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UCFV offers a two-year full-time Fashion Design diploma program for those seeking a career in the fashion industry.

The program is designed to develop and refine your skills and talent, covering all basic elements necessary to carry a marketable design from the original idea to the finished garment. Creativity and technical skills are stressed.

The curriculum accommodates a strong textile component and allows the opportunity for part-time studies for those wishing to interrupt their learning experiences or acquire additional knowledge in specific areas.

Careers in Fashion

The fashion industry involves a wide variety of exciting and diversified career opportunities in the areas of design, production, and sales.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the following areas:

Entrance Requirements

1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or 19 years or older before the first day of classes.

2. You must attend a personal interview with the program faculty, at which time your strengths and weaknesses are assessed. The personal interview will consider:

    a. Level of creativity: a portfolio of work containing examples of a selection from the following,     depending on your personal interests:

    b. Technical skills: minimum of four different garments (e.g., blouse, dress, graduation gown, skirt,  pants, suit, etc.) which you have made yourself.

    c. Communication skills: immediately prior to the interview, you will be required to write a brief     paragraph on a selected topic.

    d. Math skills: a short math test involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of          fractions and decimals will be administered at the same time.

Note: Calculators are allowed.

Note: Basic computer skills are required.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following point system:
Formal training -- 6
Portfolio -- 30
Garments -- 30
Communication skills -- 8
Math skills -- 10
Work experience -- 8
Travel experience -- 4
Hobbies and clubs -- 4
Total 100

A minimum score of 70% qualifies you for acceptance into the program.

How to Apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. In April you will be informed of the date of an orientation session which you should make every effort to attend, as the personal interview appointments are set up at this time. If it is absolutely impossible for you to attend, please contact the program head to book an appointment. During your appointment, which is approximately 20 minutes long, you are asked to present your portfolio and a minimum of four different garments that you have sewn. Letters of reference from teachers, employers, and club leaders would assist in assessing points and should accompany the portfolio.

3. Upon admission to the program you will be invited to register. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If this program is full, or you are waiting to find out about your admission to the program, you will be given an opportunity to register as a general student.  It is not necessary to submit a separate application form. If you meet the entrance requirements and a space becomes available later, you will be contacted.

4. For students under 19 years of age, admission is conditional upon B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August.

Fees and Additional Costs

Fees stated are in effect for 1998/99 and are subject to change for 1999/2000.

The fee for a full-time student (five courses or 15 credits) would be about $700 per semester. Books and additional supplies would cost $50 to $100 per course. See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information.

In addition to the tuition fees, it is estimated that the following costs will apply to the full-time student (approximate costs):
Fashion Design — First year
Equipment $300
Text Books $300
Supply Fees $160
Additional Supplies $550
Field Trips $50
Total:     $1,360

Fashion Design — Second year
Equipment $ 60
Text Books $200
Supply Fees $200
Additional Supplies $800
Field Trips $50
Total:     $1,310

plus additional costs for elective courses.

Equipment and Supplies

A list of equipment and supplies will be distributed at first class. Most are available from the UCFV bookstore.

Supply fees cover the cost of pre-packaged kits which contain the basic needs for each course and are available from the instructor. They range between $15 and $50, depending on the course. Not all courses have a supply fee.


Abbotsford campus.


Twenty hours per week of classroom time is scheduled in the first year of the program and 12–14 hours in the second, with additional time up to 24 hours depending on the electives or options selected.

Students are expected to take advantage of the lab free time to a minimum of 15 hours per week to keep up with the workload.


Deadlines are strictly adhered to as success in the industry relies heavily on the meeting of deadlines and delivery dates.

Regular attendance is mandatory. Penalties for late arrivals and absenteeism without reason might include a reduction of the final grade.

Students should not fall behind. Fifteen weeks per semester does not allow time to catch up. Also the design, drafting, and construction courses are so closely linked that a class missed in one area could set you back in the other two.

Students will benefit greatly from participating in extracurricular activities such as fashion shows and open houses, and are encouraged to do so. Time schedules and duties will be announced well in advance.

Transfer Students and Advanced Standing

Applicants applying for transfer credits from another institution or advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis. Make an appointment to see the program head.


