professional evaluation.

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    FASH-1041 -  Technical Drawings & Specifications
    This course introduces the students to methods of drawing technical illustrations as a tool for communicating the specifications of garments. Students will learn to read and create size specification sheets with technical drawings for various types of garments.

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    FASH-3013 -  Design Studio 3
    In this course students will analysis outerwear garments with respect to design aesthetics, appropriateness for target market, salability and functionality. Research will be conducted into future trends in colour, textiles and styling of women's outerwear apparel for A/W 2016 at the upper moderate market level. Students create an original outerwear collection appropriated for the target customers wants and needs and will visually communicate their design research, process work and line planning for their outerwear collection through the development of a designer sketchbook. Students will create an original design sample of one of their outerwear designs and fit garments on a standard size dress form. Outerwear collection and final completed sample will be presented to a panel using.

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    FASH-3021 -  Design Studio 4
    Studio Design IV focuses on the process of apparel design and product development of an active wear collection. Students will research a specific sport and the functional and technical apparel requirements, future trends, in colours, textiles and styling for both the sport and target customer. Research will be applied to an apparel line in the appropriate choice of construction techniques, textile choice, and aesthetic considerations for SS16 and the target customer. Students will design, draft and fit an original design that co-ordinates within a mini collection. The success of the project will focus on the functional apparel requirements of the design to facilitate the active wear activity as well as aesthetic design considerations.

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    FASH-5011 -  Design Studio 5
    Students will independently research, design, draft/drape, fit and produce an original eveningwear prototype sample with presentation boards for A/W 2016 designer level market retailer. In addition, the students will document design research & creative planning for a S/S 2017 RTW women's sample line, through the development of a fashion designer's sketchbook in preparation for Level 6 Final Line production. Emphasis is placed on analysis of research & innovation in 3-D approaches to the research.

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    FASH-5012 -  Fashion Show Production
    The main objective of the course is to challenge students to coordinate a professional quality show resulting in the promotion of the 3rd year fashion design portfolio collections. The students are guided through methods of production planning and apply practical decision making skills when considering the type of audience, show, venue, theme, budget, promotion & publicity, music & run-way design. The students are challenged to coordinate materials, equipment and personnel as they work together to produce the year end show. Team management, collaborative planning and creative problem solving are critical skills that are developed during the planning process.

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    FASH-5013 -  Line Development
    Advanced Line Development VI, focuses on the process of apparel design & product development of a Spring/Summer 2016 RTW women's sample line. Students work independently to explore the elements that form a cohesive collection. Through industry research and a reflective design process, focusing on creativity & innovation, students design a graduate portfolio collection. Students apply advanced pattern making and draping skills to the development of the sample line while adhering to an industry driven production calendar and deadlines. Collections are presented to and judged by a panel of industry representatives at the graduate portfolio year end fashion show.

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    HIST-1027 -  Style Influences & Attitudes 1
    This course will provide an interdisciplinary analysis of design, in relation to supporting social, political, economic, technological and cultural climates throughout history. The focus is on the relationship between design history and European/Western costume history and the way in which designers have used clothing as an expression of identity within a socio cultural context.It provides a chronological historical survey of design, beginning with ancient civilizations and ending with the romantic Period 1850.

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    HIST-3014 -  Style Influences & Attitudes 2
    This course, which is a continuation of HIST1027, provides an interdisciplinary analysis of design, in relation to supporting social, political, economic, technological & cultural climates. It provides a chronological historical survey of design, beginning with the Crinoline period and ending with the 1990's, as a means of understanding the evolution and influence of historical period styles on contemporary design production in the 20th century.

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    METH-5009 -  Industrial Pattern Grading
    Students will learn the fundamentals of garment sizing by proportionally increasing and decreasing the master pattern. Students will learn how to create a grade chart complete with grade rules. Students will be introduced to the 2 different types of grading used to grade a standard block: manual, machine methods.

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    WRIT-1036 -  Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design
    This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

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  • Careers - 2016/2017

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates find employment in positions of development production and production in apparel manufacturing including designers, assistant designers, technical designers, computerized fashion illustrators, pattern makers, graders, quality controller technicians, theatrical costume technicians or CAD aided design technologists.  Graduates could also become independent designers or consultants.
  • More Information - 2016/2017

    A Co-operative Education Program
    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: DFS4
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Program Description

    Fashion Design is a three year co-operative Ontario College Advanced Diploma program providing professional career-directed training in the development, production management and marketing of apparel design. Through classroom theory, lecture, lab work, field trips and work term experience, skills are applied. Networking with industry professionals promotes future employment opportunities. Emphasis is placed on design analysis, apparel manufacturing and technology, and design communications and marketing. Skills such as fashion illustration, computer-aided design, pattern-making and draping, and garment construction techniques are taught, and supported by studies of textile technology, historical research, manufacturing processes and applied computerized technology in the fashion industry. The program fosters creative and independent problem solving in students, preparing them for a future in the various sectors of the rapidly changing fashion industry.

    Co-operative Education

    This three-year program has two co-op work terms.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma.  More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.


    School of Design: 519-452-4227
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. Recognize the interrelationships among designers, manufacturers, merchandisers and consumers in the domestic and international marketplace

    2. Create original designs using flat pattern and draping techniques that incorporate design principles and address fitting variations for women's wear

    3. Use state of the art manufacturing computer technology in the Apparel development and design process

    4. Produce originally designed apparel that demonstrates an understanding of raw materials, colours, silhouettes, textures, and techniques, and meets industry standards

    5. Source and select raw material, illustrate concepts, apply production specification and costing information, and develop patterns to produce apparel that reflects quality standards

    6. Analyze the organizational functions, systems and logistics in the manufacturing and marketing of apparel

    7. Apply business principles that relate to launching products, starting up a new business and planning, organizing and running a special event

    8. Adapt global fashion trends from the historical, current, and future perspective to produce salable designs for consumers

    9. Produce and present work that meets the standards, ethics and practices of the domestic and global fashion industry

    10. Apply visual communication skills that allow for creative product development, design collaboration and professional portfolio development

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