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Career Facts - Fashion Technologies Program

Fashion is ...

A product that is desired and used for a period of time by a large group of people, and then discarded and replaced by different and newer fashionable products. Fashionable apparel and textiles are unique compared to other manufactured products (cars, for example), because they are influenced by contemporary art forms like popular music, as well as major visual art movements (such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Abstract Expressionism).

What types of skills are required?

Rendering apparel design or creating textile print and weave designs requires competency in artistic methods. Mathematics is found at the design level with the use of computer assisted design. Fashionable products also incorporate innovations in computer aided manufacturing techniques. And science is used to develop both high-performance synthetic fibers for textiles and new textile structures.

  • Careers in Fashion:
    • Fashion Manufacturing:
    • Design and Merchandising
    • Pattern-making
    • Production
    • Marketing
    • Brand Representative
    • Estimator
    • Fashion Photographer
    • Illustrator
    • Prototype Designer
    • Public Relations
    • Stylist
  • Marketing:
    • Copywriters
    • Artists
    • Visual Merchandising Designers
    • Special Events Coordinator
    • Editorial Assistant
  • Retailing:
    • Merchandising
    • Management
    • Buyer
    • Store line operations
  • Textiles:
    • Fiber & Fabric Development
    • Textile Design and Merchandising:
    • Production
    • Marketing

Where are they employed?

Beginning a career in fashion is best obtained through an internship or apprenticeship while completing your education.

What degrees are available?

There are four options of competition for Fashion Technologies. The first is a 25 credit Certificate of Completion (C. C.) in Fashion Technologies, which prepares students for immediate employment in the Retail Market. New for Fall of 2006 is a 21 credit Certificate of Completion in Apparel Production which focuses on design, development, and production of textile products and related processes and systems.

Alternatively, students may choose to transfer at this level to a higher institution of learning for baccalaureate degree. The third option is a 37 credit Certificate of Achievement (C. A.) in Fashion Technologies, with an emphasis in Visual Merchandising and Display. The fourth option is an Associate Applied Science (A. A. S.) Degree, Fashion Technologies, which has two tracks, one for students pursuing a career in Visual Merchandising and one for students interested in Fashion Technologies/Production. For those interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree, after the A. A. S. degree, Lansing Community Colleges Technologies Careers Programs have an Articulation Agreement with: Sienna Heights College, Northwood University, and Baker College.

What is the average salary?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The median wage of fashion designers was $64,530 in May 2010.  The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.  The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,500, and the top 10 percent earned more than $130,890.

Fashion Technologies at Lansing Community College

Design and Construction Technologies
West Campus, Room M103
Phone: (517) 483-5338
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