Fashion

Overview

Fashion

Fashion is among the largest and most established industries in California and Long Beach City College is located in one of the country’s largest fashion hubs. The fashion industry looks to LA for its “LA style”, trendsetters, influencers, celebrities, and innovations in premium denim, swimwear and active apparel. A fashion education can provide the necessary background and skills for a career in this ever thriving and dynamic field. The LBCC Fashion Design & Merchandising program provides an environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity, multicultural awareness, sustainable practices, hands-on learning, work experience and networking. Our students learn from faculty who have worked in the fashion industry and bring their experience and industry connections to the classroom.

FASHION DESIGN & MERCHANDISING - Program Brochure

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Long Beach City College is located right in the middle of two Southern California apparel hubs; the Orange County action sports industry and the LA fashion district, home to the largest apparel wholesale market in the world, the California Market Center. L.A. fashion is truly a global industry with a range of career opportunities. Long Beach City College Fashion Program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the fashion industry, transfer to a University, and provides the technical skills to start a custom apparel line.

POTENTIAL JOBS

Careers in Fashion Design

  • Designer
  • Patternmaker
  • Technical Designer
  • Textile Designer

Careers in Fashion Merchandising

  • Buyer
  • Costing
  • Merchandiser
  • Product Developer
  • Production
  • Sales
  • Sales Representative
  • Sample Coordinator
  • Sourcing
  • Store Manager
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Visual Merchandiser

Careers in Styling

  • Stylist
     
  • Wardrobe Designer

Degrees & Certifications

Fashion Merchandising (AS + Cert) Curriculum Guide
Fashion Design (AS + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Associate in Science (AS), Fashion Merchandising 

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 20

Introduction to Fashion Merchandising

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

 

See Plan A Options (English Composition/GE)

4

Subtotal: 13 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 5

Product Development

2

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

MATH 115

Applied Math

4

 

See Plan A Options (Technology Proficiency/GE)

1

 

See Plan A Options (Physical Fitness/Wellness/GE)

1

Subtotal: 12 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design & Merchandising

2

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 23

Fashion/Merchandising Buying

4

 

See Plan A Options (Reading Proficiency/GE)

0 – 4

 

See Plan A Options (Humanities and Arts/GE)

3

Subtotal: 12 – 16 Units
FOURTH TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 32

History of Fashion

3

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

 

See Plan A Options (Social Sciences/GE)

3

 

See Plan A Options (Health Education/GE)

3

 

See Plan A Options (Natural Sciences/GE)

3

Subtotal: 13.5 Units

Total: 50.5 – 54.5 Units 

Required Courses

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Merchandising

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 20

Introduction to Fashion Merchandising

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

Major Restricted Elective Course, complete 6 units total from the courses listed below, from the same option. 

Option 1  – Buying

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

or

   

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

or

   

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

or

   

MKTG 40

Salesmanship

3

MKTG 41

Marketing Communications

3

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Option 2  – Product Development

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 39

Garment Technical Packages

1

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Subtotal: 13 – 14 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 5

Product Development

2

FD 32

History of Fashion

3

FD 41

Fashion Promotion

2.5

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

Major Restricted Elective Course, complete 6 units total from the courses listed below, from the same option. 

Option 1  – Buying

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

or

   

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

or

   

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

or

   

MKTG 40

Salesmanship

3

MKTG 41

Marketing Communications

3

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Option 2  – Product Development

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 39

Garment Technical Packages

1

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Subtotal: 11.5 – 16.5 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design & Merchandising

2

FD 23

Fashion/Merchandising Buying

4

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

Major Restricted Elective Course, complete 6 units total from the courses listed below, from the same option. 

Option 1  – Buying

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

or

   

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

or

   

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

or

   

MKTG 40

Salesmanship

3

MKTG 41

Marketing Communications

3

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Option 2  – Product Development

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 39

Garment Technical Packages

1

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

IBUS 1

Intro to International Business

3

IBUS 20

Export-Import Business Practices

3

Subtotal: 8 – 16 Units

Total: 35.5 – 38.5 Units 

Required Courses

Associate in Science (AS), Fashion Design

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

or

   

FD 215

Fashion Sketching 1

 
 

See Plan A Options (English Composition/GE)

4

Subtotal: 18 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 25

Intermediate Apparel Construction

3

FD 37

Pattern Draping

3

FD 5

Product Development

2

 

See Plan A Options (Math Proficiency/GE)

4

 

See Plan A Options (Technology Proficiency/GE)

1

Subtotal: 16 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design & Merchandising

2

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

FD 20

Introduction to Fashion Merchandising

3

FD 38A

Fashion Design 1

3

 

See Plan A Options (Physical Fitness/Wellness/GE)

1

 

See Plan A Options (Social Sciences/GE)

3

 

Reading Proficiency or Accelerated Reading Proficiency

0 – 4

Subtotal: 13.5 – 17.5 Units
FOURTH TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 38B

