Associate of Science in Fashion Design - Not for Transfer (AS)

Division: Consumer/Family Studies

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Fashion Design through the study of designing and creating garments and accessories for manufacturers or to start a business. Students will acquire skills in design for apparel and accessories, pattern creation, selection of materials, and marketing finished products.

Program Outcomes

  • Have a basic knowledge of garment construction and pattern drafting methods related to fashion industry standards.
  • Be able to apply elements and principles of design to the development and creation of designed garments using the following learned skills as they pertain to fashion industry standards: identification and knowledge of textiles, garment construction and pattern making.
  • Be able to identify and appraise a variety of career paths within the fashion industry.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: fashion designer, pattern drafter, pattern grader, sample maker, production manager, shipping manager, manufacturer’s sales representative, dressmaker, tailor and alterationist.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
Required Major Courses (18 Units)18
Color and Design *
Principles of Fashion
Clothing Construction
Advanced Sewing and Tailoring
Fashion Design-Pattern Making
Restricted Electives (3 Units)3
Select three units from the following courses:
Intro to the Fashion Industry
Visual Merchandising and Sales
Basic Sewing
Electives (17 Units)17
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education Requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).