Apparel Construction Certificate

Start your career in the fashion industry

Program facts  arts icon

  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Clothing designer, dyeing machine operator, fabric patternmaker

Learn about pattern making and design with this 18-credit-hour certificate program in apparel construction. You’ll develop entry-level skills in the areas of sewing, flat-pattern design, draping and more.

Harper offers a number of opportunities to get real-world experience in the fashion industry, from an annual Student Fashion Show to Studio V, a professional student-run boutique. You can also participate in the Harper’s Bizarre Fashion Club, along with dozens of other student organizations.

Harper’s apparel construction program is designed to meet the current workforce needs of the fashion design industry. You can apply coursework in the Apparel Construction Certificate toward the AAS in Fashion Design.

Certificate program requirements

This 18 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those students interested in patternmaking and design. The following courses provide entry-level skills in sewing, flat pattern design and draping. Facilities simulate the professional atmosphere of the fashion industry.


Number Course Title Credits
FAS 100 3

Description: Introduces students to the use and care of industrial sewing equipment, notion and supplies. Presents instruction in basic sewing techniques and their application to garment construction.(NOTE: This course is intended for students with little or no sewing experience.)

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

FAS 101 3

Description: Introduces basic industrial techniques of pattern making and draping. Variety of slopers (bodices, skirts, sleeves, etc.) developed. Accuracy and professional standards stressed. Pattern tested in muslin for fit.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in FAS 100 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

FAS 102 3

Description: Continues development of basic sloper set. Manipulates basic sloper set to create original design. Patterns tested in muslin for fit. Garment is constructed from corrected patterns.

Prerequisite: FAS 101 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: FAS 113

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

FAS 104 3

Description: Develops patterns from basic sloper set. Actual construction of finished garments. Emphasis on styling, fit and professional finishing.

Prerequisite: FAS 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

FAS 113 3

Description: Focuses on application and mastery of basic sewing skills in pattern and fabric recognition and problem solving related to individual creative design. Emphasis on technology, technical accuracy and appropriate use of selected materials and supplies. (NOTE: This course is intended for students with basic sewing skill and machine proficiency.)

Prerequisite: FAS 100 with a grade of C or better or placement as demonstrated through Fashion Design Department testing. Contact program coordinator for additional information.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

FAS 116 3

Description: Studies an overview of career and employment possibilities in the fashion businesses and industries. Places emphasis on individual career path selections through interest testing and career counseling. (NOTE: Concurrent employment of ten hours or more in a fashion related field is required. Contact program coordinator for additional information.)

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

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Next steps

For more information about the Apparel Construction Certificate program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.