Courses – Fashion Design & Merchandising

BT   Business Technology

DESE   Design Elements

FAD   Foundation of Art and Design

ICG   Introduction to Computer Graphics

IFA   Introduction to Fashion and Apparel

IISS   Introduction to Industrial Sewing Standards

PD 1  Professional Development 1

 

APC 1   Apparel Construction 1

DES 1  Design Women’s Wear 1

FILL   Fashion Illustration

FDM ES1  FDM Employability Skills 1

HIST   History of Costume

PATD 1  Pattern Drafting 1

 

APC 2  Apparel Construction 2

DES 2  Design Women’s Wear 2

FDM ES2  FDM Employability Skills 2

PATD 2  Pattern Drafting 2

TEXS   Textile Science

TFAA   Trend Forecasting and Analysis

PD 2  Professional Development 2

 

APC 3  Apparel Construction 3

CAD 1  Computer Aided Design Drawing 1

DES 3  Design Women’s Wear 3

FDM ES3  FDM Employability Skills 3

PATD 3   Pattern Drafting 3

PROD   Product Development

 

APC 4  Apparel Construction 4

CAD 2  Computer Aided Design Drawing 2

DES 4  Design Men’s Wear 4

DRA 1   Draping 1

IMANP   Introduction to Manufacturing and Production

PATD 4  Pattern Drafting 4

 

DES 5  Design Specialization 5

DRA 2   Draping 2

FDM ES4  FDM Employability Skills 4

FSHOW   Fashion Show Production

MERC   Merchandising

TAAD   Textile Art and Design

PD 3  Professional Development 3

 

BOF   Business Operations and Finance

CADPDGM   Computer Aided Design, Pattern Drafting, Grading, and Marker Making

ENTRE   Entrepreneurship

FDM PPW 1  FDM Portfolio Production Workshop 1

GSOUR   Global Sourcing and Import Export

MARS   Marketing and Sales

 

FDM PPW 2  FDM Portfolio Production Workshop 2

GPFS   Graduation Project and Fashion Show

PD 4  Professional Development 4

 

Apparel Construction 1 (APC 1)

This applied sewing course examines the methods and techniques of industrial garment assembly. Students will apply their basic sewing skills to a range of projects that will result in a reference portfolio. Students will apply safe practices when operating industrial equipment and by the end of this course students will have constructed several basic garments.

Apparel Construction 2 (APC 2)

This applied sewing course examines the methods and techniques of industrial garment assembly practice. Students will apply basic methods and techniques of sewing to a range of projects that will result in a reference portfolio. Students will apply safe practices when operating industrial equipment and by the end of this course students will have constructed several basic garments.

Apparel Construction 3 (APC 3)

In this course students will examine and apply more advanced methods of industrial garment assembly. This course is coordinated with Pattern Drafting 2 and Design 3 Womenswear.

Apparel Construction 4 (APC 4)

This advanced sewing course expands student knowledge of specialized techniques of industrial garment assembly theory and is coordinated with Design 4 Menswear and Childrenswear and Pattern Drafting 3.

Business Operations and Finance (BOF)

This course provides students with a theoretical overview of the roles and responsibilities required in the apparel industry. Students will examine the interrelationship between operations and business management, the role of management personnel, and decision-making. Students will also examine the relationship of costs to pricing, volume and profit and will be able to illustrate the relationship between wholesale costing and retail pricing by the end of the course.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Computer Aided Design Drawing 1 (CAD 1)

This course introduces students to basic skills required to effectively use illustration programs and vector graphics to create technical flats and fashion illustrations.

Computer Aided Design Drawing (CAD 2)

Students will examine and apply skills required to increase proficiency in illustration programs with the goal of enhancing illustration skills. Students will apply these software skills to create more sophisticated technical flats, fashion illustration, mood board, trend presentations, and textile patterns.

Computer Aided Design – Pattern Drafting, Grading, and Marker Making (CADPDGM)

Students will be introduced to computerized pattern drafting techniques and computer grading methods. Students will also examine and apply methods used to create markers for all types of garments.

