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    Fashion Arts

Program Code:FAA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Fashion Arts design and production is a three-year program which offers you a career–oriented education for the fashion industry. As a Fashion Arts student you will study textiles (both woven and knitted), the history of fashion, computer–aided design and production methods. Through field placement, design competitions and volunteering you have an opportunity to experience the industry, build connections and develop individual creativity and growth. As a student in the School of Fashion you have access to Seneca’s Fashion Resource Centre, a collection of Canadian–worn garments and accessories. This collection offers you opportunities to enhance your studies of design, fabrics and construction techniques.

Field Placement

Field Placement is a valuable component of the Fashion Arts program and is a requirement for graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements

  • Sewing portfolio

Applicant Selection

  • If you have completed a sewing course at a high school or another postsecondary institution, you may be exempt from the garment construction portion of the Sample Portfolio.
  • All other applicants will be contacted with details on how to submit the portfolio information.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 11 or 12 Fashion Skills
    • Grade 12 Mathematics.


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Your Career

Fashion is a timeless art. With your Fashion Arts advanced diploma there are a variety of careers available to you, including designer, assistant designer, patternmaker, grader, samplemaker and production co-ordinator in womenswear and menswear, as well as positions in the areas of marketing, textiles and quality control.


  • Apparel Affinity Group
  • Apparel Human Resource Council
  • Costume Society of Ontario (CSO)
  • Fashion Group International (FGI)
  • Fashion Takes Action
  • The Institute of Textile Science
  • The Textile Museum of Canada
  • Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI)

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Kwantlen Polytechnic University• Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Technology


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Gloucestershire• BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CGC110 Clothing Construction I 4
DSW120 Fashion Design I 3
EAC150 College English 3
PTW110 Pattern Making I 5
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAD202 Fashion Computer Aided Design 2
CGC210 Clothing Construction II 4
DSW220 Fashion Design II 3
FSH200 Evolution of Fashion 3
PTW210 Pattern Making II 5
TXF212 Textiles II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAD302 Fashion Computer Aided Design II 2
CGC310 Clothing Construction III 4
DSW315 Fashion Design III 2
KND362 Knitwear Design 3
PMW310 Pattern Making - Men and Women 4
TXF313 Textiles III 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAD402 Fashion Computer Aided Design III 2
DSW415 Fashion Design IV 2
GRD400 Grading 2
KND462 Knitwear Design 3
PMW410 Pattern Making – Men and Women 4
TMW411 Tailoring for Men and Women 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CGC510 Clothing Construction V 3
DSW512 Fashion Design V 4
PRM501 Production Methods: Apparel Industry & Quality Control 3
PTC502 Computer Aided Pattern Making 4
PTW510 Pattern Making V 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CGC610 Clothing Construction VI 4
DSW615 Fashion Design VI 3
DSW701 Fashion CAD Portfolio 2
PRM600 Production Planning and Quality Control 4
PTW610 Pattern Making VI 4


2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Clothing Construction I
Fashion Design I
College English
Pattern Making I
Semester 2
Fashion Computer Aided Design I
Clothing Construction II
Fashion Design II
Evolution of Fashion
Pattern Making II
Textiles II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Fashion Computer Aided Design II
Clothing Construction III
Clothing Construction III
Knitwear Design
Pattern Making - Men and Women
Textiles III
General Education Option
Semester 4
Fashion Computer Aided Design III
Fashion Design IV
Knitwear Design
Pattern Making IV
Tailoring for Men and Women
General Education Option
Field Placement
Semester 5
Clothing Construction V
Fashion Design V
Production Methods I: Apparel Industry & Quality Control
Computer Aided Pattern Making
Pattern Making V
Semester 6
Clothing Construction VI
Fashion Design VI
Fashion CAD Portfolio
Production Planning and Quality Control
Pattern Making VI

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Dale Peers
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22178
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
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