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  • Starts
  • Duration

    12 - 18 months

  • Time

    evenings, weekends

  • Location
  • Mode
    In Person




Step into a rewarding career as a fashion designer, illustrator, seamstress, merchandiser, or costume maker. You will learn about both the creative and technical sides of the fashion industry through hands-on activities, demonstrations, special events, and field trips. Fashion Design students also participate in fashion shows, award competitions, and networking opportunities.

This certificate is offered in conjunction with the Nevada Association of Fashion Design (NAFD), a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with the goal of training Nevada’s emerging designers and promoting the state’s fashion industry.

This Program is Perfect For

Anyone interested in a career in fashion design, garment production, or fashion merchandising. Courses are also open to individuals who sew for personal enjoyment.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Design, analyze, and construct a garment.
  • Modify and create an original pattern.
  • Describe the elements of the fashion industry.
  • Apply techniques of design.
  • Prepare a self-promotion storyboard, a color board presentation, and a business plan.

Program Details

To earn the Fashion Design Certificate you must successfully complete five core courses plus an additional 4.8 CEUs of elective courses. Courses may be taken individually to expand your skill set.

**Students who started their certificate program prior to the fall 2017 semester do not have to take Fashion Design: Elements & Principles.

** Students who started their certificate program prior to fall 2020 and completed Basic Sewing instead of Sewing: The Stitch Room will need to complete 7.2 CEUs of electives.

Elective offerings vary by semester. Refer to course listings for upcoming classes.

Once you fulfill all certificate program requirements as outlined in the Academic Plan, you may request your certificate.