Fashion & Related Technologies

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, styling 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.

Industry and Technology Education Center

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Fashion Department Coordinator
Dr. Vera Ashley
(310) 660-3593 x3346
Fax (310) 660-3106

Starting at $36,486   Experienced at $112,313

Fashion Department Mission Statement

The Fashion Department of El Camino College is an integral program in the Division of Industry and Technology.  Our primary goal is student success. We strive to achieve the following objectives:

  • To educationally prepare students for entry-level positions in fashion design, fashion merchandising and/or related areas through certificate and associate degree programs

  • To support and prepare students for transfer to colleges and universities to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the area of fashion design, fashion merchandising, and/or related areas

  • To provide programs and experiences that give students applicable hands-on learning, foster professionalism, and create ties within the business community, including networking and internships

  • To encourage teamwork, collaboration, and student awareness of the changing, global, and fast-paced fashion industry through the campus club, "Tailor Made Fashion Club.”