Associate of Science in Fashion Design (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.

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
ART 006Color and Design *3
FASH 076Textiles3
FASH 141Principles of Fashion3
FASH 160Clothing Construction3
FASH 161Clothing Construction 23
FASH 162Fashion Design-Pattern Making3
Select three units from the following courses:
FASH 140Intro to the Fashion Industry3
FASH 142Visual Merchandising and Sales3
FASH 263Basic Sewing3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

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).