Fashion Certificate Programs

Completing a fashion certificate program can help you break into a fashion career. Keep reading to see what your program options are and what kind of classes you'll take. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Fashion Certificate Program?

The fashion industry focuses on the designing, creating, marketing and selling of clothes, accessories and footwear. Fashion certificate programs are designed to help you enter this industry. Most certificates emphasize a specific area of the fashion process. Some certificates are designed for those who already have a bachelor's degree, while others are geared towards individuals that are right out of high school.

Certificates may have prerequisite courses that need to be fulfilled before admission. Additionally, while most are offered for credit, some are not and may be more flexible as far as requirements and prerequisites. Fashion business or merchandising certificate programs may be available online or feature courses on nights and weekends to help with scheduling.

Purpose of Fashion Certificate Program Study emphasizes a specific area of the fashion process to help an individual enter the industry
Program Categories Fashion design or fashion merchandising
Program Curriculum Sewing, draping and textile design, textile markets, fashion promotion, retail management strategies

What Are My Options?

Most fashion certificate programs fall into two main categories: fashion design or fashion merchandising. Fashion design deals with the creation of products, whereas fashion merchandising focuses on marketing and sales. Additionally, certificates may be available in general fashion, computer-aided drawing (CAD) for apparel, patternmaking, tailoring, consulting, fashion styling and specialized areas like haute couture, sustainable fabrics, millinery and footwear. Certificate programs are generally offered at community colleges, universities and specialized art or fashion schools.

What Classes Will I Take?

The classes you take will depend on which certificate you are working towards. For example, a general fashion certificate will include elements from both design and merchandising, while a more specialized certificate program like CAD for apparel may assume you are already knowledgeable in some areas before you begin taking courses.

If you decide to pursue a fashion merchandising program, you will take courses in textile markets, fashion promotion, consumer behavior, retail management strategies and trend forecasting. Fashion design programs may have courses along the lines of sewing, illustration, apparel construction techniques, patternmaking, draping and textile design.

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