About Fashion

Learn to design and create fashion garments. Develop technical skills in fashion show production and styling. Master illustration techniques to communicate apparel design. 

The Fashion degree and certificate programs will prepare you with a strong basis in design concepts, industry terminology, and technical and professional skills expected in the fashion industry.

Explore Potential Careers

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Studying Fashion can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths in the fashion design and merchandising industries. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Fashion designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Fashion stylist
  • Image consultant
  • Retail buyer and assistant buyer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Textile designer
  • Product Developer
  • Fashion Entrepreneur

Learn more about Careers in Fashion

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15A Apparel Construction 1 3  
FASH 22 Textile Analysis 3  
FASH 35A Fashion Illustration I  
FASH 42 Intro to Fashion 3  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  

Total Units: 15-20 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15B Apparel Construction 2 3  
FASH 27 Fashion Draping 3  
FASH 36A Fashion Design I 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
GE Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3  

Total Units: 16-18 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 26 Flat Pattern Design I 3  
FASH 36B Flat Pattern Design 2 3  
FASH 63 Fashion Design and Production Internship 2  
Additional Major Requirement See Counselor 3  
GE Area C Natural Sciences Requirement 3-6  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 17-20

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 23 Fashion History 3  
FASH 137 Fashion Portfolio 1  
FASH 138 Fashion Workplace and Career Essentials 3  
Additional Major Requirement See Counselor 3  
GE Area A Communication and Analytical Thinking 3  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  

Total Units: 16

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH A Introduction to Sewing 1  
FASH 42 Introduction to Fashion Industry 3  
FASH 54A Fashion Styling  
FASH 22 or FASH 44 or FASH 45A Textile Analysis or Fashion Retail Buying and Merchandising or Personal Styling 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  

Total Units: 14-16

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 57 Fabric Glossary 1  
FASH 61 Fashion Merchandising/Marketing Internship 2  
FASH 23 or FASH 56 or FASH 112 Fashion History or Fashion Writing & Publicity or Digital Illustration for Fashion 3  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  
GE Area A Communication and Analytical Thinking 3  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  

Total Units: 15-20

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 49 Visual Merchandising 3  
FASH 55 Icons of Contemporary Fashion 3  
FASH 22 or FASH 44 or FASH 45A or FASH 54B Textile Analysis or Fashion Retail Buying and Merchandising Personal Styling or Advanced fashion Styling 3  
GE Area C Natural Sciences Requirement 3-6  
GE Area E Humanities Requirement 3  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 18-21

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 53 Fashion Forecasting 3  
FASH 48 Fashion Show Production 4  
FASH 60 Fieldwork Fashion Shows and Events 1  
FASH 137 Fashion Portfolio 1  
FASH 138 Fashion Workplace and Career Essentials 3  
GE Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3  

Total Units: 15

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15A Apparel Construction I 3  
FASH 35A Fashion Illustration I 3  

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 27 Fashion Draping 3  
FASH 36A Fashion Design I 3  

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 27 Flat Pattern Design I 3  
FASH 112 Digital Illustration for Fashion 3  

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 16 Garment Fitting Techniques 3  
FASH 23 Fashion History 3  

Total Units: 24

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units
FASH 35A Fashion Illustration I 3
ART 130A Basic Drawing 3

Total Units: 6

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units
FASH 36A Fashion Design I 3
FASH 57 Fabric Glossary 1

Total Units: 4

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units
FASH 35B Fashion Illustration II 3

Total Units: 3

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units
FASH 112 Digital Illustration for Fashion 3
FASH 137 Fashion Porfolio 1
FASH 23 or FASH 55 Fashion History or Icons of Contemporary Fashion 3

Total Units: 7

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 42 Introduction to the Fashion Industry 3  
FASH 54A Fashion Styling 3  

Total Units: 6

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 48 Fashion Show Production 4  
FASH 61 Fashion Merchandising/Marketing Internship 2  

Total Units: 6

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 44 Fashion Retail Buying and Merchandising 3  
FASH 49 Visual Merchandising 3  

Total Units: 6

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 53 Fashion Forecasting 3  
FASH 138 Fashion Workplace and Career Essentials 3  

Total Units: 6

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units
ENTR 101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
ENTR 102 Applied Design Thinking for Entrepreneurship 1.5
DSGN 105 Design Thinking 1.5
MRKT 140 Introduction to Marketing 3

Total Units: 9

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units
FASH 45A Personal Styling 3
FASH 48 Fashion Show Production 4
FASH 54A Fashion Styling 3

Total Units: 10

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH A Introduction to Sewing 1  
FASH 45A Personal Styling 3  
FASH 57 Fabric Glossary 1  

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 45B Advanced Personal Styling 3  
FASH 53 Fashion Forecasting 3  
FASH 54A Fashion Styling 3  

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 54B Advanced Fashion Styling 3  
FASH 60 60 Fieldwork Fashion Shows and Events 1  
FASH 62 Work Experience in Personal Styling 1-3  

Total Units: 19 - 21

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15A Apparel Construction I 3/td>  
FASH 15 Garment Fitting Techniques 3  
FASH 22 Textile Analysis 3  
FASH 26 Flat Pattern Design I 3  

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 27 Fashion Draping 3  
FASH 29 Pattern Grading 1  
FASH 37 Flat Pattern Design II 3  
FASH 57 Fabric Glossary 1  

Semester 3

Choose one of the following courses

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 67A Computerized Pattern Development: PAD 3  

Or

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 67B Computerized Pattern Development: Gerber 3  

Total Units: 23

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15A Apparel Construction I 3  
FASH 22 Textile Analysis 3  

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15B Apparel Construction 2 3  
FASH 16 Garment Fitting Techniques 3  

Semester 3

Choose one of the following courses

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 15C Apparel Construction 3 3  
FASH 26 Flat Pattern Design I 3  

Or

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 27 Fashion Draping 3  
FASH 73 Sewing with Knit and Stretch Fabrics 1  

Semester 4

Choose one of the following courses

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 26 Flat Pattern Design I 3  

Or

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
FASH 27 Fashion Draping 3  

Total Units: 22

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.