Fashion Design 2

3

 

See Plan A Options (Health Education/GE)

3

 

See Plan A Options (Humanities & Arts/GE)

3

 

See Plan A Options (Natural Sciences/GE)

3

Choose 3.5 – 4 units from the following Fashion Major Electives

FD 200

Trend Forecasting 

1

FD 27

Production Sewing  

2

FD 32

History of Fashion  

3

FD 41

Fashion Promotion 

2.5

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development 

2

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design 

1 – 4

Subtotal: 15.5 – 16 Units

Total: 63 - 68 Units 

Required Courses

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

or

   

FD 215

Fashion Sketching 1

 

Major restricted elective course, complete 3 units total from the courses listed below.

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design/Merchandising 

2

FD 9

Clothing Selection 

3

FD 20

Introduction to the Fashion Industry 

3

FD 26

Advanced Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

2

FD 213

Textile Surface Design 

1

Subtotal: 11 – 14 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 5

Product Development

2

FD 25

Intermediate Apparel Construction

3

FD 38A

Fashion Design 1

3

FD 37

Pattern Draping

3

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 230

Fashion Design Laboratory
(This course can be taken as a non-credit and may be repeated)

0 – 0.5

Subtotal: 12 – 12.5 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 38B

Fashion Design 2

3

FD 32

History of Fashion

3

FD 39

Garment Technical Packages

1

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

1.5

Major restricted elective course, complete 3 units total from the courses listed below.

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design/Merchandising 

2

FD 9

Clothing Selection 

3

FD 20

Introduction to the Fashion Industry 

3

FD 26

Advanced Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

2

FD 213

Textile Surface Design 

1

Subtotal: 13 – 16 Units
FOURTH TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 38C

Fashion Design 3

3

FD 41

Fashion Promotion

2.5

FD 216

Fashion Portfolio Development

2

FD 258

Swimwear

1

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

Major restricted elective course, complete 3 units total from the courses listed below.

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design/Merchandising 

2

FD 9

Clothing Selection 

3

FD 20

Introduction to the Fashion Industry 

3

FD 26

Advanced Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

2

FD 213

Textile Surface Design 

1

Subtotal: 10.5 – 13.5 Units

Total: 48.5 – 51.5 Units 

Required Courses

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design - Customer Apparel Design

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

or

   

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

Major restricted elective course, complete 5 units from the course listed below.

* Course eligible to take during first semester

*FD 213

Textile Surface Design

1

FD 258

Swimwear

1

FD 38C

Fashion Design 3

3

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

*GBUS 25

Digital & Social Media

3

*MGMT 80

Small Business Entrepreneur

3

Subtotal: 11 – 12 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 25

Intermediate Apparel Construction

3

FD 37

Pattern Draping

3

FD 38A

Fashion Design 1

3

FD 230

Fashion Design Laboratory
(This course can be taken as a non-credit and may be repeated)

0 – 0.5

Subtotal: 12 – 12.5 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 38B

Fashion Design 2

3

FD 26

Advanced Sewing & Tailoring Techniques

2

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

Major restricted elective course, complete 5 units from the course listed below.

FD 213

Textile Surface Design

1

FD 258

Swimwear

1

FD 38C

Fashion Design 3

3

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

GBUS 25

Digital & Social Media

3

MGMT 80

Small Business Entrepreneur

3

Subtotal: 11.5 Units

Total: 34.5 – 36 Units

Required Courses

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design - Patternmaker/Technical Design

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 10

Textile Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

FD 36

Flat Pattern Drafting

3

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

Subtotal: 12 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 25

Intermediate Apparel Construction

3

FD 37

Pattern Draping

3

FD 38A

Fashion Design 1

3

FD 3

Intro to Careers in Design/Merchandising

2

FD 230

Fashion Design Laboratory
(This course can be taken as a non-credit and may be repeated)

0 – 0.5

Major restricted elective course, complete 4 units from the course listed below.

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 20

Introduction to the Fashion Industry

3

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

FD 38B

Fashion Design 2

3

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1.5

Subtotal: 11 – 15.5 Units
THIRD TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 5

Product Development

2

FD 40

Advanced & Production Pattern Drafting

1.5

FD 27

Production Sewing

1.5

FD 39

Garment Technical Packages

1

FD 244

Computer Patternmaking

1

Major restricted elective course, complete 4 units from the course listed below.

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 20

Introduction to the Fashion Industry

3

COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

1

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

FD 38B

Fashion Design 2

3

FD 46

Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1.5

Subtotal: 11 Units

 Total: 34 – 34.5 Units 

Required Courses

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design - Wardrobe Designer/Stylist

This Course Sequence serves as recommended academic plans only. To fine-tune a personalized graduation plan and reach your specific academic goals, please make appointments with LBCC Counselors.


