Fashion Design


Fashion Design



Liberty Campus
School of Arts and Social Sciences
English, Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts Department
410-462-8404

• Fashion Design Degree (185)
• Fashion Retailing Option (187)
• Fashion Design Certificate (186)

Want to know what you will learn from this program? Here is the list of learning outcomes, and this same list is also available using the navigation menu sidebar. (Printable PDF file here.)

BCCC offers several options in the area of Fashion Design: two different two-year courses of study leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fashion Design (or a Fashion Retailing option within that degree) and a 43-46 credit Certificate in Fashion Design.

Students who choose the Fashion Design Degree, will receive a technical background in illustrating original designs, patternmaking, and clothing construction to transform their designs into finished garments. Students in the Fashion Merchandising option, take selected business and fashion courses as they prepare for challenging careers in the retail management sector of the fashion industry. The Fashion Design Certificate emphasizes the procedures and techniques needed to start a fashion design business or to upgrade skills.

Through classroom and hands-on experience, students develop skills in operating a small business, merchandising, management, display techniques, costuming, patternmaking, and fashion show production. Freelance and entrepreneurial aspects are stressed. The program was cited for teaching excellence and innovative curriculum design by the Textile Manufacturers Institute.

Students whose placement testing indicates a need for skill development in reading, writing or mathematics will be required to take developmental courses. Arts/Science for Transfer Students: Pre-100 and CLT-100 are program requirements for graduation.

Fashion Design Degree (185)
The Fashion Design Degree is structured for the student who plans to pursue freelance and entrepreneurial careers in the fashion field, or is seeking immediate entry into the fashion industry. Students prepare for careers as designers, assistant designers, computer designers, patternmakers, tailors, fashion stylists, and in the area of specialized design services.

Fashion Retailing Degree Option (187)
The Fashion Retailing option is available to students seeking employment in the retail sector of the industry. Students pursue careers in management, retailing, merchandising, purchasing, selling, fashion coordination, advertising, marketing and related areas.

Fashion Design Certificate (186)
The Fashion Design Certificate is intended for students who are seeking entrepreneurial careers in the fashion industry, or for the professional seeking to upgrade skills. These students either choose not to pursue an associate’s degree, or already have degrees in a related field. Students study apparel construction, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and other related fashion courses.

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