Fashion Design and Production


Expand your creative and technical skills for the fashion and apparel industry by gaining hands-on experience in conception, design, production, and sales through a self-directed garment project.

Tuition: 35919*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-fashion-arts.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Fashion production
  • Technical illustration (Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Pattern drafting
  • Computer aided drafting (CAD) and digitization with Gerber
  • Draping
  • Knit garments
  • Lined dresses
  • Office attire
  • Pattern grading and size ranges
  • Niche body types
  • Fabric properties, testing, and sourcing
  • Textile industry ethics
  • Fashion industry issues and trends
  • Fashion history and culture
  • Precision drawing
  • Professional hand and machine sewing
  • Textile print and dye techniques
  • Garment construction
  • Creative vision
  • Branding and marketing
  • Final runway collection or product line
  • Manufacturing specifications
  • Business skills
  • Overseas production
  • Website design and e-commerce
  • Professional communication

What to expect

  • Mandatory attendance
  • Practical labs and demonstrations
  • Team activities
  • Computer work
  • Field trips
  • Independent learning
  • Student presentations
  • Individual and group projects
  • Written exams
  • Research assignments
  • Self-assessments
  • Portfolio creation
  • Lectures, seminars, videos
  • 120-hour industry practicum

Admission requirements


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)
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Portfolio:
    • Two pieces of original artwork
    • Sketch book including a minimum of 20 fashion-related drawings
    • Two sewn items
  • Interview with selection committee

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 starting the program.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Imagination and creativity
  • An aesthetic point of view
  • Comfort with a fast paced environment
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to receive, consider, and incorporate feedback
  • The ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • Motivation, curiosity, and research-orientation
  • Demonstrated interest in fashion
  • Comfort and proficiency with basic computer systems and software

Courses *

This program can be completed in two to three years.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

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, and/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 diploma is 32.5.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10250 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 35919
Student union0
College initiative153
Materials555 not including textbooks
Campus resource360
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 421
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 812
Program-specific extra fees0

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Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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