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Fashion Design & Production Certificate


This program 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.

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.

There are two options for completion:

  1. One-year program. This is a full-time, daytime offering. After successfully completing the nineteen courses in Year One and a 120-hour practicum, students will have met the requirements for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate.
  2. Two-year program. This is a part-time, evening offering. After successfully completing nineteen courses over two years and a 120-hour practicum, students will have met the requirements for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, April 1 to 2 years Certificate Downtown Full or Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

GOAL

This program 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.

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
  • Interpret and execute garment construction
  • Express 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 Certificate 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.

PROGRAM DURATION

The Fashion Design & Production Certificate has 20 courses (912.5 hours) and students must successfully complete all courses in this program to be eligible for the certificate.

There are two options for completion:

  1. One-year program. This is a full-time, daytime offering. After successfully completing the nineteen courses in Year One and a 120-hour practicum, students will have met the requirements for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate.
  2. Two-year program. This is a part-time, evening offering. After successfully completing nineteen courses over two years and a 120-hour practicum, students will have met the requirements for a Fashion Design & Production Certificate.

If students wish to continue on to the Fashion Design & Production Diploma, they may join the third year full-time cohort. Upon successful completion of the final eight courses, students will have met the requirements for 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 for the certificate program is three years.


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, and lab work. 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:


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

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 23.5.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Imagination and creativity
  • A good aesthetic sense
  • Comfort with a fast paced environment
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to handle criticism
  • The ability to work well with a wide variety of people
  • Motivation, curiosity, and research-orientation
  • Some sewing skills
  • General knowledge of fashion designers and styles

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $14,080
Other Costs $2, 500 approx. for supplies
For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.
Please note Student Union, Campus Resource, and College Initiative fees may be charged at time of registration.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Info Sessions

Info Sessions

The future is in fashion.

Employers in B.C.’s fashion industry frequently turn to VCC to hire our job-ready graduates. Attend this information session to learn about our full-time Fashion Design & Production Diploma and the fashion merchandising program. You’ll also meet our instructors and see where students work.

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Date Day Time Room Location
February 24, 2018 Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 920 Downtown


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Contact us:

Program Coordinators: Sarah Murray and Andrea Korens, VCC Fashion, 604.871.7000, ext. 8668 and 8661
Program Assistant: Lou Solina, VCC Fashion, 604.871.7000, ext. 8428

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

This program is application based. Before you register in any of the courses listed below, please ensure you have applied and been accepted to the program. Apply to the program now.


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

(FSHN 1201) Fashion Cycle 3 1.5 credits    $629.31



Fashion Cycle 3 immerses students in the full cycle of fashion production as they continue to apply and build on skills learned in Fashion Cycles 1 and 2 and other courses. Students will experience a fast-paced production process, from design conception to sales, and will work with a pattern grader to develop a size range from their base pattern. Students will work in small groups to produce a draped top.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10210 DTN Rm. 161
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
05-Jan-2018
to 09-Feb-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta
  10210 DTN Rm. 161
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1525
05-Jan-2018
to 09-Feb-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta


(FSHN 1203) Fashion Cycle 4 1.5 credits    $624.31



Fashion Cycle 4 immerses students in the full cycle of fashion production as they continue to apply and build on skills learned in Fashion Cycles 1, 2, and 3 and other courses. In Fashion Cycle 4, students will experience a fast-paced production process, from design conception to sales, including consultation with a local factory. Students will work in small groups to produce a lined dress.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10211 DTN Rm. 161
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
16-Feb-2018
to 29-Mar-2018
Matlo, Jason
  10211 DTN Rm. 161
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1525
16-Feb-2018
to 29-Mar-2018
Matlo, Jason


(FSHN 1205) Fashion History 1.5 credits    $622.00



In this course, students explore the influence of world events, politics, technology, culture, and other factors on fashion. Students explore western fashion through the ages and consider today's fashions through a historical lens.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10207 DTN Rm. 920
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1600
08-Jan-2018
to 05-Feb-2018
Godin, Patrice
  10207 DTN Rm. 920
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1600
19-Feb-2018
to 19-Mar-2018
Godin, Patrice


(FSHN 1207) Illustration and Design 2 2.0 credits    $833.79



The fashion designer presents individual designs that stand both on their own merits and as part of a cohesive group or collection of garments. In this course, students build design and illustration skills while engaging in the design process, from research and inspiration to final presentation of design.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10209 DTN Rm. 922
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1330 - 1645
04-Jan-2018
to 22-Mar-2018
Gellert, Lisa
  10209 DTN Rm. 920
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1330 - 1645
04-Jan-2018
to 22-Mar-2018
Gellert, Lisa
  10209 DTN Rm. 920
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1630
29-Mar-2018
Gellert, Lisa
  10209 DTN Rm. 922
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1630
29-Mar-2018
Gellert, Lisa


(FSHN 1209) Pattern Drafting 2 2.0 credits    $804.87



A patternmaker uses a variety of manipulation techniques to transform their blocks/slopers into unique pattern designs. In this course, students will practice pattern manipulations and will create finished patterns from instructions and technical illustrations.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10206 DTN Rm. 921
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1230
02-Jan-2018
to 20-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta
  10206 DTN Rm. 920
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1230
02-Jan-2018
to 20-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta
  10206 DTN Rm. 920
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
27-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta
  10206 DTN Rm. 921
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
27-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta


