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The fashion program prepares students for employment in the field of design and production or merchandising and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. Upon completing the degree or certificate requirements, students gain proficiency in clothing, construction, fashion illustration, pattern making, draping, computer aided fashion design, and manufacturing. Students completing the requirements for the merchandising option will also gain proficiency in presentation techniques, planning, promotion, fashion coordination, advertising, and sales. 

Competencies will be assessed by portfolios and exhibitions of original apparel design and garments. Students may expect to enter industry as a design assistant, costume technician, fashion consultant, stylist, entry-level pattern maker, quality control assistant, assistant merchandiser, or sales associate.

Fashion 1
Career Opportunities in Fashion

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 2
Presentation Techniques for Fashion

1 unit; 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Art 110 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: Fashion 15 and Fashion 16
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course surveys career opportunities in the fashion industry, including fashion design and fashion merchandising. Students will explore career choice possibilities in terms of their personality traits and will study the characteristics, technology and global interrelationships of segments of the fashion industry through readings, classroom exercises and industry contacts. Students will prepare a job search packet portfolio, including preparation of a resume, cover letter and business cards. This course will assist the student in developing techniques for fashion presentation. Basic concepts and techniques of applied design, including media presentation methods and visual communication are studied.

Fashion 4
(formerly Fashion 4ab)
Computer Fashion Illustration

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Fashion 15 and basic computer skills
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 10
(formerly Fashion 10ab)

Clothing Construction I

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU 


This course introduces the use of illustration (vector) and photo-editing (raster) software (for example: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop) to sketch, illustrate and design apparel and marketing material for fashion. Students will design and develop logos, hang tags, dressed croquis, apparel sketches, and mood boards for fashion advertising. This course provides the analysis and application of basic clothing construction techniques used on woven and knit garments emphasizing pattern and fabric selection, seam and garment construction, and finishing. Students will be trained on the proper use and care of the sewing and overlock machines. Students will construct several garments. Consumer decision-making is emphasized


Fashion 11
(formerly Fashion 11ab)
Clothing Construction II

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 10 with a minimum grade of C
or
equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 14
Apparel Production Techniques


1 unit; 0.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 4, 10, 15, and 26A
Recommended Preparation: Fashion 1 and Fashion 20;
Mathematics 40
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU  

This course offers a study and development of contemporary garment construction using advanced techniques and procedures. Projects include garments made of a currently fashionable but “difficult to handle” fabric. Emphasis is placed on experimentation of the appropriate application of various techniques and procedures in constructing garments with workmanship.
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the activities and documentation necessary to mass-produce a garment or accessory item. In a semi-simulated design room environment, students design, produce, and advertise a product. Grading, documents, tech packs, production, and promotion principles are emphasized.

Fashion 15
(formerly Fashion 15ab)
Beginning Fashion Illustration


2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Art 217
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 16
(formerly Fashion 16ab)

Intermediate Contemporary and Historical Fashion Illustration

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 15 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: Art 217
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU  

This course explores beginning creative sketching and illustration techniques for fashion design and merchandising students. Instruction includes the development of the fashion figure, quick sketches, and technically detailed flat apparel sketches. Students will creatively illustrate fashion design concepts for men, women, and children in relation to correct proportion and scale. Various art supplies will be utilized to create cohesive group presentations targeted at various segments of the apparel industry. This course focuses on contemporary and historic Illustration. Students delve into the study of historical fashion design, how it is properly illustrated, and its application for contemporary apparel design. Historic time periods include the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th and 18th Centuries, Empire, Romantic, Caroline and Edwardian Period to 1980’s. Attention is given to fabric, color, and texture renderings in various mediums.

Fashion 18
Advanced Fashion Illustration Portfolio Techniques

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab Prerequisite: Fashion 16 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: Art 217
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 20
Textiles

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 84
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC 

This advanced fashion illustration and costume design course prepares students to develop a professional portfolio for presentation to employers and to qualify for university transfer. Through lecture and lab, advanced research, rendering, and media techniques, fashion design and merchandising skills are emphasized for perfecting portfolio presentations. This introductory course covers characteristics of textiles for fashion design majors. Students are introduced to: various fibers, yarn types, fabrication, coloring, printing and finishing methods. Selection, use and care of textiles are emphasized


Fashion 23
Fitting and Alterations

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 10 with a minimum grade of C or
equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 26A
Basic Design and Patternmaking

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 10 with a minimum grade of C Recommended Preparation: Mathematics 40
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course teaches alterations and repair of Ready-to- Wear (RTW) clothing and alterations of commercial patterns to conform to body contours. Students analyze the figure and adjust patterns and garments for figure variations. Material covered will be valuable to apparel industry patternmakers and home sewers. This course covers manual flat pattern methods for dress and separates apparel using the basic sample size for women’s and girls’ wear.



Fashion 26B
Basic Dress Design through Draping Process


3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 10 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 27
Fashion Merchandising

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU  

 

This course is the study of draping techniques to create original garment designs. The draping process is the development of a garment through fabric manipulation directly on a dress form. To maintain design integrity, this course emphasizes the relationship of the fabric hand, color print and structure so students will be able to solve unfamiliar design problems. This course introduces students to the fashion merchandising industry. The course content consists of an overview of the fashion industry and career opportunities, which include planning, selecting, selling, and promoting fashion merchandise. Also covered are the merchandising and tracking fashion trends.

Fashion 28
Visual Merchandising


2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 29
(formerly Fashion 29ab)

Computer Pattern Design/Patternmaking

3 units; 2 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Fashion 26A with a minimum grade of C or
equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU  

In this course, students are introduced to the basic concepts, techniques, and planning procedures for the visual approach to selling merchandise. Current methods of visual merchandising are discussed including the use of mannequins, signage, and marketing as well as store planning and layout. This course covers the application of computer pattern aided design software. Students will draft and manipulate basic blocks and garment styles. Students will work in teams to simulate the work environment.

Note: Letter grade or pass/no pass option.

Fashion 31
History of Costume

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Fashion 35
Applied Color Theory


2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: English 84 Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU
This course covers the important periods of costume design, the effects on and relationships to the political, social and economic conditions of the times and how they have influenced life style and culture. Emphasis is placed on both aesthetic and functional aspects of costumes and the importance in the evolution and inspiration of modern dress.  
In this course, students are introduced to the essential theories of color perception and applied problems involving color interaction phenomena, effects, and function that occur in fashion design. Students will use color as a visual language to modify space perception and to generate an emotional response when applied to fashion.  

Fashion 41
Fashion Analysis and Selection


3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: English A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU  

Fashion 44
(formerly Fashion 42abc)
Fashion Show Production and Promotions

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week to be arranged Prerequisite: Fashion 10 and Fashion 41 with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

In this course, students are introduced to the societal importance of apparel and personal appearance. Emphasis is placed on social, psychological, cultural and physical clothing needs. Additional topics include elements and principles of design, wardrobe planning, apparel quality and clothing care, fit, and apparel purchasing.  This course is a study of the planning, directing and coordinating of fashion promotions including the El Camino annual fashion show. Promotions, financing, and vendor selection will be considered in relation to event planning and implementation


 Fashion 95
(formerly Fashion 95abcd)

Cooperative Work Experience Education


2-4 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major.
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

Fashion 99
(formerly Fashion 99abc)
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Fashion with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU*

 
 Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Fashion field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.

Note: Transfer limitations apply.
Note: The total units earned for Cooperative Work Experience Education may not exceed 16 units.

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Fashion not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Fashion projects (54 hours per unit).

Note: Transfer limitations apply.
Note: For eligibility requirements, go to www.elcamino.edu/admissions/credit.asp