Austin, Texas, Schools with Sewing Classes
The following resource includes summaries of the two Austin schools that have sewing classes, which are offered as standalone courses or as part of a degree program. Students will also find a handy table with some important school information.
- Located only 1.5 miles from downtown, the University of Texas in Austin offers a bachelor's degree program in textiles and apparel through the School of Human Ecology and the College of Natural Sciences.
- Austin Community College District, located 5.4 miles from downtown, offers a beginning course that teaches students the basics of sewing and how to properly use a sewing machine, as well as a sewing fundamentals course.
Comparison of Schools
Students can use the following table to compare program cost, campus setting and additional information about the two schools. Note that Austin Community College District has an open admissions policy.
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin Community College District|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||51,525||40,803|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$10,398 (in-state); $36,744 (out-of-state)*||$71-$289 per course (2019)**|
|% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||64%||60%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||36%||Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||95%||58%|
|Graduation Rate*||83% (for students who began in Fall 2011)||11% (for students who began in Fall 2014)|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Austin Community College District
University of Texas at Austin
Established in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin offers degree programs through 18 colleges and schools. The university provides a sewing-related bachelor's degree program focused on apparel design and conservation.
Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel: Apparel Design and Conservation
The apparel design specialization in this bachelor's degree program teaches students how to make patterns and samples. During this program, students can learn the professional sewing skills used in fashion design. Classes include topics on draping, apparel technologies and sewn products. Students can earn college credits through internships with a variety of fashion and apparel companies.
This program also offers a specialization in textile conservation, which teaches students about the chemical makeup of fabrics and how to conserve clothing for storage or display in museums and private collections.
Austin Community College District
Austin Community College District offers more than 100 programs and is one of the largest schools in the country. The school holds classes in beginning sewing and fundamentals of sewing.
Sewing Plain and Fancy
Students will learn how to sew and stitch in this basic course. It takes place at Pioneer Farms in Austin, and materials are provided. This is a 1-day class.
Sewing Fundamentals I and II
For the fundamentals class, students learn how to operate a sewing machine before expanding their basic sewing skills. Students enrolled in these courses must bring a sewing machine to class, as well as tape measure, scissors, hand sewing needles and pins.
Once the basics have been mastered, students may want to consider looking at how industrial sewing is done. Students will learn finishing techniques and maintenance of industrial equipment. In order to take this course, students must have completed sewing fundamentals I or II, or an equivalent course.
Sewing with Knits
This course will teach students how to complete an entire garment using knit fabrics. Though students must bring a sewing machine, ballpoint needle, pins, tape measure, seam gauge, pattern, and scissors to class, more materials will be discussed when meeting.