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Fashion Design & Production Diploma

The Fashion Design & Production Diploma prepares students for career success and further education in the fashion and apparel industries by developing creative and technical skills and knowledge, and providing industry experience.

Fundamental skills are put into immediate context through a series of five fashion cycles that allows students to experience a fast-paced production process, from design conception to sales. In the second year, students use their fashion cycle experiences and foundational skills to complete a self-directed garment project.

After completion of the diploma you will have: · Applied your skills and knowledge in the execution of your own creative vision. · Learned the fundamentals of a successful fashion business including writing a business plan, creating a website with e-commerce options, and local and offshore production methods. · Been trained on Gerber computer aided drafting software and hardware. · Used hand and computer techniques to present your work in a digital portfolio.

There are two options for completion:

  1. Two-year program. This is a full-time, daytime offering. After successfully completing the nineteen courses in Year One, students move onto Year Two, successful completion of the final nine courses will produce the Fashion Design & Production Diploma.
  2. Three-year program. The first two years are a part-time offering. After successfully completing nineteen courses over two years, students can transfer to the full-time, day time program. Successful completion of the final nine courses will result in the Fashion Design & Production Diploma. Entry into the full-time final year must be done within one year of completing the first nineteen courses.
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep 2 to 3 years Diploma Downtown Full or Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

GOAL

The Fashion Design & Production Diploma prepares students for career success and further education in the fashion and apparel industries by developing creative and technical skills and knowledge, and providing industry experience.

Fundamental skills are put into immediate context through a series of five fashion cycles that allows students to experience a fast-paced production process, from design conception to sales. In the second year, students use their fashion cycle experiences and foundational skills to complete a self-directed garment project.

Students will graduate with the ability to pursue entrepreneurship or a career in small or large apparel companies. Integrated practica will allow students to graduate with real-life experience and a solid foundation for their professional network.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Draft patterns with an eye to fit and function
  • Plan and execute garment construction
  • Develop a creative vision in design
  • Engage in real-world business environments
  • Practice the art of communication
  • Demonstrate professional excellence

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

The Fashion Design & Production Diploma curriculum is designed to provide context and mimic the real-world fashion industry.

Courses are delivered through a combination of instructional activities including, but not limited to, lectures, practical labs, seminars, demonstrations, guest lectures, videos, team activities, production simulations, computer labs, and field trips. To support the development of motivation and self-discipline, some of the theoretical and technical aspects of the program involve independent learning components.

The program concludes with a practicum and presentation of student portfolios and collections/projects.

PROGRAM DURATION

The Fashion Design & Production Diploma has 28 courses (1410 hours) and students must successfully complete all courses in this program to be eligible for the diploma.

There are two options for completion:

  1. Two-year program. This is a full-time, daytime offering. After successfully completing the nineteen courses in Year One and with completion of a 120-hour practicum, students will have the foundational skills to opt for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate exit. Continuing onto Year Two, students will apply skills to a self-directed garment project and learn industry specific software: successful completion of the final nine courses will produce the Fashion Design & Production Diploma.
  2. Three-year program. The first two years are a part-time, evening offering. After successfully completing nineteen courses over two years and with completion of a 120-hour practicum, students will have the foundational skills to opt for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate exit. Alternatively, for the third year, students can transfer to the full-time, day time program to complete the final nine courses, in which they will apply skills to a self-directed garment project and learn industry specific software. Successful completion of the final nine courses will result in the Fashion Design & Production Diploma. Entry into the full-time final year must be done within one year of completing the first nineteen courses.

The maximum allowable completion time is five years for both completion options.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Student learning is evaluated in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, presentations, individual and group projects, exams, research, assignments, lab work and portfolios. Students will also engage in peer- and self-assessment and reflective practice.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (60%) to successfully complete each course.

90% attendance is mandatory to successfully complete each course.


REQUIRED COURSE(S):

Term One:

Term Two:

Term Three:

Term Four:

Term Five:

Term Six:

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Proof of English Proficiency

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.


Program Specific

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.

Admission is a competitive selection based on the following criteria:

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • English 12 (C grade), or equivalent
  • Letter of Intent (500 words or less)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Artistic portfolio:
    • Two pieces of original artwork with accompanying description
    • Sketch book
  • Two sewn items
  • Interview with selection committee
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel (testing to be performed onsite)
  • VCC recognizes that some applicants may not possess a detailed portfolio or sewing experience. A demonstrated interest in fashion through hobby, education, portfolio, or work experience are acknowledged and seriously considered by the department. These applicants will still need to submit all other documentation, participate in an interview, and potentially take sewing and/or drawing courses prior to the starting the program.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION (PLAR)

VCC recognizes Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) as one of multiple pathways for students to complete their individual course of study.

PLAR is available for some courses in this program and will be assessed by the Department according to standardized practice and using one or more of the following components: project, professional portfolio, demonstration, or interview.

See Course Outlines for availability.

PLAR fees for every course apply without exception. The maximum number of credits of PLAR that a student may receive towards the certificate is 32.5.

Courses Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

Business Planning (FSHN 2105)
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1.5 credits
Computer Aided Drafting (FSHN 2109)
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2.0 credits
Draping (FSHN 1113)
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2.0 credits
Fabric and Textile Studies (FSHN 1313)
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2.0 credits
Fashion Cycle 1 (FSHN 1101)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Cycle 2 (FSHN 1103)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Cycle 3 (FSHN 1201)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Cycle 4 (FSHN 1203)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Cycle 5 (FSHN 1301)
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3.0 credits
Fashion Cycle: Project Final (FSHN 2103)
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9.0 credits
Fashion Cycle: Project Preview (FSHN 2101)
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2.0 credits
Fashion Fundamentals (FSHN 1105)
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1.5 credits
Fashion History (FSHN 1205)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Marketing (FSHN 1305)
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1.5 credits
Fashion Portfolio (FSHN 2215)
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2.0 credits
Illustration and Design 1 (FSHN 1107)
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2.0 credits
Illustration and Design 2 (FSHN 1207)
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2.0 credits
Overseas Production (FSHN 2205)
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1.5 credits
Pattern Drafting 1 (FSHN 1109)
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2.0 credits
Pattern Drafting 2 (FSHN 1209)
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2.0 credits
Pattern Grading (FSHN 2209)
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2.0 credits
Practicum (FSHN 2321)
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4.5 credits
Sewing Techniques 1 (FSHN 1111)
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2.0 credits
Sewing Techniques 2 (FSHN 1211)
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2.0 credits
Technical Fashion Illustration 1 (FSHN 1215)
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1.5 credits
Technical Fashion Illustration 2 (FSHN 1315)
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3.0 credits
Textile Surface Design (FSHN 1319)
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2.0 credits
Website Design and E-Commerce (FSHN 2115)
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1.5 credits


Fees and Other costs

Fees and Other Costs:


International Application Fee $145
Tuition Fee $30,670
Student Union Fee $200.73
College Initiative Fee $129
Student Union Health Plan Fee $292
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $292
U-Pass Fee $697
Other Costs $5,000 approximately for supplies, textbooks, tools and fabric

$306.70 Campus Resource Fee

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

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