Fashion Design - 804

Mohawk College Certificate
Successful and confident fashion designer

Intended for experienced dressmakers, fashion teachers and others interested in fashion and design, which can lead to a challenging career opportunity or for personal enrichment. The program skillfully combines two separate but complementary components - technical skills in pattern design and drafting, allowing you to move beyond dependence on commercial patterns and the creation of individualized designs. This is coupled with other fashion related areas including drawing, colour and figure theory, textile and costume awareness. This broad-based knowledge encourages participants to appreciate the potential for creative expression and individuality inherent in fashion.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

  • Personal enrichment/growth
  • Employment opportunity
  • Development of creativity and identity in designing garments for yourself and others
  • Hands- on practice - opportunity to design and create designs from paper to the finished product
  • Creating your own patterns using standard and personal measurements
  • Enhancement in sewing skills
  • Development of the pattern making skills from basic to advanced
  • Introduction to fashion drawing and colour theory
  • Explore how fashion is cyclical - influence from past historical periods/eras
  • Awareness of textiles - natural and man-made
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Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.
  • Sound knowledge of dressmaking skills is required for the pattern making courses.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Colour is an important consideration in fashion and garment design. Through illustrated lectures, explore colour theory, design principles, figure analysis and the basics of personal colour analysis. Experience will be gained through hands-on demonstrations and completion of assignments.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: FASH10028
Course description: Enhance your skills in sleeve drafting working with standard and personal measurements. Explore various sleeve styles and use your new drafting skills by designing two outfits.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHFA210
Equivalents: TEXTFA220
Course description: Develop accurate drafting techniques for professional design and fit of pants, coats and other outerwear.
Prerequisites: TEXTFA220 or FASH10032
Equivalents: FASH10029
Course description: Work with the flat pattern method to develop basic drafting skills used in designing. Concentrate on drafting accuracy, and working with standard and personal measurements. Design a skirt of your choice. Advanced sewing skills essential.
Course description: Learn to transfer fashion ideas to paper. Focus on drawing details, fabrics and textures to be interpreted for pattern drafting and explore drawing materials and ways to illustrate designs.
Credits: 2
Course description: Focus on drafting and designing the bodice and hip length block working with standard and personal measurements. Develop bodices, collars, and neck line designs. Designing a dress/blouse is required.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHFA200
Course description: Enhance your design skills and gain a higher level of proficiency utilizing previous drafting knowledge. Completion of several projects, starting with the draft, working through the muslin stages and on to the finished project.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASH10029 or FASH10033

Select 1 from the next 3 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description:
Course description: Explore the development of costumes from ancient times to the present. Recognize how styles/trends from the past recur and how they have influenced designers in their creation of today's new looks.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore fabric basics with emphasis on natural and man-made fibres, yarns, fabric construction, finishes. Become knowledgeable about the selection and care of fabrics available on the market.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: TEXT10029
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Learning Outcomes

Development and enhancement of skills in the various fields of the fashion area.

  • Opportunity to create individual designs from start to finished product apply the essential of pattern making
  • Enhance dressmaking skills
  • Proficiency in accuracy in completing pattern designs
  • Illustrate design elements effectively

Career Opportunities

  • Self employment - small business/entrepreneur
  • Employment in established fashion business - retail, studios, manufacturers