Seattle Schools with Sewing Classes
The following resource includes a summary of the sewing options at two Seattle colleges and universities. Readers will also find a table with at-a-glance facts about the featured schools.
- Students who want a degree that involves sewing can enroll at Seattle Central College, which offers an associate degree in apparel design. The college is located a little over one mile from the downtown.
- Another option is Seattle Pacific University, which offers a bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles. This university is located 3.5 miles from downtown Seattle.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table provides students with an easy way to compare course and program costs at the two featured schools. Degree-seeking students will also find information about financial aid, acceptance rates and other essential school facts.
|Seattle Central College||Seattle Pacific University|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||6,928||3,783|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$3,795||$40,893|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||64%||98%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open admissions policy||91%|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||N/A||79% for full-time students|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)*||25%||69%|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.
Seattle Central College
Students who earn a degree from this 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 in the apparel design program 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 Apparel Design
In total, students need to earn a minimum of 77 credits for this degree. Within the program, students take 28 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 in topics like basic clothing construction and pattern design, as well as a choice of electives in subjects such as fashion illustration and retail merchandising.