Apparel Design and Merchandising
The Apparel Design and Merchandising (ADAM) Program offers affordable 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.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a fashion designer or just want to take a class and meet other creative people, this is the program for you. ADAM offers an affordable education and the opportunity of a creative and financially stable career. You can earn your AA degree or Certificate of Completion in Fashion Design in about 2 years. Many of our classes are also transferable to 4-year state universities.
- 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:
- Review of collected data
- Other methods
First Year – Fall
- Pattern Drafting I M 8-3:50p
- Pattern Draping I T 8-3:50p
- Apparel Construction I W 8-3:50p
- Design and Sketching I F 8-11:50a
- Apparel History F 12-1:50p
First Year – Spring
- Pattern Drafting II M 8-3:50p
- Pattern Draping II T 8-3:50p
- Apparel Construction II W 8-3:50p
- Design and Sketching II F 8-11:50a
- Apparel Textiles F 12-1:50p
Second Year – Fall
- Production Pattern and Size Grading I T 8-11:50a
- Portfolio Development I T 12-3:50p
- Advanced Design and Line Development I TH 8-3:50p
Second Year – Spring
- Production Pattern and Size Grading II T 8-11:50a
- Portfolio Development II T 12-3:50p
- Advanced Design and Line Development II TH 8-3:50p
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.
Many of our alumni are successfully employed in the Bay Area fashion industry working as:
- senior designers – assistant designers – senior product developers
- garment technicians – technical designers – pattern makers
- research and development fabric and finish technicians
- costume designers
- fit specialists
- fashion illustrators
- project managers – production coordinators
- creative consultants – stylists
- handbag designers – accessory designers
- sample sewers – graders – cutters and more
I am so grateful for having taken courses in the ADAM Program. I am now a designer at a global brand and always encourage people to join the program if they have an interest in the fashion industry.Molly N.
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.
The instructors brought patience, humor and years of industry experience into the classroom. Today I have a career that provides both the creative stimulation and financial stability that I crave.Tina R.
I learned the fundamentals of the fashion industry for a very small investment. I started my own clothing company and am in my 19th year of business!Kym S.