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Fall 2017 Course Catalog 
Fall 2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Design & Technology A.A.S.

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School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Professional Careers
HEGIS: 5012
Curriculum Chair: Stacy Scibelli
Telephone: 914-606-5620


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined

The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

Program Description

The Fashion Design & Technology degree is a two-year career program leading to an associate in applied science (AAS) degree that enables students to understand how apparel is produced for various markets considering creative, technical, and costing factors. Graduates of the program will be prepared to fill various positions within the fashion industry, such as: junior patternmakers; design assistants; technical design, graphic design and production assistants; textile specialists; and product development assistants. They will learn the technical skills required to check pattern specifications, review samples for fit, and make sure garments are produced correctly before approving the final production sample that will be manufactured into finished products.

Students develop skills in critical thinking, textiles, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, apparel design, fashion illustrating, computer-aided design and graphic development skills used in the design fields from apparel manufacturing to accessories to home products. This interdisciplinary program gives students an opportunity to develop their creative, technical, and business skills with a heavy focus on the use of computers and technology; reflecting the trend in the new world of fashion.

In their final semester, students will develop an apparel portfolio and showcase the technical aspects of the finished garments. In addition, graduating students will complete a senior project incorporating innovative technical design solutions for specific product lifestyle stages.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in the fashion industry and/or higher level education in fashion design & technology.
  2. Demonstrate design development competency through visual portfolios.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use industry language and professional demeanor to communicate ideas and concepts necessary for design and product development.
  4. Demonstrate the technical skills required to communicate ideas and concepts visually through fashion illustration and design. 
  5. Demonstrate creative self-expression through fashion design and conceptual development of fashion products. 

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements - 21 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses 

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (3 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

The Arts (3 credits)

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Western Civilization – see SUNY General Education Courses 

Minimum Total Credits - 60

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

Career Path Opportunities

Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit for more career resources and contacts.

Transfer Opportunities

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit for additional transfer resources and contacts.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started

Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.


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