(FSHN 1211) Sewing Techniques 2 2.0 credits    $809.87



In this course, students will develop their sewing and garment construction skills by applying new and previously learned techniques to garment construction. Students will mark, cut, and assemble a selection of garments using a wide range of construction techniques.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10205 DTN Rm. 161
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1230
04-Jan-2018
to 22-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta
  10205 DTN Rm. 161
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
29-Mar-2018
Sciarretta, Concetta


(FSHN 1215) Technical Fashion Illustration 1 1.5 credits    $616.80



In the fashion industry, designs are communicated using technical illustrations (flats), and accompanying specification (spec) sheets and technical packages (tech packs). In this course, students will create flats by hand and in Illustrator, and will produce spec sheets and tech packs to industry standards.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  10212 DTN Rm. 914
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
08-Jan-2018
to 05-Feb-2018
Burditt, Matthew
  10212 DTN Rm. 914
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
19-Feb-2018
to 19-Mar-2018
Burditt, Matthew
  10212 DTN Rm. 914
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1130
26-Mar-2018
Burditt, Matthew


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(FSHN 1301) Fashion Cycle 5 3.0 credits    $1,215.62



Fashion Cycle 5 engages students in the full cycle of fashion production while implementing and building on skills learned in Fashion Cycles 1-4 and other courses. This course immerses students in a fast-paced production process, from design conception to sales, and students will collaborate to produce a small collection of office attire for a niche body type and create branding for their garment label.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20229 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1200
12-Apr-2018
to 28-Jun-2018
Liu, Wen-chee
  20229 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1540
12-Apr-2018
to 21-Jun-2018
Liu, Wen-chee
  20229 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1300 - 1510
28-Jun-2018
Liu, Wen-chee


(FSHN 1305) Fashion Marketing 1.5 credits    $622.00



Marketing is the means of communication between the fashion designer and their audience. In this course, students will learn marketing strategies, and apply them to a fashion product line.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20225 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1330 - 1630
09-Apr-2018
to 14-May-2018
Curtis, Fiona
  20225 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1330 - 1630
28-May-2018
to 18-Jun-2018
Curtis, Fiona


(FSHN 1313) Fabric and Textile Studies 2.0 credits    $840.04



This course offers insight into the components, properties, and production of a variety of apparel fabrics, and will prompt students to demonstrate their understanding of these concepts in real-world fashion industry applications, including fabric selection in design, fabric testing, and sourcing. The course will also examine innovations and ethical issues in the textile industry.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20226 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1230
10-Apr-2018
to 19-Jun-2018
Korens, Andrea
  20226 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1300
26-Jun-2018
Korens, Andrea


(FSHN 1315) Technical Fashion Illustration 2 3.0 credits    $1,211.86



This course builds on skills learned in Technical Fashion Drawing 1 and introduces artistic applications of Illustrator and Photoshop. Students will develop an extensive library of brushes, patterns, and design details for future use and will experiment with layout, typography, and other graphic design elements to convey individual aesthetic.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20224 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0915 - 1230
09-Apr-2018
to 14-May-2018
Burditt, Matthew
  20224 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1400 - 1700
13-Apr-2018
to 15-Jun-2018
Burditt, Matthew
  20224 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0915 - 1230
28-May-2018
to 18-Jun-2018
Burditt, Matthew
  20224 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1500 - 1730
22-Jun-2018
Burditt, Matthew


(FSHN 1319) Textile Surface Design 2.0 credits    $849.87



This course deals with the manipulation of fabrics and the use of print and dye techniques to create a variety of surface designs and textures. Students will be taught to document methods and results to assist with problem solving, and to facilitate the replication of technique.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
  20223 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1300
13-Apr-2018
to 15-Jun-2018
Kilgour, Kaytee
  20223 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
FM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1400
22-Jun-2018
Kilgour, Kaytee


Draping (FSHN 1113)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Fabric and Textile Studies (FSHN 1313)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $840.04
Fashion Cycle 1 (FSHN 1101)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits N/A
Fashion Cycle 2 (FSHN 1103)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits N/A
Fashion Cycle 3 (FSHN 1201)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $629.31
Fashion Cycle 4 (FSHN 1203)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $624.31
Fashion Cycle 5 (FSHN 1301)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $1,215.62
Fashion Fundamentals (FSHN 1105)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits N/A
Fashion History (FSHN 1205)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $622.00
Fashion Marketing (FSHN 1305)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $622.00
Illustration and Design 1 (FSHN 1107)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Illustration and Design 2 (FSHN 1207)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $833.79
Pattern Drafting 1 (FSHN 1109)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Pattern Drafting 2 (FSHN 1209)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $804.87
Practicum (FSHN 2321)
course schedule schedule
4.5 credits N/A
Sewing Techniques 1 (FSHN 1111)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits N/A
Sewing Techniques 2 (FSHN 1211)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $809.87
Technical Fashion Illustration 1 (FSHN 1215)
course schedule schedule
1.5 credits $616.80
Technical Fashion Illustration 2 (FSHN 1315)
course schedule schedule
3.0 credits $1,211.86
Textile Surface Design (FSHN 1319)
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits $849.87


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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