Fashion Design

Fashion Design



In Fashion Design, you will:

  • Learn fashion illustration, sewing, pattern development and garment construction.
  • Develop technical expertise and an expressive, personal design sense. Get inspired by the history of Fashion.
  • Master made-to-measure techniques by measuring and fitting with live models.
  • Finish first year with corset construction and by second year, be ready for advanced studies in specialized finishing techniques, tailoring and draping.
  • Debut your own signature fashion line at the always-popular NBCCD Fashion Event to launch your career.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Fashion Design 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Fashion Design
    • Fashion History
    • Pattern Design
    • Garment Construction
    • Fashion Illustration
    • Fashion Show
  • Career Opportunities
    • Couture Business Owner
    • Film, Theatre or Cosplay Costume Designer
    • Fashion Photography Stylist or Fashion Blogger
    • Fashion Illustrator
    • Pattern Developer
  • Admission Requirements
    • $50 Application Fee (1)
    • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
      • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
      • OR equivalent experience (2)
    • Portfolio Submission
    • Interview

    (1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

    The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

  • Course List

    Fall 1 [1 elective*]

    FADN 2907
    Basic Sewing Techniques

    FADN 2900
    Understanding Pattern Development and Design

    FADN 2902
    Sewing and Finishing Techniques

    FADN 2906
    Pattern Design

    DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    * DSGN 2903
    Design Concepts

    Winter 1

    FADN 2901
    Fundamental Fashion Design

    FADN 2905
    Apparel Design and Construction

    FADN 2904
    Fashion Illustration

    HIST 2904
    Fashion Design and Inspiration Throughout History

    ENTR 2005
    Marketing and Online Promotion

    Spring 1

    FADN 2909
    The Corset

    FADN 2908
    Preparing for Production

    Fall 2

    FADN 3900
    Modern Tailoring

    FADN 3910
    Advanced Fitting Techniques

    FADN 3901
    Research and Design a Collection

    FADN 3902
    Advanced Illustration

    HIST 3904
    20th Century Fashion Influences

    ENTR 3910
    Preparing for Professional Life: Fashion and Textile Design

    Winter 2  [1 elective*]

    FADN 3904
    Apparel Production: The Project Begins        

    FADN 3905
    Apparel Production: Finishing Touches

    FADN 3906
    The Business of Fashion        

    * AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    * DRAW 3001
    Imagery, Sources and Development

    * DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    * HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change

    ENTR 3923
    Portfolio: Design and Online Presence

    Spring 2

    * INST 3902
    Senior Practicum

    * INST 3907
    Senior Project: Fashion

  • Portfolio Requirements

    Foundation Visual Arts:

    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.


    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
  • Apply Now

learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.