• Commonly Asked Questions


    What is the Fashion Design Transfer Program?

    The Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) offers degrees and certificate in Fashion Design and Fashion Retailing. Through classroom and hands-on experience, students develop skills in operating a small business, merchandising, management, display techniques, costuming, patternmaking, and fashion show production. Freelance and entrepreneurial aspects are stressed. The program was cited for teaching excellence and innovative curriculum design by the Textile Manufacturers Institute.

    What Will I Learn?

    Students will learn to:

    • Use critical and ethical reasoning to explain how the fashion industry is impacted by current events
    • Identify ethical issues that impact the fashion industry and identify possible responses
    • Apply knowledge of world cultures to design products.
    • Execute a product or concept which demonstrates the elements of design such as style, color, proportion, fabrication, and others
    • Implement the skills of design in the fashion design process
    • Conduct market research from a design or retailing perspective, analyze the market information, and make an informed decision based upon the data
    • Use current and relevant design and retailing software

    What Careers Use These Skills?  

    With a degree or certificate in fashion design, you can have a career as a fashion designer, tailor or work in retail management. You can also work as a freelance fashion stylist or costume designers.

    The national and state employment trends report the following.

    • Median wages (2011) $31.10 hourly, $64,690 annual
    • Projected growth (2010-2020) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
    • Projected job openings (2010-2020) 6,700

    What Degree or Certificate Can I Earn?

    You can earn:

    • An Associate’s of Applied Science in Fashion Design
    • An Associate’s of Applied Science in Fashion Design, Retailing Track
    • A Fashion Design Certificate

     

    BCCC offers several options in the area of Fashion Design: two different two-year courses of study leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fashion Design (or a Fashion Retailing option within that degree) and a 40 credit Certificate in Fashion Design. If you who choose the Fashion Design Degree, you will

    receive a technical background in illustrating original designs, patternmaking, and clothing construction to transform your designs into finished garments. The Fashion Design Certificate emphasizes the procedures and techniques needed to start a fashion design business or to upgrade skills. Students can also transfer to a

    4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

    What Courses Will I Take?

    Always check with an advisor to determine what courses to take. All BCCC students must meet the College’s computer literacy requirement in order to receive a degree or certificate. All students are required to complete the PRE 100 course within the first six credits. PRE 100 is an academic achievement preparation course earning one credit. The following is a list of courses.

     

     

    Course (Fashion Design)

    Credits

    Preparation for Academic Achievement

    1

    History of Art I or History of Art II

    3

    English Writing

    3

    Apparel Technology or Advanced Apparel Technology

    3

    Fashion Design Concepts

    3

    Survey of Textiles

    3

    Beginning Drawing

    3

    Historic Costume and Textile Development

    3

    Flat Pattern Design

    3

    Visual Merchandising

    3

    Fundamentals of Speech Communication

    3

    Mathematics

      3

    Optional Elective: Cooperative Education

      1

    Technical Fashion Illustration

      3

    Computer-Assisted Pattern Design

      3

    Design by Draping I

      3

    Survey of Art, Literature, and Music

      3

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

      3

    Design by Draping II

      3

    Tailoring Techniques

      3

    Fashion Entrepreneurship

      3

    Fashion Show Production

      3

    Health and Life Fitness

      2

    Biological and Physical Sciences

      3-4

    Program Total (with optional elective) 67-68

     

     

    Course (Fashion Design Retailing)

    Credits

    PRE 100 Preparation for Academic Achievement

    1

    ART 113 History or History of Art II

    3

    Introduction to Business

    3

    English Writing

    3

    Fashion Design Concepts

    3

    Survey of Textiles

    3

    Computer for Business Management

    3

    Visual Merchandising

    3

    Principles of Supervision

    3

    Marketing

    3

    Fundamentals of Speech Communication

    3

    General Education Requirement: Mathematics

      3 

    Optional Elective: Cooperative Education

      1

    Apparel Buying and Retailing

      3

    Survey of Art, Literature, and Music

      3

    Principles of Business Management

      3

    Advertising

      3

    General Education Elective: Social and Behavioral Sciences

      3

    Survey of Apparel Retailing

      3

    Fashion Entrepreneurship

      3

    Fashion Show Production

      3

    Principles of Selling

      3

    Health and Life Fitness

      2

    General Education Elective: Biological and Physical Sciences

      3-4

    Program Total (with optional elective) 67-68

     

     

    Course (Fashion Design Certificate)

    Credits

    Preparation for Academic Achievement

    1

    Apparel Technology or Advanced Apparel Technology

    3

     

     

    Fashion Design Concepts

    3

    Survey of Textiles

    3

    Historic Costume and Textile Development

    3

    Flat Pattern Design

    3

    Visual Merchandising

    3

    Optional Elective: Cooperative Education

    1

    Technical Fashion Illustration

    3

    Computer-Assisted Pattern Design

    3

    Design by Draping I

      3

    Design by Draping II

      3

    Tailoring Techniques

      3

    Fashion Entrepreneurship

      3

    Fashion Show Production

      3

    Certificate Total (with optional elective) 41