The Fashion program incorporates the design aesthetics of fashion with the business communication skills required for any career in the fashion industry. Subjects in both design and merchandising are structured to allow you to explore creative skills and design applications with five areas of specialty - Fashion Design, Fashion Production Techniques, Fashion Styling, Fashion Retail & Marketing, and Fashion Merchandising & Display.
The Fashion curriculum combines an exploration of visual culture and trend forecasting with basic design principals. Applied studio-based projects develop skills such as drawing, rendering, mixing and applying paint, as well as color theory, textile exploration, and design concepts & process. Service-learning projects in visual merchandising and display as well as a variety of fashion shows and installations provide students with the opportunity of audience feedback to their creations.
By nature, careers in fashion design, retailing and visual merchandising are creative. However, knowledge of business practices and the ability to think and make sound judgments are also necessary for success in this industry. Research abilities, multi-tasking skills and an appreciation for the business and art of fashion will also help you achieve your career goals.
Fashion Design Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement
Fashion design is the art of application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. Fashion design is influenced by cultural and social latitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories such as bracelets and necklace, because of the time required to bring a garment onto the market, must at times anticipate changing consumer tastes.
Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they designed.
Fashion designers work in wholesale or manufacturing establishments, apparel companies, retailers, theater or dance companies, and design firms.
Fashion designers typically need an associate or a bachelor's degree in fashion design. Some fashion designers also combine a fashion design degree with a business, marketing, or fashion merchandising degree, especially those who want to run their own business or retail store. Basic coursework includes color, textiles, sewing and tailoring, pattern making, fashion history, computer-aided (CAD), and design of different types of clothing such as menswear or footwear.
Fashion Production Techniques Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement
Fashion Production describes the process by which concepts are made into a saleable physical product. In most cases, this means going from a small set of samples or prototypes to commercial quantities of the item or style, often across multiple sizes, colors and patterns. As you can imagine, it's impossible to separate production from the overall success of a brand, as great concepts can be designed, developed and sold, but a fashion business will ultimately live or die based on what is produced and delivered to the end consumer.
The fashion production manager makes the ideas and concepts of the designer concrete, transforming creativity into a valid commercial proposal. From the initial idea through to final production, they supervise the proceedings of the entire project and are responsible for the organization and activating protocols in guarantees, aimed at certifying the quality of the products. The professional also selects the methodologies for the realization of company reporting in different negotiating phases, while simultaneously managing prototypes, analyses and processes.
Fashion Styling Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement
Fashion Stylist is one of the most popular emerging professions in the fashion world globally and is the job title of someone who selects the clothing and accessories for published editorial features, print or television advertising campaigns, music videos, concert performances, and any public appearances made by celebrities, models or other public figures.
Fashion Stylists are often part of a larger creative team assembled by the client, collaborating with the fashion designer, photographer/director, hair stylist and makeup artist to put together a particular look or theme for the specific project.
Fashion Stylists can work in the following industry areas: Editorial Styling, Video/Commercial Styling, Television Styling, Wardrobe Styling, Show styling, Live Performance Styling, Celebrity Styling, Corporate Styling, Personal Shopping, Runway Styling, Catalogue Styling, Retail Fashion Styling, Retail Visual Styling, Photo Styling, and Merchandise Styling.
Fashion Retail & Marketing Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement
Professionals who work in fashion retailing and marketing examine fashion trends, help retailers stock fashion lines, coordinate sales, and promote goods. While you wouldn't actually design clothing as a marketing and merchandising professional, you'd still be responsible for helping designers by ensuring that their lines sell. Successful professionals in the field usually have a blend of business skills and textiles knowledge, as well as the ability to identify consumer behavior and desires.
The field of fashion marketing and merchandising covers a wide variety of positions. You could work as a fashion buyer, customer service representative, retail store owner, visual merchandiser, retail manager, manufacturer's representative, operations manager, marketer, advertiser, and more.
Fashion Merchandising & Display Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement
Fashion Merchandising is a profession that incorporates the A-to-Z processes in the fashion business ranging from producing, product development, promoting and buying and selling fashion items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics and shoes.
A fashion merchandiser may work for a textile manufacturer, a designer or a fashion retail outlet such as a department store, childrenâ€™s clothing store or a discount store. He or she is well-versed with the fashion industry as well as the socio, cultural and economic aspects of textile production. A fashion merchandiser is also required to be in touch with market trends, fashion updates as well as popular preferences in a particular locality.
Depending on which industry a fashion merchandiser works in, the job titles associated with this field include fashion buyers, fashion directors, retail store managers, textile merchandisers, designers, showroom sales representatives, product development managers, catalog production managers and merchandise display artists.
Fashion Studies - Certificate of Completion
Fashion Studies merges sketching and general visual skills with the power of the imagination to establish the basics for any Fashion Certificate of Achievement or Degree. Students may seek entry level positions with apparel manufacturers, clothing retailers, tailoring or alterations businesses, specialty clothing shops or start their own business. Continue your studies by taking courses toward an associate's degree in Fashion.
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