Apparel Design and Merchandising


illustration of woman walkingThe Apparel Design and Merchandising (ADAM) Program offers fundamental and advanced training in fashion design and production. Our curriculum is industry-driven and meets current trends and technology in an ever-expanding field.

ADAM offers an affordable education and the opportunity of a creative and financially stable career.

Whether you’re interested in working in the fashion industry or just want to take a class and meet other creative people, this is the program for you.   Space is limited so register early.

You can earn your AA degree or Certificate of Completion in Fashion Design in about 2 years.

Many classes are also transferable to 4-year state universities.


Illustration of woman with a nest in her hair“I received a great education at a fraction of the cost when compared to other Bay Area design schools. I earned my certificate in Fashion Design, graduated with no school debt and am now working for a top clothing company in the Bay Area!” – Beth C.


“Best fashion design program for your money. You’ll learn a lot while having fun, too. The teachers are fabulous, friendly, supportive and knowledgeable.” – Jessica C.


ADAM instructors are industry professionals in the areas of Apparel Design and Manufacturing.  They have worked and taught in the major fashion markets of London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montreal.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)


  • Student will acquire the basic skills and knowledge needed to obtain, compete, and sustain gainful employment within the vast global field of the fashion industry.
  • Student will be able to communicate and present one’s self effectively with confidence in a multi-diverse global fashion market.Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:
  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods


Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link(s) below describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the latest completed academic year (as of July 1). Full-time status is defined as a student that enrolls in 12 units for both the fall and the spring semesters of a given academic year.