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Adult Education Programs in Clothing Design

Fashion and apparel designers create original fashion designs focusing on color, texture, style and individual point of view. Many designers also gain skills in pattern making, cutting and sewing garments. Successful fashion designers create a portfolio of their work to show potential employers. Knowledge of business operations is also important as many designers open their own stores or create their own labels to promote to retail operations.

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Clothing design programs are available through several different institutions and their continuing education departments. Explore some of the school and program options here.

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Program Information

Adult education programs in clothing design are readilyy available, including at The New School, in New York City, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Both are prestigious universities with extensive fashion design programs. These programs teach students the fashion fundamentals needed to break into the industry. Students also learn the ins and outs of the industry, including manufacturing and marketing. Most programs require students to create a professional portfolio and participate in internships. More information is available below.

Schools At a Glance

The New School

  • This 4-year, private institution is located in New York City.
  • The school offers fashion design programs on-campus, but some electives may be completed online.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

  • This school is a 4-year, public institution in Boston, MA.
  • Fashion design programs from this institution are offered on-campus.

Otis College of Art and Design

  • This 4-year, private school is in Los Angeles, CA.
  • The school provides fashion design programs on-campus.

The New School Fashion Design

Continuing education at The New School offers a fashion design certificate program where students will learn about color theory, design sketching, construction techniques, and fashion flats. The basic core of the program will benefit those heavily interested in apparel design. Certificate requirements include a fashion history elective. Students can also choose two additional electives that can further specialize their certification, including an elective in costume design.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Fashion Design

The fashion design certificate at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design is available through the school's continuing education department. This program is offered for those individuals already employed in the field or for those looking to enhance what they already know. Course topics include pattern drafting, tailoring, and creative design. Students participate in projects and internships to gain hands-on experience, and are also required to develop a portfolio.

Otis College of Art and Design Fashion Design

Adult learners can enroll in the fashion design certificate program that is geared toward those wishing to enter the industry. It is ideal for students beginning a new career, augmenting a current one or wishing to enhance their skills. Students learn the fundamentals of design as well as the practical manufacturing requirements. Courses include topics in sewing, the history of fashion, fashion illustration and draping. Students must complete a final project.

Adult learners can find fashion design certificate programs from several institutions, typically through on-campus programs due to the hands-on requirements. These programs prepare students for careers in the industry through internships and courses in design, color theory and more.

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