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Degree Plans - Fashion Design - Pattern Design AAS (includes Program Core Curriculum) (Archived)


(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.


The pattern designer converts the fashion sketch or original garment into an industrial paper pattern used in the mass production of clothing. Drafting is the skill of developing a flat pattern with measurements. Draping is the skill of developing a pattern by placing cloth over a dress form. Upon completion of the program, the student enters a women's wear or children's wear manufacturing company as an assistant in the pattern department.

The Fashion design freshman student is provided a program core curriculum of study related to the fashion industry. The basic fashion core, along with the general education courses, enables the student to enter a specialized track of either Apparel Design or Pattern Design in the second year of studies. Upon completion of the 35-semester hour core, students should select one of two specialties: Apparel Design or Pattern Design.


SEMESTERS I AND II (Program Core Curriculum)


FSHD 1324 Ready-to-Wear Construction 3
FSHN 1313 Basic Color Theory and Application 3
FSHN 1309 History of Costume Through the 18th Century 3
+FSHN 1417 Pattern Drafting I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1332 College Mathematics I 3


FSHN 1325 Basic Women's Tailoring 3
FSHN 1123 Introduction to Mass Production 1
FSHD 1322 Fashion Sketching 3
FSHN 1310 History of Costume: 18th Century to Present 3
++FSHN 1318 Pattern Drafting II 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


FSHN 1301 Textiles 3
FSHD 1318 Apparel Computer Systems 3
+++FSHN 2315 Pattern Drafting III 3
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation OR 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PSYC 2302 Applied Psychology 3


FSHN 1393 Special Topics Clothing/Apparel and Textile Studies 3
FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting 4
FSHN 1315 Draping 3
FSHD 2241 Pattern Grading 2
++++Elective 3-4
Minimum Hours Required 65-66

+Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 1318 Pattern Drafting II.
++Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 2315 Pattern Drafting III.
+++Student must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting.

++++Elective must be selected from the following:

ARTS X3XX Any ARTS course OR 3
FSHN 2380 Cooperative Education - Apparel and Textile Manufacture OR (3)
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers (4)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four year institution of their choice.

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