Design Elements (DESE)

This course is an introductory exploration of terminology specific to the fashion and apparel industry as well as an examination of basic design elements common to the field. At the end of this course students will be able to communicate more effectively with other members of the fashion and apparel industry with respect to apparel and design elements.

Design 1 Womenswear (DES 1)

This applied course provides students with an introductory examination of design theory and design techniques. Students will apply methods required to design a basic skirt and pants, in coordination with Apparel Construction 1.

Design 2 Womenswear (DES 2)

In this course students will expand their knowledge of design theory and target market concepts acquired in Design 1 Womenswear by examining colour theory and how it is applied to fashion. Students will also examine the components of a collection and how it is developed.

Design 3 Womenswear (DES 3)

In this course, students will advance their knowledge of the components of a collection in the areas of fabrication, trim, and closures.

Design 4 Menswear & Childrenswear (DES 4)

In this course, students will advance their knowledge of creating men’s and children’s collections in the areas of colour, fabrication, and merchandise presentation.

Design 5 Specialization (DES 5)

Students will apply their cumulative design knowledge with their specific market research in order to create several garments in their chosen area of specialization.

Draping 1 (DRA 1)

This course introduces students to effective draping methods and skills required for four basic foundation patterns. Students will examine the dress form and the elements of fabrics as they relate to the bodice, skirt, shirt, and sleeve.

Draping 2 (DRA 2)

This course advances student knowledge and skill in draping methods by exploring variations of the basic foundation patterns.

Entrepreneurship (ENTRE)

This course introduces students to entrepreneurship as it pertains to the fashion and apparel industry. Students will examine key concepts in the development of a business such as the business plan and the factors involved in setting up and maintaining a business.

Fashion Illustration (FILL)

Students will examine and apply basic illustration techniques used within the fashion industry by exploring different types of fashion illustrations, basic anatomy of the human body, differences between normative body proportions and the fashion figure, differences between life drawing and fashion illustration, and the relationship between perspective and proportion. Students will examine and apply drawing techniques specific to the field with respect to: gender, age, lifestyle, techniques used in the pattern rendering process, designer sketch techniques and methods, methods used when working with colour, and techniques used in layout, and composition.

Fashion Show Production (FShow)

In this course, students will produce a fashion show and will address important factors required for staging a successful fashion show production such as budget, location, and merchandising.

FDM Employability Skills (FDM ES 1,2,3,4)

In today’s marketplace technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability, and teamwork skills. Employability Skills provides a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills can be practiced. Each term the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs such as industry overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses, or special or advanced technical skills, assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments, and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept. head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Foundation of Art and Design (FAD)

Foundation of Art and Design explores the evolution of imagery from primitive art through to today’s digital creations, with a focus on 20th century North American and European art and the elemental themes in design, composition, and content. Developing the oral and written skills with which to discuss or critique works of art, FAD enables students to understand the artistic direction demanded by future clients. Topics include colour, composition, balance, perspective, social context, and visual perception.

Global Sourcing and Import/Export (GSOUR)

This course examines the global context of the fashion and apparel industry. Students will examine the process of sourcing with regards to raw materials and global production when importing or exporting across international borders. Students will also investigate importing and exporting considerations.

Graduation Projects & Fashion Show (GPFS)

The finale term is when students independently research, analyze, prepare, and present their final project and fashion show. Advisory committees of instructors will guide and mentor students throughout the final term.

Group Projects 1, 2, 3, 4 (GPRO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Group Projects is provided as a vehicle for students to apply theory and skills to operating in a team atmosphere, mimicking the actual operation of an apparel firm.

History of Costume (HIST)

Students will acquire a broader appreciation and understanding of fashion by examining the history of fashion from the ancient world to the 19th century, as well as trends associated with specific eras, cultures and geographic regions. Students will also examine fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries from both international and Canadian perspectives.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)

This foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever-increasing levels of integration throughout the program.

