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    Fashion Arts

Program Code:FAA
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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 the Seneca 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.

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).

Applicant Selection:

  • A Sample Portfolio, including a letter of intent, a résumé, and a demonstration of garment construction will be required for admissions consideration to this program. The results of academic achievement (i.e. grades in pre–requisite courses or their equivalents), letter, résumé, and garment construction sample will provide the basis upon which selection of applicants is determined. Please click here for the Sample Portfolio instructions. If you have completed a sewing course at a High School or another Post Secondary institution you may be exempt from the garment construction portion of the Sample Portfolio.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Grade 11 or 12 Fashion Skills;
    • Grade 12 Mathematics.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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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.

Affiliations and Associations

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

Field Placement

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

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which EAC150 is a pre-requisite.

Important Academic Dates

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


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
PTW410 Pattern Making IV 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


Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
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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