Program: Fashion Design

Overview

Fashion Design & Merchandising

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

Careers in Fashion Design, Merchandising, Buying, Product Development, Technical Design, Styling and more!

  • LBCC teaches the computer programs that ensure your success in the fashion industry; Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and Gerber technology.
  • LBCC Fashion specialty classes in swimwear construction, textile surface design, and advanced sewing techniques will shape your fashion portfolio and make your web page stand out.
     

Degrees & Certifications

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by Fashion Design & Merchandising Program.

REQUIRED COURSES – Fashion Design (AA + Cert.)

REQUIRED COURSES – Assistant Designer/Stylist (C-ACH)

REQUIRED COURSES – Fashion Merchandising (AA + Cert.)
 

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Fashion Design

Plan Code: 1324 – This degree will provide technical training as part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for those students wishing to transfer to a college or university in fashion design or related majors.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Create an environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, soft skills, multicultural and global awareness and understanding of social organizational and technological systems.
  • Predict fashion trends and analyze form, silhouette, proportion, texture and drape or fabric to develop a fashion line for a target customer.

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design

Plan Code: 3324 – The Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for entry-level positions in the apparel design and manufacturing industry. This comprehensive course of study will provide students with technical, practical and conceptual development skills resulting in a professional fashion design portfolio.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Predict fashion trends and analyze form, silhouette, proportion, texture and drape of fabric to develop a fashion line for a large customer.

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design – Patternmaker/Technical Design

Plan Code: 3319 – The Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for entry-level position as a patternmaker in the apparel design and manufacturing industry.

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design – Samplemaker 

Plan Code: 3323 – The Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for entry-level position as a samplemaker in the apparel design and manufacturing industry.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Provide educational opportunities in the field of fashion for career development, advanced study and professional development.
  • Demonstrate advanced sewing skills and techniques of apparel construction.

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Fashion Design – Assistant Designer/stylist

Plan Code: 1325 – This degree will provide part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for those students wishing to transfer to a college or university in fashion or related majors.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Create an environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, soft skills, multicultural and global awareness and understanding of social organizational and technological systems.
  • Provide educational opportunities in the field of fashion for career employment, advanced study, and professional development.
  • Predict fashion trends and analyze form, silhouette, proportion, texture and drape of fabric to develop a fashion line for a target customer.

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Design – Assistant Designer/Stylist

Plan Code: 3325 – The Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for entry-level positions in the apparel design and manufacturing industry. This course of study will provide students with conceptual development and basic skills in fashion design.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Provide educational opportunities in the field of fashion for career employment, advanced study and professional development.
  • Predict fashion trends and analyze form, silhouette, proportion, texture and drape of fabric to develop a fashion line for a large customer.

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Fashion Merchandising 

Plan Code: 1326 – This degree will provide industry specific training as part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for those students wishing to transfer to a college or university in Fashion Merchandising or related majors.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Create an environment that promotes critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, soft skills, multicultural and global awareness and understanding of social organizational and technological systems. 
  • Provide educational opportunities in the field of fashion for career employment, advanced study and professional development. 
  • Calculate markups, markdowns, and open-to-buy using formulas. 

Certificate of Achievement, Fashion Merchandising

Plan Code: 3326 – This Certificate of Achievement will prepare students for careers in all phases of retailing and manufacturing in the growing California Fashion Industry. Students will be equipped for entry-level positions such as Buyer, Assistant Buyer, Merchandise Manager, Fashion Coordinator, Fashion Director, Display Specialist, Stylist, Advertising, Sales Promotion, Department Manager, Consumer Consultant, Store Manager, Fashion Illustrator, Area Manager plus various opportunities in Apparel Manufacturing and Textiles.

Course Offerings

View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic plannings.

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
Intro to Manufacturing for Design

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FD 9
Clothing Selection

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FD 10
Textile Fibers and Fabrics

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FD 20
Introduction to Fashion Industry

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FD 22A
Merchandising for Profit

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FD 22B 
Merchandising for Profit

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FD 23
Fashion/Merchandise Buying

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FD 24
Beginning Sewing

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FD 25
Intermediate Sewing

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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 36A
Pattern Drafting I: Basic Block  

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FD 36B
Pattern Drafting II: Pattern Manipulation

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FD 37A
Pattern Draping I: Basic Sloper

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FD 37B
Pattern Draping II: Sloper Manipulations  

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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 Show Production

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FD 45A
Digital Fashion Illustration

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FD 45B
Advanced Digital Fashion Illustration

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FD 70
Work Experience-Issues

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FD 200
Fashion Prediction/Promotion:  Crit View

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FD 213
Textile Surface Design

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FD 214
Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

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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 241
Fashion Show Promotion and Management

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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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Course Descriptions

FAQ

What classes should I take if I am undecided about majoring in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising?   

If you are undecided we recommend that during your first semester at LBCC you take some of the core classes that are required for both Design and Merchandising.  As you learn more about the fashion industry and where your interests lie  you can then focus on specific course work and degree. 

Core courses include: 

Course Code Course Name
FD 3 Intro to Careers in Fashion
FD 9 Clothing Selection
FD 20 Introduction to Fashion Industry
FD 24 Beginning Sewing
FD 45A
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FD 214
Digital Fashion Illustration
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Quick Sketch Croquis Drawing

 

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 the fashion design process from concept to creation.  Careers can include Product Development, Buying, Sales, Visual Merchandising, and more.

Design focuses more on the concepts and creation of apparel.  This includes multiple levels of sewing, patternmaking, sketching (by hand and on the computer), and design.  Course work includes 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 eventually getting a Bachelor’s degree, are there classes that transfer to a University? 

Yes, we have classes that articulate with Cal State.  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 need 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: 
Fall – First Semester
FD 24 Beginning Sewing
FD 36A Pattern Drafting I: Basic Block  
FD 36B Pattern Drafting II: Pattern Manipulation
Spring – Second Semester
FD 25 Intermediate Sewing
FD 37A Pattern Draping I: Basic Sloper
FD 37B Pattern Draping II: Sloper Manipulations  
FD 38A Beginning Sewing

 

If your first semester begins in the Spring you will register for:  
Spring – First Semester
FD 24 Beginning Sewing
FD 37A Pattern Draping I: Basic Sloper
FD 37B Pattern Draping II: Sloper Manipulations
Fall – Second Semester
FD 25 Intermediate Sewing
FD 36A Pattern Drafting I: Basic Block
FD 36B Pattern Drafting II: Pattern Manipulation
FD 38B Fashion Design

 

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

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

I notice that some classes are only offered in the Spring and some only in the Fall.  How do I know which classes will be offered each semester so I make sure to enroll accordingly? 

Please see “Course Offerings” located between “Degrees & Certificates” and “Course Descriptions”.  In addition, you can make an appointment with a counselor and with fashion faculty prior to your first semester to make sure you are registered for the appropriate courses.  

What sewing classes can I take after completing FD24? 

After completing FD24 you can take FD25 Intermediate, FD27 Production, and FD258 Swimwear.  

What is the difference between an AA and a Certificate? 

An Associate of Arts Degree will prepare you for transfer to a Cal State.  It includes both general education course work and fashion course work.  Many of our fashion students transfer to Cal State Long Beach or Cal Poly Pomona’s Fashion programs.

A Certificate will prepare you to go straight into the fashion industry.  It focuses only on fashion course work 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 & LOOK UP 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.