Apparel Construction Certificate

Start your career in the fashion industry

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  • 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 A.A.S. 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.

F = Fall only course S = Spring only course U = Summer only course

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
FAS 100 3

Description: Introduces students to basic principles of apparel construction techniques. Course projects require the use of industrial sewing equipment. Presents instruction in basic sewing techniques and their application to garment construction. (NOTE: Final project should be completed to participate in the annual department Little Black Dress competition.)

Class Schedule:  Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

FAS 101 3

Description: Introduces the principles of patternmaking through drafting basic block and pattern manipulation. Working from the flat pattern, students will apply these techniques to the creation of a garment design. Accuracy and professional standards stressed. Pattern tested in muslin for fit. Final garment will go through the annual jury to participate in the annual department fashion show.

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

Class Schedule:  Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

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. Final garment will go through the annual jury to participate in the annual department fashion show.

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

Corequisite: FAS 113

Class Schedule:  Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

FAS 104  S   3

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the spring term.

Develops patterns from basic sloper set. Actual construction of finished garments to be shown at the annual department fashion show. Emphasis on styling, fit, and professional finishing.

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

Class Schedule:  Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

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 2020 | Spring 2021

FAS 201  F   3

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the fall term.

Continues advanced development of creative design process through basic draping techniques on industry standard dress forms. Final garments will go through the annual jury to participate in the annual department fashion show.

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

Class Schedule:  Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

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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.

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