Fashion Design & Merchandising Courses

(More detailed information on MPC Fashion courses can be found on the bottom of this page and in the MPC Course Catalog, also see Fashion Major Road Map for an example 2-year course plan for Fashion majors)

FASHION DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING
UNITS
FASH 15             Textiles
 3
FASH 50              Introduction to Fashion
 3
FASH 52              History of Fashion
 3
FASH 61              Garment Construction I
 1.5
FASH 68              Flat Pattern Design I
 3
FASH 71              Flat Pattern Design II
 3
FASH 80              Textile Design
 1.5
FASH 81              Business and Marketing Practices
 3
FASH 82              Fashion Illustration
 2
FASH 85              Fashion Merchandising*
 2
FASH 86              Apparel Design*
 2
Credits in Major
27 units
Select one course from the following from Creative Arts/Graphics

ARTG 10             Intro to Computers for Graphic Arts
 4
ARTG 11             Introduction to Photoshop
 4
Major Requirements
31 units
Recommended Career Enhancement Coursework

COOP 91.17       Fashion Work Experience
1-4
BUSI 52              Retail Store Management
 3
BUSI 54              Introduction to E-Commerce
 3
THEA 24             Fundamentals of Costume Design
 3
Additional Coursework
10-14 units

Course Descriptions

FASH 15 - TEXTILES
3 Units  •  LG-P/NP  • Three hours lecture

This course is a study of plant, animal, and manufactured fibers and fabrics, textile products, weaves, designs, and finishes.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC

FASH 50 - INTRODUCTION TO FASHION
3 Units  •  LG-P/NP  • Three hours lecture

This course addresses the creation, production, marketing, and merchandising of fashion. Topics included are business aspects and socioeconomic, political, international, and technological influences on fashion. Emphasis is placed on all levels of the fashion industry.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2

FASH 52 - HISTORY OF FASHION
3 units  •  LG-P/NP  • Three hours lecture

This course is a study of historic costume as it affects practical fashion usage and theatrical cinematic costume design. The evolution and recurrence of genre and high-fashion apparel are integrated into the course.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

FASH 61 - GARMENT CONSTRUCTION I
1.5 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  On hour lecture; two hours lab

This course presents a study of clothing materials, construction, and design. Included are the selection and use of sewing equipment and tools, fabrics and patterns, quality indicators, and cost-effective clothing production methods.

  • Advisories: FASH 68
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Materials fee: $20

FASH 68 -  FLAT PATTERN DESIGN I
3 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is an introduction to the principles of pattern making used to translate design into original garments. Terminology, structure of the apparel industry and design workrooms, and introduction to computer-assisted apparel design are included.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Materials fee: $20

FASH 71 - FLAT PATTERN DESIGN II
3 units  •  LG-P/NP  • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course focuses on the development of intermediate pattern making and sample garment construction skills. Draping, drafting and flat pattern manipulation techniques are used to create styles to meet the needs of a targeted customer. Focus is on fit, problem solving, and appropriate construction techniques.

  • Advisories: FASH 61; FASH 68; eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Materials fee: $30

FASH 80 - TEXTILE DESIGN
1.5 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  One hour lecture; two hours lab

This course explores techniques of adding design to woven textiles via a form of printing such as painting, stamping, stenciling, marbleizing, and batiking, as well as rendering fashion fabrics and prints with Adobe Photoshop. Other forms of textile design to be explored include needle arts such as embroidery, knitting, crocheting, applique stitchery, smocking, reconstructing fabric, and distressing fabric. Preparation and production of yarns, including dying techniques using natural, native and historically important methods are also covered. Concepts include creativity, originality and craftsmanship.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • Materials fee: $20

FASH 81 - BUSINESS AND MARKETING PRACTICES
3 units  •  LP-P/NP  •  Three hours lecture

This course is a study of business and marketing practices for the secondary and tertiary (wholesale and retail) soft good industry. Concepts and application include establishing and operating a soft good business, merchandise planning, marketing and promotion.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

FASH 82 - FASHION ILLUSTRATION
2 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  One hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a study of flat sketching for the fashion industry, costume illustration for the theatre, and drawing techniques for fashion communication. A variety of media is explored, and students develop a portfolio

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

FASH 84 - PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION
1.5 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  One hour lecture; two hours lab

This course is a culminating course for Fashion Design & Merchandising certificate programs. Students compile a portfolio that includes such items as work philosophy, career goals, resumé, work samples, and letters of recommendation and community service, with a particular emphasis on work samples in their area of specialization.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU

FASH 86 - APPAREL DESIGN
2 units  •  LG-P/NP  •  One hour lecture; three hours lab

This is a culminating course for the Fashion Design and Merchandising program. The course focuses on the process of apparel design with emphasis on the application of the elements and principles of design as they apply to fashion. The development of apparel collections for specific markets, seasons, and price points is explored. Students compile a professional portfolio showcasing wok samples in their area of specialization.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A; FASH 50; FASH 82
  • Credit transferable: CSU