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  • Overview

    Program Description

    Love sewing and fashion? Let us help you learn to design and sew clothes. The Fashion Studies program, using a hands-on approach, teaches students the necessary skills to creating a garment from idea through to a finished product. Students receive technical training in pattern making, textiles, fashion drawing under the supervision of industry expertise.

  • Courses

    Program Requirements

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    Expected Availability
    Credits Fall Winter Summer
    Sewing Construction-Dressmaking 1FASH-1042 3 No No
    Concentrate on the essentials of sewing; including the basic techniques, selection of a pattern and materials, taking measurements, adjusting for fit and following construction sequences. Students will create a portfolio of samples to demonstrate a variety of sewing skills and construct a final project, which will include fittings, alterations and professionally finishing a garment.
    Pattern MakingDRAF-1064 3 Yes No
    Students will develop the essentials of flat pattern drafting. Through the use of bodice and skirt blocks, the basics of dart manipulation, fullness, yokes and waistbands will be practiced. Students will learn both pattern drafting and pattern alterations to work from blocks and with existing patterns. Special attention is paid to accuracy, basic mathematics and taking precise measurements.
    Fitting AlterationsFASH-1043 3 No No
    This course provides the student with the fundamental skills to analyze a fitting problem, by learning how to pin and mark, and then professionally alter the finished garment. By the end of the semester, the student will have developed better sewing skills, will be able to recognize pattern shapes and will be able to solve major fitting problems.
    Fashion Drawing & TheoryARTS-1090 3 Yes No
    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.
    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 3 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program