Sep 30, 2022  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Fashion Design & Merchandising: Technical Apparel Emphasis: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 67 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
Library Square Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-2000
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Program Manager - Mojdeh Sakaki
Faculty - Maria Skelton

Program Description
Those working in Technical Apparel fields are involved in almost every stage of product development, including specifications, grading, patternmaking, sample making, fit, and production. They often work as part of a fashion design team, working closely with designers, manufacturers and merchandisers, and are integral to the production of a high-quality product. A sharp eye for fashion and a solid understanding of patternmaking are necessary for success in this field.

Students electing to pursue an AAS Degree in Technical Apparel will acquire skills and hands-on training such as pattern drafting, draping, apparel production, and creating “tech pacs,” using industry specific equipment in order to prepare them for Technical Apparel career pathways. Additionally, students will learn about important industry topics such as sustainability and social responsibility. Students will be prepared for entry-level work in a wide range of careers such as technical designers, sample makers, and pattern technicians.

Career Opportunities
Opportunities in the field of Technical Apparel include, but are not limited to:

• Technical Designer
• Apparel Designer
• Apparel Technical Design Manager
• Product Developer
• Pattern Designer
• Apparel Sourcing Specialist
• Production Pattern Maker
• Pattern Layout Technician
• Pattern Technician
• Sample Maker
• Pattern Digitizer
• Pattern Grader
• Cutter

Transfer/Articulation Information
This degree is designed for students to directly enter the workforce. The degree does not transfer, but courses do. Students intending to transfer should contact the Program Manager, Faculty, or Programs Advisors.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $700 - $1,000
Supplies: $400
Course Fees: $200 - $250.

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to discuss the fashion industry and how the numerous segments of the industry intersect, as well as the workings of the fashion industry including apparel design, merchandising and product development.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate an understanding and command of appropriate industry terminology and the ability to communicate with a professional demeanor in order to effectively share ideas and concepts necessary for the development and production of apparel products.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team, exhibiting effective decision making, and communicating respectfully and successfully with others in order to resolve conflicts while maintaining mutual cooperation.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate competence in applying technical knowledge and industry specific computer software skills.

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Demonstrate the ability to use oral, written and visual skills in applying quantitative and qualitative analysis and employ superior problem solving skills in planning, creating, and critiquing tasks associated with apparel development and production.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of design and the ability to analyze and correctly use them in the design process from research to concept, to final garment.

1, 2, 4, 7

Demonstrate the ability to skillfully take a garment from initial conception through the entire design and production process, including: pattern development, fabric selection, construction, fitting, technical specification packet (tech pac) development, and final production.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate the ability to use domestic and industrial sewing equipment along with various sewing methods and techniques to construct a variety of professionally finished garments.

1, 3, 4

Demonstrate competency in apparel design and development through creation of a technical apparel design portfolio, for use in self-promotion and effective marketing in the industry.

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose 1 course from the following Distribution Areas

Advising Notes

Students are required to complete 67 (min.) credits to receive their degree. Consult with the Program manager, faculty, or an advisor with questions regarding various potential pathways.

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before courses may be taken.

For information on clubs or organizations within the Fashion Institute, contact the SLCC Fashion Club advisor.

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