Learning Recommendations:  This class is recommended for students who are interested in learning about all aspects of the fashion industry, from apparel design, textiles, and merchandising.

General Description:  The Fashion Design and Merchandising course exposes students to careers in and skills needed for employment in the fashion industry. In the first, one-semester course, students develop the foundational skills needed to be successful in the fashion industry. Throughout the course, students learn components necessary to build their fashion portfolio to showcase their skills and work and can be used to interview for schools, employment, and internships. The fashion program is affiliated with FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), providing students opportunities to build leadership skills, engage in community service projects, and participate in competitions.

Course Content:

  • Career Exploration
  • Textiles
  • Sketching
  • Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Quality Standards
  • Basic Sewing and Construction
  • Fashion Portfolio

Strategies: Students will learn through:

  • Direct instruction
  • Hands-on learning
  • Individual and team work
  • Guest speakers
  • Participation in FCCLA

Homework:  There is no homework assigned for this class. However, some students require additional time for in-class assignments and finish them at home.

Course Fee / Materials:  Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link.  Students will be asked to provide fabric for a couple of sewing projects or choose from donated fabric. 

FINE ART CREDIT NOTE: This course counts as a fine art credit for graduation but may not meet the four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts.