Fashion Design Program
This program teaches students how to use the techniques of top designers to illustrate and tailor garments. The program produces a full scale fashion show annually which includes model casting, line creation, and styling for the runway.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) – Fashion, Textiles and Apparel Certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 51%-75% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 25% or less 76% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Sewing machines
- CAD programs
- Vinyl cutter
- Paint brushes
- Seam rippers
- Hand stitching needles
- Wide variety of fabrics
- Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
- Clothing: Fashion, Fabric & Construction
- Lab coats are to be worn over clothing at all times
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Creativity and the ability to think outside the box to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems; willingness to try
Manage own time and time of others
Take the initiative; perform tasks without having to be told
Work individually and in groups; positive and professional attitude
Accept constructive criticism and react in an appropriate manner
Operate and use sharp tools independently; basic knowledge of tools and machinery
Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement
Communicate information effectively with peers and instructor by giving full attention to what other people are saying, asking appropriate questions, and not interfering at inappropriate times
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
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Shan Oliver is the Fashion Design instructor at North Tech High School. This is his second year teaching at North Tech High school. Shan has worked in the Fashion industry over 15 years. He has studied Fashion Design under the leadership of Jay Singleton at Washington University where he was molded into running a fashion business under “Shan Keith Designs”. Shan was also a finalist on Project Runway, Under the Gunn in 2014. He hopes to motivate and led students into obtaining successful careers in the fashion industry.