Fashion Design teaches
sewing basics, pattern development and garment construction. These skills
prepare you for more advanced studies in corset construction, finishing
techniques, tailoring and draping which are taught in the second year. Fashion
illustration and history inspire you in creating your own line that is
presented at an annual public Fashion Show.
Through applied research, critical discourse and
self-reflection you will engage in creative problem solving. You learn about
communications for visual artists, art history, drawing, and 2D/3D design.
Assignments create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your imagination.
Areas of Study
- Fashion Design
- Fashion History
- Pattern Design
- Garment Construction
- Fashion Illustration
- Fashion Show
- A transcript indicating Certificate – FVA
- A transcript indicating a post-secondary
certificate or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience.*
(See Portfolio Requirements for more details)
is determined by the College assessing the applicant’s combination of learning
and experience through recognition of prior learning.
Application fee is in Canadian dollars and applies to Canadian citizens and
Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and is subject to change without
to the Admissions for more details.
1. We value all of your life
experience in assessing your application. To do this, please provide us with a
copy of your resume.
2. Please write a one-page letter
of intent which includes your:
for wanting to study with us,
- Interests in the arts
(contemporary or historical), and
- Plans and goals for the future.
3. To ensure that you are well
prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your
creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination.
To assess this, please provide:
Five images of things that you have created
such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting,
photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc.
Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated
with this studio.
If you have drawing experience please
One life drawing showing the
human figure, and
One still-life drawing.
If you have not had previous drawing
experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic
Please don’t submit actual examples.
Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good
digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x
768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us
the link, keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a
written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the
date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact
information, and return address.
4. For a full experience at our
College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture.
Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period
(include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in
your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about
have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in
person to Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar.
FADN 2907 Basic Sewing Techniques
FADN 2900 Understanding Pattern Development
FADN 2901 Fundamental Fashion Design
DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water Based
COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists
FADN 2902 Sewing and Finishing Techniques
FADN 2906 Pattern Design
FADN 2905 Apparel Design and Construction
FADN 2904 Fashion Illustration
HIST 2904 Fashion Design and Inspiration
DSGN 2901 3D Design: Shaping Space
DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
FADN 2909 The Corset
FADN 2908 Preparing for Production
FADN 3900 Modern Tailoring
FADN 3909 Bra, Bustier and Beyond
FADN 3901 Research and Design a Collection
FADN 3902 Advanced Illustration
HIST 3904 20th Century Fashion Influences
ENTR 3906 Preparing for Professional Life
FADN 3904 Apparel Production: The Project
FADN 3905 Apparel Production: Finishing
FADN 3906 The Business of Fashion
AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
DSGN 3916 Book Art Design
INST 3902 Senior Practicum
INST 3903 Senior Project
are prepared for careers as entrepreneurs with their own couture businesses, or
for work in film and theatre costuming, as fashion photography stylists, visual
merchandisers, pattern developers and alteration specialists.
- Artisans and craftspersons
- Fabric, Fur and Leather Cutters
- Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
- Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur
- Sewing Machine Operators
- Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
- Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative
2907 Basic Sewing Techniques
In this course, students develop and improve their
sewing skills by the execution of a series of sewing samples. Through research
they focus on basic processes such as hand stitching, button holes and lap
zippers, learning the individual elements in clothing production. In addition,
students become familiar with domestic and industrial machines and their
respective accessories, and their operation and cleaning procedures. Students
combine the samples they produce into a reference book which will be used throughout
2900 Understanding Pattern Development and Design
In this course, students work through the process of
measuring the body, creating a flat paper pattern, mocking the draft out of
muslin and fitting on a three dimensional figure. Through both ¼ scale and
full-scale exercises, students begin to understand the transition from
two-dimensional patterns to three-dimensional designs.
2901 Fundamental Fashion Design
In this course students, create simple garments by
combining the technical processes learned in FADN 2907 Basic Sewing Techniques
and FADN2900 Understanding Pattern Development and Design. Students sketch
their own design and create a custom fit pattern by measuring the body. They
draft and fit cotton mock-ups and learn the basic steps and techniques of
garment construction. Also in this course, students explore the exciting world
of Fashion, and its related industries.
2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
In this course, students enhance their capacity to
see, interpret and draw the complex three-dimensional form of the body. They
develop their ability to draw the life model with attention to proportions,
shape and general anatomy. Students increase facility with essential strategies
such as gesture, massing, mapping and sighting as applied to figure drawing. In
addition, they address expressive and intentional strategies in depicting the
2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water Based Materials
In this course, students make paintings, largely from
observation, using the traditional techniques of watercolour, gouache and inks.
They become familiar with the properties of various materials, tools and
methods of handling them. In addition, they engage in painting exercises that
address issues of colour and formal relationships of visual art with an
emphasis on stylistic concerns. Students also experiment with mixed media
collage and various other directions.
