Seattle Schools with Sewing Classes
The following resource includes a summary of the sewing options at three Seattle colleges and universities. Students will also find a table with at-a-glance facts about the three featured schools.
- The University of Washington, located 4.5 miles from downtown Seattle, is the largest school on this list, but does not offer degree programs in sewing. Instead, it offers a mix of sewing classes for students who want to pick up basic skills for personal hobbies and crafts.
- Students who want a degree that involves sewing can enroll at Seattle Community College, which offers an associate degree in apparel design. The college is located a little over one mile from the downtown.
- A third option is Seattle Pacific University, which is the only school on this list to offer a bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles. This university is located 3.5 miles from downtown Seattle.
Comparison of Schools
The following table provides students with an easy way to compare course and program costs at the three featured schools. Degree-seeking students will also find information about financial aid, acceptance rates and other essential school facts.
|University of Washington||Seattle Central Community College||Seattle Pacific University|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||44,784*||6,773*||4,217*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$44-$420 per class**||$3,891 in-state; $9,083 out-of-state*||$37,086*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||56%*||80%*||98%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||55%*||N/A - Open admissions policy||83%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||94% full time*||N/A||85% full time*|
|Graduation Rate (students began 2008)||84%*||25%*||75%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Washington.
University of Washington
The sewing classes are offered by the University of Washington's Experimental College. Students who enroll in the Experimental College do not earn course credit. Rather, the classes help students acquire basic skills that can be used for hobbies or personal enhancement.
Topics cover computers, dance, culinary arts and photography. All of the courses are taught by current university students who want to give the community an opportunity to take fun and purposeful classes. Some of the classes take place for one day, while others are offered as part of a weekly series.
Sewing Classes Offered
The Experimental College includes two sewing classes for basics and basic sewing and design students. All of the classes are hands-on and give students the opportunity to work on sewing projects and use sewing equipment.
One class gives students an introduction to the sewing machine and how to use it. There's another course that covers the basics of sewing and the different types of stitches. Students who are interested in the fashion industry can take the fashion design and pattern making class to learn about textiles, tailoring, clothing construction and fashion trends.
Seattle Central Community College
Students who earn a degree from the community college generally qualify for entry-level work in the fashion industry as pattern makers, stylists and assistant designers. The college prides itself on offering students an education that is often less costly than university teachings. Students who may not want to work after earning their degree can transfer to a 4-year university to earn a bachelor's degree that relates to fashion.
Associate of Applied Science in Apparel Design & Development
This degree program helps students understand the design and construction of all types of clothing. Students will learn about textiles, computer software, pattern making and line development as it relates to the fashion industry. There's also a business element that allows students to learn about product development and retail management. There are courses that specifically cover sewing by introducing students to sewing equipment, techniques and projects. Throughout the program, students can build a portfolio and resume that can help them gain entry-level employment after graduation.
Seattle Pacific University
This private university provides students with a Christian liberal arts education. Students are encouraged to explore their creativity through workshops and classes that explore all types of fashion. The school also hosts networking events for students to meet with fashion professionals. There's a student-run campus club called Fashion Group that organizes clothing drives and awareness campaigns.
Bachelor of Arts in Clothing and Textiles with an Emphasis in Apparel Design
In total, students need to earn a minimum of 77 credits for this degree. Within the program, students take 31 credits worth of classes that strictly focus on apparel design and cover concepts like fashion illustration. In addition, students learn about the fashion industry and the history of costumes. There's an opportunity to gain professional experience through an internship. Students who want to learn about sewing can choose between numerous classes that cover the clothing construction process and the sewing equipment needed as part of apparel design.
Minor in Clothing and Textiles
The minor in clothing and textiles is for students who want to gain a strong overview of the field while majoring in another discipline. There are six core classes and a choice of electives in subjects such as fashion illustration and retail merchandising.