About the Fashion Design Program

As a Fashion Design student, you will work hands-on alongside seasoned industry professionals who make up our faculty. Build a foundation in the history of fashion, global fashion trends, color theory and preliminary sketching. Advance your knowledge and skills with courses in design, technical flat sketching and illustration, pattern drafting, sewing, draping, garment production, and more. You will also learn how to use Adobe Creative Suite and CAD software.


Your classroom is a real-world workshop, where you will sketch garments, cut patterns, source fabrics and materials, and construct sample garments for your own line. These pieces become part of your ever-expanding body of work, which you will compile into a portfolio to help you transition to a 4-year fashion program or enter directly into the fashion industry.


We provide opportunities to visit design houses and manufacturers as well as hear from retailers, merchandisers, and stylists. Top fashion schools and employers value Santa Monica College Fashion Design graduates for their motivation, focus, and dedication to their craft.


Design a creative career fueled by your passion.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science Degree - Fashion Design Associate in Science Degree Icon

40 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Fashion Design Certificate of Achievement Icon

40 units

Fashion design students develop skills in design communication, including preliminary sketching, technical flat sketching, illustration, and usage of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD software. Skills in draping, pattern-drafting from draping and body measurements, and basic sewing skills to advanced construction are developed in order to create sample garments for production and sales.

PDF FileView Requirements Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement - Fashion Design

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Fashion Designers An Associate Degree $67,528