Students that pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Apparel Design and Technology will study the creative process from concept through to production using industry-standard technology solutions. The program prepares students for a rewarding career in the fashion industry by developing both the creative fashion skills and analytical problem-solving abilities required for success in the industry.

JCCC’s Fashion Merchandising and Design department prides itself on updating course materials and student learning outcomes to align with the current industry.   Graduates of JCCC’s Apparel Design and Technology, AAS degree program are well-prepared with skills in garment construction, technical drawing, patternmaking, draping, fit analysis and garment specifications.  The Apparel Design and Technology program features the integration of industry-standard technology solutions such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Gerber Accumark and Gerber Yunique PLM throughout the curriculum.

Apparel Design and Technology graduates are challenged to create and develop a collection of original designs for the annual FM&D fashion show.  Participation in the annual fashion show provides students with opportunities for industry networking while at the same time developing content for their digital portfolios.  Required internships give students industry-related job experiences and help to build lasting business partnerships. Travel for credit and study abroad programs provide invaluable experiential learning opportunities that students can add to their academic resume and portfolio. 

Whether your goals are to obtain an entry-level position or to further your education at a 4-year design school, you will be prepared for success and have a solid foundation with an Apparel Design and Technology, AAS degree from JCCC.

Students must complete all FASH courses with a “C” or higher to be awarded the AAS degree.

(Major Code 2950; CIP Code 50.0407)

Fashion Merchandising & Design Program web page

Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

FASH 121Fashion Fundamentals3
FASH 122Aesthetics for Merchandising and Design3
FASH 123Apparel Construction I4
ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 120Business Mathematics* (or higher)3
Total Hours16

Second Semester

FASH 124Apparel Construction II*4
FASH 130Fashion Drawing3
FASH 131Flat Pattern Development*4
FASH 133Computer Aided Apparel Design3
FASH 150Textiles for Fashion3
Total Hours17

Summer Semester

Communications Elective ^3
Total Hours3

Third Semester

FASH 180Draping*3
FASH 190Apparel Fit, Alterations and Analysis*3
FASH 224History of Costume3
FASH 270Apparel Product Development*3
FASH 282Fashion Internship1
Humanities Electives ^3
Total Hours16

Fourth Semester

FASH 127Advanced Patternmaking*4
FASH 255Apparel Specification Technology*3
FASH 282Fashion Internship1
FASH 297Capstone: Apparel Design and Technology*4
Social and Behavioral and Sciences Elective ^3
Total Hours15

Total Program Hours: 67


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