FIRST TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 9

Clothing Selection

3

FD 10

Textiles Fibers & Fabrics

3

FD 24

Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

3

FD 210

Fashion Styling

2

Major restricted elective course, complete 5 units from the course listed below.

ART 31

Fundamentals of Art/Composition & Color

3

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 213

Textile Surface Design

1

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

MGMT 80

Small Business Entrepreneurship

3

Subtotal: 12 – 17 Units
SECOND TERM
Code Course Name Units

FD 32

History of Fashion

3

FD 200

Trend Forecasting

1

FD 41

Fashion Promotion

2.5

GBUS 25

Digital & Social Media

3

Major restricted elective course, complete 5 units from the course listed below.

ART 31

Fundamentals of Art/Composition & Color

3

FD 21

Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

2

FD 45

Digital Fashion Illustration

3

FD 213

Textile Surface Design

1

FD 271 WE

Work Experience – Fashion Design

1 – 4

MGMT 80

Small Business Entrepreneurship

3

Subtotal: 9.5 – 14.5 Units

Total: 25.5 Units 

Required Courses

Certificate of Completion, Fashion Design – Advanced Apparel Construction

Required Courses

Certificate of Completion, Fashion Design – Industrial Sewing and Factory Production Methods

Required Courses

Certificate of Completion, Fashion Design – Swimwear Construction

Required Courses

Certificate of Completion, Fashion Design – Textile Surface Design

Required Courses

Course Offerings

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer Advanced/Capstone
Courses
Only Offered
Every 3-4 Semesters

FD 3
Intro to Careers in Fashion

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FD 5
Product Development

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FD 9
Clothing Selection

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FD 10
Textile Fibers & Fabrics

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FD 20
Introduction to Fashion Industry

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FD 21
Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

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FD 23
Fashion/Merchandise Buying

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FD 24
Fundamentals of Apparel Construction

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FD 25
Intermediate Apparel Construction

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FD 26
Advanced Sewing

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FD 27
Production Sewing

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FD 32
History of Fashion

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FD 36
Flat Pattern Drafting

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FD 37
Pattern Draping

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FD 38A
Fashion Design

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FD 38B
Fashion Design

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FD 38C
Fashion Design

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FD 38D
Fashion Design

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FD 40
Advanced and Production Pattern Drafting

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FD 41
Fashion Promotion

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FD 45
Digital Fashion Illustration

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FD 46
Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

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FD 200
Trend Forecasting

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FD 210
Fashion Styling

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FD 213
Textile Surface Design

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FD 215
Fashion Sketching

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FD 216
Fashion Portfolio Development

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FD 230
Fashion Design Laboratory

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FD 231
Fashion Design Lab – Garment Closures 

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FD 244
Computer Patternmaking

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FD 258
Swimwear

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FD 271WE
Work Experience

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FAQ

What is the difference between Design and Merchandising

Merchandising focuses more on the business end of fashion. This includes math for generating profit, the process of buying, manufacturing concepts, and an understanding of textiles and the fashion design process from concept to creation.

The design side focuses more on the concepts and creation of apparel.  This includes multiple levels of sewing, pattern making, sketching (by hand and on the computer), and design. Course work includes the development of concepts such as trends, color, fabric, and silhouette design.

Both Design and Merchandising require learning computer programs used in the fashion industry, such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I am interested in getting a Bachelor’s degree, are there classes that transfer to a university?

Yes, we work closely with the apparel/fashion programs at CSULB, CSULA, and Cal Poly Pomona. You can visit assist.org to view classes that transfer. You can also meet with a counselor or meet with fashion faculty who can help you identify the classes that transfer.

I am a fashion Design student and don’t know what classes to take my first semester?

We recommend you schedule an appointment with a counselor and with fashion faculty prior to your first semester to make sure you are registered for the appropriate courses. Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

In the Design program, some courses have a specific sequence that needs to be followed. Courses taken in the first semester build the skills you need for courses that you will take in the second semester.  For example:

  • If your first semester begins in the FALL you will register for: FD24 Fundamentals of Apparel Construction, FD36 Pattern Drafting.
  • If your first semester begins in the SPRING you will register for: FD24 Fundamentals of Apparel Construction, FD37 Pattern Draping.

Who are the Career and Technical Education (CTE counselors)?

Alicia Andujo​
(562) 938-4262
aandujo@lbcc.edu
LAC, A-1092

Tom To
(562) 938-4224
tto@lbcc.edu
PCC, GG-207

What is the difference between an Associate of Science Degree and a Certificate of Achievement?

An Associate of Science Degree will prepare you for transfer to a university. It includes both general education coursework and fashion coursework. Many of our fashion students transfer to Cal State Long Beach, Cal State LA, and Cal Poly Pomona’s Fashion programs.

A Certificate will prepare you to go straight into the fashion industry. It focuses only on fashion coursework and has no general education requirements.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work-Study information.

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.