El Centro College - Degree Plans - Fashion Design - Apparel Design AAS
El Centro 2013 - 2014 Catalog
Degree Plans - Fashion Design - Apparel Design AAS

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

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  • 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 apparel designer converts the design idea into an industrial paper pattern used in the mass production of clothing. New style trends each season demand individual creative thinking to develop saleable designs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student enters a women's wear or children's wear manufacturing company as an assistant in the design department. Students must complete all FSHN and FSHD courses with a "C" or better to be awarded this degree.

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 2305 Computer Aided Apparel Design 3
+++FSHN 2315 Pattern Drafting III 3
FSHD 1391 Special Topics in Fashion Design and Illustration 3
FSHD 2343 Fashion Collection Design 3
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation OR 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy (3)


FSHN 1393 Special Topics in Clothing/Apparel and Textile Studies 3
FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting 4
FSHD 2344 Fashion Collection Production 3
FSHN 1315 Draping 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
++++Elective 3
Minimum Hours Required 72

+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.
+++Students must make a "C" or better to continue on to FSHN 2432 Advanced Pattern Drafting.
++++Elective must be selected from the following:

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3
ARTS 1312 3-D Design 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTS 2341 Arts Metals/Jewelry I 3
ARTS 2348 Digital Art I 3
FSHN 2380 Cooperative Education - Apparel and Textile Manufacture 3

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.