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Fashion Design

Fashion Design Diploma

The Art Institute of Vancouver can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Fashion Design program, you’ll develop skills in design and patternmaking. You’ll learn both traditional and computer-generated design as you develop your own sense of design and style. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as costume designer, assistant fashion buyer, fashion designer, or seamstress.
Fashion Design

Program Description

Available at the Renfrew campus.
90 credits - 28 courses - 18 months - 6 quarters - Diploma

The Fashion Design program offers the ability to transform design ideas into garments and accessories as well as knowledge of the business side of the fashion industry. In the design segment of the program, students develop skills in garments construction and design including tailoring, flat pattern drafting and draping as well as computer pattern drafting and grading to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of apparel engineering. In addition, marketing courses enable the students to develop, analyze and implement effective market strategies.

The faculty nurtures creativity and teaches hands-on skills using traditional tools as well as industrial equipment similar to those found in the fashion design field. The combination of professional marketing skills and technical knowledge will prepare students for entry level positions in the industry such as a junior designer, pattern grader, management trainees, visual merchandisers and assistant merchandise buyers.
Fashion Design

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