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    Certificate Requirements

    • Course requirements: 6-8 online and/or on-campus courses, 4-6 required courses, and 2 electives. You may enroll in Fashion Design Basic Core OR Color Theory, Design Sketching I, and Construction Techniques I as your first required course(s). If you have taken Basic Core, please register for Construction Techniques II as your next required class. If you are beginning your certificate and are not taking Basic Core, you must register for Construction Techniques I.
    • Timeline to completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.
    • Cost: $814-$834 per course

    Create groundbreaking apparel. Only a school ranked No. 1 worldwide for fashion education can give you a 360-degree immersion in fashion design, trends, history, and foundational techniques. The program develops each designer’s vision while cultivating the technical skills needed for the fashion industry — from concept development and sketching to sewing and construction techniques, draping, patternmaking, and textile selection. Finish your fashion design studies by learning how to create the perfect fashion portfolio, and polish your job-seeking skills with Professional Practices: Fashion.

    Start by completing one of the following foundational course options:

    • Fashion Design Basic Core


    • Color Theory
    • Design Sketching I
    • Construction Techniques I

    After you complete your foundational courses, your next step will be to enroll in the following:

    • Construction Techniques 2
      Building on the basic draping, patternmaking, and sewing skills learned in Construction Techniques I, explore intricate draping exercises to design more tailored apparel and study advanced patternmaking applications. Make muslin tests of garments and use fabric to create a finished garment. Prerequisite: Construction Techniques I or the equivalent.
    • Fashion Flats
      Flat sketching is an essential part of garment production. It communicates details in the design and construction of a garment, from concept to marketing. This course introduces the professional techniques used to create fashion flats, ranging from traditional hand sketching to the use of Adobe Illustrator to produce sketches digitally in a vector format. Prerequisite: Familiarity with the Mac operating system. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is recommended. 

    • Worth to Westwood: Fashion History
      In this course, we explore fashion beginning with the father of haute couture and concluding with the designer who brought punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream. We discuss fashion in its historical context, examining economic and technological influences, as well as those from the world of arts and artists. Broad thematic considerations include the nature of fashion (what it is and what it does) and its relationship to modernity, production and consumption, art, and globalization and customization, as well as identity and the body. We assess the relationship of key designers, events, and movements to these broad themes, covering fashion and art from Charles Worth’s haute couture to the designs of the woman who dressed the Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood.

    After you complete these courses, your final step will be to enroll in two electives.

    • Two electives - Choose from our offerings in graphic design, digital design, fashion design, fashion business, interior design, and fine arts. View elective offerings here.

    Want to go further? Explore the AAS degree program in Fashion Design at Parsons.