Introduction to Fashion and Apparel (IFA)

This course provides students with a general overview of the complexities of the fashion and apparel industry. It offers a realistic snapshot of how the industry operates in design, production, and marketing. Through research, analysis, and field study, students will discover the broad scope of the fashion business, from concept styling, to the strategies of manufacturing, merchandising, and retailing.Career possibilities within each sector will also be explored.

Introduction to Industrial Sewing Standards (IISS)

This introductory sewing course examines the basic methods and techniques of industrial garment assembly. Students will learn to identify the different characteristics of knit and woven fabrics relative to seam construction and performance and apply this knowledge to a variety of sewing projects. This course will also familiarize students with the type of industry machinery and equipment found in mass production factories around the World.

Introduction to Manufacturing & Production (IMANP)

This course provides students with a theoretical and detailed overview of manufacturing and production in the fashion and apparel industry. Students will examine various specializations of an apparel firm and how each is interrelated with a focus on the overview of all the steps involved in the production of a commercial garment, from the initial garment to floor-ready.

Marketing and Sales (MARS)

Students will learn how to develop and implement marketing strategies. It is intended to give both a theoretical and practical understanding of marketing decision-making. Students will also be exposed to various sales techniques and the importance of brand image and e-commerce marketing.

Merchandising (MERC)

Students examine and apply the skills required to merchandise a grouping of apparel for sales and marketing presentations, as well as for visual retail display.

Pattern Drafting 1 (PATD 1)

This is a technical course in which the theory of flat pattern drafting is introduced. Students will draft various garment components leading to the construction of muslin samples in Apparel Construction 1. The skill of producing a pattern from a sketch is applied. Students will also complete construction-ready patterns for several basic garments.

Pattern Drafting 2 (PATD 2)

This is a technical course in which the theory of flat pattern drafting is introduced. Students will draft various garment components leading to the construction of muslin samples in Apparel Construction 2. The skill of producing a pattern from a sketch is applied. Students will also complete construction-ready patterns for a designed skirt and a designed pant.

Pattern Drafting 3 (PATD 3)

In this course students will apply more complex skills in pattern making to create more exciting garments.

Pattern Drafting 4 (PATD 4)

This course operates in conjunction with Apparel Construction 4 and Design 4 Menswear & Childrenswear in the execution of garments. Students will be introduced to more advanced drafting techniques and will investigate menswear and childrenswear sizing and standards, as well as applying more sophisticated knock-off techniques.

FDM Portfolio Production Workshop (PPWFDM)

Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre colleges. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to complete a high-quality academic and professional portfolio.

Product Development (PRODEV)

Students examine the product development cycle from inspiration to completed product by exploring various industries utilizing the product development cycle. Students also examine how to apply the product development cycle to the fashion and apparel industry and the use of reverse timeline methods in order to adhere to timelines and deadlines.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.

 

Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

Students will learn about: the college, time management, their personality type and personal strengths, goal setting techniques, values clarification, managing stress and job hunting tips.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

Students will learn about: overcoming conflict, handling stress, assertive communication, group dynamics, negotiation and collaboration.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4) – Success in Career

Students will learn about: cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills, and advanced presentation skills (culminating in an extended presentation to industry panelists).

Textile Art & Design (TAAD)

This course provides students with the theoretical and applied foundation required to alter the surface or appearance of a fabric. Students will examine the principles of design, textile design, and textile art. Students will also explore the types of weaves and knits and corresponding design applications.

 

Textile Science (TEXS)

This course provides the foundational knowledge required to match a design with appropriate fabrication. Students will examine a range of fabrics and identify various weaves, knits, fibre content, and fibre characteristics. Students will examine end uses, methods of colouration and printing, types of finishes, and appropriate care.

 

Trend Forecasting and Analysis (TFAA)

Students will examine and apply the skills required for trend forecasting and analysis to ensure their efforts continue to meet and surpass the needs and desires of any target market. Students will examine trends locally and internationally, and will develop skills required to analyze the origins of an identified trend.

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