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Get Started in Fashion Design

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

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Accreditation and Affiliations

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Related Programs

Check out other programs in Design or Management and Business Administration.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Developing Skills for Success

This is a hands-on program that includes sketching, sewing, cutting, pattern making and draping to create original garments. Knowing the fundamentals of design backward and forward will prepare you for the fast pace of the fashion industry.

Faculty Profiles

Fashion Design faculty members have not only relevant degrees but also experience in the industry, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Our instructors work closely with you, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.

See profiles of some of our Fashion Design faculty.

Transfer Information

Fashion Design courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Additional Information

Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • College Board’s Major: Fashion Design summarizes the profession and gives tips on finding fashion design schools.
  • Fashion Group International is a global, nonprofit, professional organization with more than 5,000 members in the fashion industry. Its mission is to provide insight on major trends and a gateway to the influence that fashion plays in the marketplace.
  • On Becoming a Pattern Maker” offers tips by El Centro alumnus Kathleen Fasanella.
  • Education Portal’s “How to Become Pattern Maker” offers information on job skills and necessary training.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Fashion Design program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.