2900 Communication for Visual Artists
In this course, students tap into the world of social
media, in the form of an on-line presence, to initiate their critical opinions
and professional communications. They create an online archive of professional
documents including digital images of their work, biographical information and
artist statements. Students write responses to topics pertinent to their
practice communicating their ideas about visual art. In addition, they learn
the steps to apply for a relevant scholarship.
2902 Sewing and Finishing Techniques
In this course, students refine their sewing and
finishing skills by the construction of complex sewing samples. Through these
exercises they become more confident with domestic and industrial machines.
Students continue individual research which they apply to their projects. The
sewing samples and finishing techniques they create are added to their
reference book which is used throughout the program.
2906 Pattern Design
In this course, students build on their pattern
development and design abilities which they acquired in FADN 2900 Understanding
Pattern Design and Development. Through various assignments students learn the
intricacies of pattern creation. In addition, they are introduced to alternate
methods of pattern development which broadens their technical abilities in the
creation of future fashion designs.
2905 Apparel Design and Construction
In this course, students apply the processes learned
in FADN 2902 Sewing and Finishing Techniques and FADN 2906 Pattern Design for
an in-depth exploration of the skills necessary to produce various garments
such as pants and shirts. Students sketch their own designs and create custom
fit patterns by measuring the body. They draft and fit cotton mock-ups and
learn the basic steps and techniques of garment construction. To this end, time
management and quality of workmanship is stressed.
2904 Fashion Illustration
In this course, students learn the skills necessary to
communicate their concepts and ideas visually using fashion drawing. Through
the studyof figure representation
and a variety of illustration techniques, traditional and digital, students
investigate existing illustration styles used in fashion. The emphasis of the
course is the development of fashion croquis, and illustration techniques and
2904 Fashion Design and Inspiration Throughout History
In this course, students explore the dynamic changes
in fashion design from antiquity to the 20th century. Through interactive
lectures, class discussions and the collection of fashion imagery, students
analyze the development of clothing styles, materials and construction. This
in-depth look at the history of fashion design serves as inspiration in the
development a personal style.
2901 3D Design: Shaping Space
In this course, students explore the broader world of
design focusing on themes of movement, colour and light. With consideration of
spatial relationships, students combine a wide range of materials in the
development of projects. Engaging in lectures and discussions that examine the
theories of historic and contemporary 3D design, they develop an individual
design aesthetic which is accompanied by research and documentation. Combining
various aspects of the making of objects, students are encouraged to use materials
from their own disciplines. In addition, peer presentations and critical visual
analysis are emphasized.
2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
In this course, students produce projects that explore
both spatial relationships and the broader world of “design” through using
computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing applications. With industry
standard software they learn the tools and concepts of computer based 3D
design. Students develop a personal design aesthetic and create avariety of objects for use in their own disciplines.
In addition, peer presentations and critical visual analysis are emphasized.
2909 The Corset
In this course, students utilize their pattern design
and drafting skills combined with their sewing abilities to create a corset
techniques. They develop a pattern for a complex corset that is constructed and
fitted to a specific individual. Emphasis is on developing sophisticated sewing
and finishing techniques.
2908 Preparing for Production
In this course, students will manufacture a limited
run production product. Through a systematic team approach students will learn
to track production time and material costs to establish a pricing structure
for products. In addition, students learn about pattern grading and
standardized sizing to produce garments for the marketplace. Emphasis is placed
on efficient planning, the use of suitable materials and the appropriateness of
design for a product being produced.
3900 Modern Tailoring
In this course, students investigate basic
contemporary tailoring techniques and tools by constructing a tailored jacket
of their own design. Students explore the history of various methods, skills
and techniques of sewing and finishing needed to execute a quality tailored
garment. In addition, students document the construction steps necessary to
produce a tailored garment and develop a reference book of basic tailoring
techniques and samples.
3909 Bra, Bustier and Beyond
In this course, students design and build a bustier,
bra and corset that go beyond their traditional look and functional use.
Through implementing advanced sewing and construction techniques, they learn
complex fitting processes associated with these garments. In addition, students
gain an understanding of the historical development of the corset and its
significant impact on women and society in general.
3901 Research and Design a Collection
In this course, students establish the final designs
for their graduating portfolio. They conduct detailed research and through
journaling and sketching to create inspiration boards. As a group, students
assist each other in the development and editing of their line. Discovering
their potential, students engage in the creative processes utilized by
designers when finalizing a collection.
3902 Advanced Illustration
In this course, students visually communicate their
designs and concepts by an in-depth examination of traditional and
contemporary/digital media. Through the development of a body of preliminary
work, presentation boards and technical drawings students refine their
illustration techniques. These abilities allow students to explore the
conceptual development of their own fashion designs and self-promotion.
3904 20th Century Fashion Influences
In this course, students learn about the
transformation of fashion design from the early 20th century to present times.
Through interactive presentations students develop an understanding of the many
influences on the establishment of contemporary fashion trends and cycles.
3906 Preparing for Professional Life
In this course, students learn basic skills to present
themselves effectively and professionally in the context of their discipline.
They create a personal toolkit by becoming familiar with business vocabulary
learning the essentials of what makes a great employee and being an asset to a
prospective employer. Students enhance their presentation skills building
confidence in public speaking and job searching. In addition, they investigate
elements of business planning by analyzing products, location, marketing
strategies, etc, which further clarifies their career path. Also, as a team,
students organize and participate in a "Networking Challenge" where
they engage in a real life networking session with local business
3904 Apparel Production: The Project Begins
In this course, students establish a garment diary and
make the patterns needed to create their senior line of clothing. The patterns
are explored in ¼ scale and then produced in muslin full scale. Students
participate in a critique of their line for feedback and then implement
adjustments to their designs in preparation for the construction of their line
3905 Apparel Production: Finishing Touches
In this course, students complete their senior line of
clothing which is presented at the annual fashion show. Research and sampling
is carried out to establish the best ways to work with different types of
fabric. Students begin by cutting actual material using the patterns created in
FAND 3904 Apparel Production: The Project Begins. Fittings and finishing are
critical in the creation of their garments along with consideration for the
entire presentation of the line including the models, hair, make-up and
3906 The Business of Fashion
In this course, students learn various aspects of
business specifically related to the fashion industry. The main project is to
produce the College’s annual fashion show. In addition, students research and
make presentations on various aspects of the fashion industry focusing on
current designers and jobs in the field. Hard copy portfolios, along with
personal promotional materials will be created in preparation for the fashion
show, job interviews or application for continuing education.
3908 Designing Bodies
In this course, students create artwork using
influences from the traditional and contemporary practices of body
adornment/modification. With an aesthetic and anthropological perspective, they
research specific Aboriginal practices in body art, such as tattooing,
piercing, mehndi (henna), branding and scarification. Students gain a new
perspective on this ancient activity, incorporating the ideologies into
individual projects as well as communicating their ideas in a clear
3000 Painting in Acrylics
In this course, students learn the fundamental
principles of painting through creating images in the medium of acrylic paint.
Assignments explore both the historical and contemporary approaches of the
painting process. Students have the opportunity to develop an independent body of
work which is informed by experimentation and critique, and in addition, is
related to a personal area of interest.
3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
In this course, students develop imagery by exploring
and refining drawing and painting methods using various mixed media and surface
treatments. In so doing, they discover the associative potential between
materials and imagery that contributes the constructing of meaning. Students
experience traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing through
assignments, visual presentations and gallery visits. A final project
encourages students to pursue personally relevant imagery and an individual
3001 Creative Design Exploration
In this course, students focus on their creative
skills and innovation abilities to produce original designs that are realized
into 2D/3D product prototypes. Using multiple models of problem solving
strategies, students explore form, function and a variety of materials, to
apply new skill sets to their methodologies. Students overcome visual and
conceptual challenges by working in interdisciplinary teams.
3002 3D Digital Design and Production
In this course, students use sophisticated 3D modeling
and texturing techniques building on skills learned in 3D Digital Design:
Shaping Space. These skills will be used to prepare and render complex 3D
components that could either become intricate printed objects or be utilized as
elements or models in other courses.
3916 Book Art Design
In this course, students create hand bound books using
various unique tools, materials and processes. Through an exploration of book
structures and construction methods, they are introduced simple to complex
binding techniques. In addition, students are encouraged to explore the
aesthetic qualities of the book through 2D and 3D embellishment techniques
including printed material, transfer techniques and hand stitched
3121 Digital Communication and Marketing
In this course, students develop a working knowledge
of digital technologies to develop a comprehensive individual portfolio. This
includes learning to use a digital camera, create professional lighting, and be
able to manipulate images using relevant software. Using their own images and
biographical information, students design and construct a website using the
latest software available. In addition, they investigate the value of internet
technologies in the context of e-commerce, marketing and promotion in
preparation for a career in the visual arts.
3902 Senior Practicum
In this course, students engage in a real life
experience by participating in a workplace environment in a business or
organization. They develop a professional level of conduct as they further their
interpersonal workplace skills. In addition, they actively participate in the
specialized activities of their practicum.
3903 Senior Project
In this course, students produce a significant piece
or series that becomes the focal point of their portfolio. They submit a
proposal that will determine the form and scope of their final project. This
project will require students to integrate their creative abilities, design
knowledge, personal aesthetics with technical prowess.