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.

  • 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
Program Contact
CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 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, Creative, Media 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. Materials extra.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: TEXTFA220 or FASH10032
Equivalents: FASH10029
Course description: An introduction to the flat pattern method which provides the basic drafting skills used in designing. Emphasis is placed on drafting accuracy, development of various skirt designs, and working with standard and personal measurements. Students will design a skirt in fabric and colour of their choice. Sewing skills are essential.
Credits: 3
Course description: Transferring fashion ideas to paper is an essential step in fashion design. This course is intended for fashion design students and others interested in this skill. Students learn how garments appear on the figure with emphasis in drawing details, fabrics and textures which can later be interpreted for pattern drafting. Various drawing materials - ink, charcoal, and watercolour wash, also receive attention as ways to illustrate designs.
Credits: 2
Course description: Further develop your skills in pattern design with attention to drafting and designing the bodice and hip length block working with standard and personal measurements. Development of various bodice, collar, and neck line designs. You will be required to design a dress or blouse as a course project. PREREQUISITE: FASHFA200.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHFA200
Course description: This workshop provides an opportunity to gain a higher level of proficiency utilizing their knowledge from previous courses. Various design projects will be completed in class time; starting from the draft, working through the muslin stages 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: In this fascinating study, students will explore the development of costumes from ancient times to present day. Students will also develop a skill for recognizing how styles/trends from the past recur throughout history and influence modern designers in their creation of today's new looks.
Credits: 3
Course description: Examine small business principles and entrepreneurship and develop certain entrepreneurial skills that are important for successful small business ownership. Explain the historical and political context of small business in Canada. Develop knowledge and skills related to identifying opportunities, business networking, time management, the business plan, small business market research, franchising, and risk management. Identify your entrepreneurial potential and begin to build a professional development strategy / career path to realize this potential.
Credits: 4
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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Explore Student Services available

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

Employment Opportunities

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