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Overview

This program is designed to meet the challenging standards of the fashion industry. Applying professional practices, students learn the essential skills to draft patterns to produce a variety of garments. Emphasis on craftsmanship and speed is combined with a professional approach to practical courses. Graduates may elect to be entrepreneurs in their own business or work in the industry.

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New students are invited to attend an information session.

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

DCP103
Basics of Garment Construction
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This course introduces students to the industrial sewing machine, simple patterns and basic fabric preparation. Preparation of fabric, correct measuring, layouts & cutting procedures precede the construction of two garments. Garments are constructed using recognized industrial methods with an industrial single needle machine and a serger.




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DCP150
Fashion Design
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This course assists students to develop an imaginative, skillful and sensitive approach to fashion design. A series of creative projects and drawing exercises allows the exploration of the elements of design. Working with different media strengthens the sense of aesthetics and design organization skill in fashion.




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DCP120
Pattern Making Level I
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DCP103

Students learn the basic principles of pattern drafting, using flat pattern methods and basic pattern designing. Topics include use of traditional darted blocks, skirt and bodice, with special emphasis on dart control and manipulation, yokes, flaring techniques, fullness, facings and waistbands.




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DCP220
Pattern Making Level II
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DCP120

Students are introduced to advanced pattern making techniques used in the drafting of dresses, blouses and shirts, and drafting of the sleeve block into more stylized sleeves. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, fit, and the correct interpretation of styling for design purposes, as well as preparation of dartless blocks. Flat pattern methods using darted and dartless blocks are also included.




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DCP320
Pattern Making Level III
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DCP220

This course builds on the knowledge and skills learned in DCP120 & DCP220. The student is introduced to more advanced pattern making skills, including the pant and raglan sleeves. This course also covers blocks and patterns for jackets, including two piece sleeve and notched collar.




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DCP330
Custom Block Making
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DCP120

Endless styling and design possibilities exist when students have their own comprehensive and verified blocks. This course integrates accurate measuring and personal fitting techniques enabling students to draft a complete set of customized master blocks. Using a step-by-step approach, students produce a custom fitted set of blocks that include bodices, skirts, sleeves and pants.




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Other Courses of Interest

PTC503
PAD System Pattern Design and Grading
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This course is an introduction to computer aided design using PAD System Software. Students will digitize patterns, manipulate basic blocks, grade and create piece lists using the software to meet industry needs.




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Program Outcomes

Upon graduation, successful students will be able to:

  1. Prepare the industrial sewing machine and serger for use.
  2. Operate the industrial sewing machine and serger.
  3. Use patterns following the correct cutting instructions.
  4. Construct samples that show alternative methods of constructing garments.
  5. Draft patterns for garments of various designs and fabrics.
  6. Conduct a thorough individual custom fitting.
  7. Produce a custom fitted set of blocks that include bodices, skirts, sleeves and pants.
  8. Assess the principles of line, shape, space and form related to fashion design.
  9. Illustrate features of a garment through the use of technical drawings and presentation boards.

Completion

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

Program Contacts

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
Maria.Graziosi@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22512


Mary Duldouras
Part-time Program Coordinator
Mary.Duldouras@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24122


Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
Barbara.Pimenoff@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24019


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.