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Fashion Studies

Available: Fall

Program Description

The Fashion Studies certificate program incorporates the design aesthetics of fashion with the business communication skills required for any career in the fashion industry. Subjects in both design and merchandising are structured to allow you to explore creative skills and design applications.

The Fashion Studies curriculum combines an exploration of visual culture and trend forecasting with basic design principles. Applied studio-based projects develop skills such as drawing, rendering, mixing and applying paint, as well as colour theory and fibre exploration.

By nature, careers in fashion design, retailing and visual merchandising are creative. However, knowledge of business practices and the ability to think and make sound judgements are also necessary for success in this industry. Research abilities, multi-tasking skills and an appreciation for the business and art of fashion will also help you achieve your career goals.

Following this two-semester certificate, you’ll be in an ideal position to make an informed decision about continuing your studies in one of the other exciting fashion programs within the School of Fashion at Seneca.



2 Semesters (1 Year)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

The fashion industry is ever-growing and evolving. The Fashion Studies program is also a great way to experience college life while exploring subjects such as design, drawing and fashion communications. As a graduate of the Fashion Studies program you will be well equipped to make an informed decision about your dream career and which of our exciting fashion diploma programs will help you get there.


  • Apparel Affinity Group
  • Apparel Human Resource Council
  • Costume Society of Ontario (CSO)
  • Fashion Group International (FGI)
  • Fashion Industry Liaison Committee
  • Fashion Takes Action
  • Textile Museum of Canada
  • Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Carol Crombie 416.491.5050 ext. 26220

Program Chair

Gitte Hansen 416.491.5050 ext. 22160


Mark O'Connell, program co-ordinator of the Fashion Studies program, talks about what students can expect to learn studying fashion at Seneca. Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

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