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    Fashion Studies

Program Code:FST
Duration:2 Semesters (1 Year)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The Fashion Studies Certificate program incorporates the design aesthetics of fashion with the business communication skills required for any career in the fashion industry. Courses in both design and merchandising are structured to allow you to explore creative skills and design applications.

The Fashion Studies curriculum combines an exploration of visual culture and trend forecasting, with basic design principles. Applied studio–based projects develop skills such as drawing, rendering, mixing and applying paint, as well as colour theory and fibre exploration.

By nature, careers in fashion design, retailing and visual merchandising are creative. However, knowledge of business practices and the ability to think and make sound judgements are also necessary for success in this industry. Research abilities, multi–tasking skills, and an appreciation for the business and art of fashion will also help you achieve your career goals.

Following this two–semester certificate, you'll be in an ideal position to make an informed decision about continuing your studies in one of the other exciting fashion programs within the School of Fashion at Seneca.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support the management of a fashion organization through the effective application of computer skills and knowledge of information technology.
  • Facilitate the completion of fashion design and fashion business–related assignments by demonstrating research, visual, verbal and written communication skills, as appropriate.
  • Support the completion of tasks and the meeting of deadlines in a fashion business or fashion design environment through the application of effective time management organizational skills.
  • Create two– and three–dimensional designs and media explorations.
  • Apply the theories of idea generation to program projects.
  • Create visual communication in various media using colour theory and drawing skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of fashion and the sociological and psychological factors which influence the shape of fashion historically and today.
  • Discuss the ethical challenges facing the fashion industry today and the sustainable solutions being practiced today and proposed for the future.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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).

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

The fashion industry is ever–growing and evolving. The Fashion Studies Program is also a great way to experience college life while exploring subjects such as design, drawing and fashion communications. As a graduate of the Fashion Studies program you will be well equipped to make an informed decision about your dream career and which of our exciting fashion diploma programs will help you get there.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Apparel Affinity Group
  • Apparel Human Resource Council
  • Costume Society of Ontario
  • Fashion Group International
  • Fashion Industry Liaison Committee
  • Fashion Takes Action
  • Textile Museum of Canada
  • Toronto Fashion Incubator

Important Academic Dates

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


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
FST101 Concepts and Design I 5
FST110 Colour and Trend Forecasting 3
FST120 Drawing and Illustration I 4
RBC155 Business Communications I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FST201 Concepts and Design II 5
FST210 Drawing and Illustration II 4
FST220 Materials Exploration 4
FST230 Sustainable Fashion 3
FST250 Capstone Portfolio 3
RBC251 Business Communications II 3

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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 Co-ordinator: Mark O'Connell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26558
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
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Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell, program co-ordinator of the Fashion Studies program, talks about what students can expect to learn studying fashion at Seneca.

Seneca’s Fashion Resource Centre

Seneca’s Fashion Resource Centre is a collection of more than 10,000 garments and fashion accessories dating from the mid-1800s to present day. Everything in the collection, from the Victorian corsets to the designer originals, is used as teaching aids for student in Seneca’s fashion programs.


Highlights from Fashion Studies on flckr

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