Any student who has previously applied to the UCFV Fashion Design program but who did not register and wishes to re-apply for admission will follow the same procedures as a new applicant.

Graduation Requirements

The Fashion Design diploma will be awarded to students who have successfully completed all required courses plus electives/options to give a minimum total of 63–67 credits.

A minimum P grade or the instructor’s permission is required in all courses that are listed as a prerequisite for advancement into the next level.

Program Outline

First Year: Common Courses

Semester I
Course, Title & Credits

FD 113*    Fashion Drawing I    3
FD 163    Basic Fashion Design I    3
FD 181    Garment Construction I    3
FD 191    Pattern Drafting I        3
FD 193*    History of Fashion    3

Semester II
Course, Title & Credits

FD 114*    Fashion Drawing II    3
FD 164    Basic Fashion Design II    3
FD 171*    Textiles    3
FD 182    Garment Construction II    3
FD 192    Pattern Drafting II    3

Second Year: Common Courses

Semester III
Course, Title & Credits
FD 263    Apparel Design and Illustration I    3
FD 281    Advanced Construction I    3
FD 283    Advanced Pattern Drafting I    3
Option course    Chosen from the General, Textiles, or Business options (see list below)    3 or 4
Option course    Chosen from the General, Textiles, or Business options (see list below)    3 or 4

Semester IV
Course, Title & Credits
FD 264    Apparel Design and Illustration II    3
FD 265    Computer Applications for the Apparel Industry     3
FD 282    Advanced Construction II    3
FD 284    Advanced Pattern Drafting II    3
Option course    Chosen from the General, Textiles, or Business options (see list below)    3 or 4
Option course    Chosen from the General, Textiles, or Business options (see list below)    3 or 4
Total Credits:     63–67

*Courses not requiring acceptance into the program may be taken individually. You must apply to UCFV as a General Studies student.

In the second year, students may choose to specialize in one of the following options:

Fashion Design diploma options:

General option

Students who choose the general option are prepared for a career in manufacturing with the emphasis on the technical aspect of the industry.

Course, Title & Credits
(17 Common Courses)        51
FD 291    Draping                 3
FD 292    Pattern Grading    3
Option course    Chosen from either the Textiles or Business option list     3 or 4
Option course    Chosen from either the Textiles or Business option list     3 or 4
Total:     63–65

Textiles option

Students enrolled in this option will learn how to design and create original fabrics suitable for use in the garment industry. Machine knitting, weaving and surface design are all included.

Course, Title & Credits
(17 Common Courses)         51
FD 172    Knitwear                 4
FD 174    Weaving Fashion Fabrics    4
FD 271    Surface Design I    4
FD 272    Surface Design II    4
Total:     67

Business/Marketing option

For students who are planning to set up a fashion-related business or wish to pursue a career in sales and marketing.

Course, Title & Credits
(17 Common Courses)        51
Plus the following:
BUS 120    Essentials of Marketing    3
BUS 223*    Advertising             3
BUS 224*    Retail Management    3
BUS 227**    New Business Development    3
Total:     63

* Prerequisites: BUS 120 or 121/122
** Prerequisites: (BUS 120 or 122), (BUS 160 or CIS 110), (BUS 144 or 145), BUS 162,
    BUS 102, (CMNS 125 and 225)

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Judith Hurley, NDD ATD (Cardiff College of Art, University of Wales), Program Head
Mary Bentley, BSc in Ed. (Missouri), Assoc. in Arts and Science (Capilano)
Maureen Bilodeau
Margaret Blackburn, Dip. Apparel Design (FVC), Cert. Couture Design (BC Trade School)
Vicki Bolan, Dip. Apparel Design (FVC)
Gayle Ramsden, BHEc (Manitoba)
Corrine Richardson, Dip. Apparel Design (Ryerson Polytechnical)
Yvonne Wakabayashi, BEd, MEd (UBC) Teaching Cert.

Advisory Committee

Cathy Burrel, Cavern Clothing
Heleen DeBoer, designer
Ed Gesang, Kwantlen College
Randy Huber, graduate designer
Angela Morrow, Uncommon Thredz Clothing Company
Shari Reid, Fashion Design graduate
Anton Trojan, Banana Republic
Gabriele Vanderstarren, Gabriele K
Daenna Vanmulligen, Sweet Envy

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