Fashion Technologies graduates are employed in all areas of the fashion industry. This includes areas as diverse as fashion design, fashion editing, visual merchandising and display, advertising, marketing, production supervision and transportation interiors.
Rendering apparel design or creating textile print and weave designs requires competency in artistic methods. Mathematics is needed at the design level with the use of computer-assisted design. Fashionable products also incorporate innovations in computer-aided manufacturing techniques. Science is used to develop both high performance synthetic fibers for textiles and new textiles structures.
Apparel Merchandising and Design Technologies Associate in Applied Science Degree
This program prepares students to promote product lines/brands and organize promotional campaigns at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contacts and perform operations connected with the distribution and sale of apparel and accessories: includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling and customer relations, retailing, apparel technologies, distribution, customer sales and service skills, and principles of consumer research and sales forecasting. The Associate in Applied Science degree provides students with an option for a career or the requisite foundation for transfer to a four-year college or university.
Apparel Merchandising and Design Technologies Certificate of Achievement
Merchandise displayers, or visual merchandisers, plan and erect commercial displays such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores or at trade exhibitions. Those who would work on building exteriors erect major store decorations, including building and window displays, and spot lighting. Those who design store interiors, outfit store departments, arrange table displays, and dress mannequins. In large retail chains, store layouts typically are designed corporately through a central design department. To retain the chain's visual identity and ensure that a particular image or theme is promoted in each store, designs are distributed to individual stores by e-mail, downloaded to computers equipped with the appropriate design software, and adapted to meet individual store size and dimension requirements.
Apparel Merchandising and Design Technologies Certificate of Completion
This program prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the merchandising of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. Instruction includes apparel design; accessories design; the design of men's, women's, and children's wear; computer assisted design and manufacturing; concept planning; designing specific materials; labor cost and analysis; fabric art and printing; and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.
Apparel Production Certificate of Completion
The Apparel Production program for fashion related industries focuses on the design elements, development, and production of textile products and related processes and systems. It includes instruction in functional and aesthetic design, commercial sewing, production processes, planning, estimating, and quality assessment. Students may gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the fashion related production process in a supervised fashion internship. Students with this certificate of completion may find entry-level employment in various capacities from textile and apparel related retailing to fashion industry related production jobs; or students may continue their career education by transferring to a four-year institution or by completing course requirements for a certificate of achievement or an associate of applied science degree.
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