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.


Attend NBCCD’s 25th Annual Fashion Show, May 2023

Grad Launches her Career with a National Ballet School Internship, December 2017


Interested in finding out more?

Email the Recruitment Office: nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Fashion Design 2024-2026 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 Events
    • Fashion Business
    • Fashion Production
  • Career Opportunities
    • Fashion, Theatre, Exhibit Designer
    • Film and Theatre Costumer
    • Fashion Stylist
    • Fashion/ Social Media Blogger
    • Fashion Illustrator
    • Pattern Developer
    • Tailor, Dressmaker
    • Visual Merchandiser
    • Entrepreneur / Business Owner
  • Course List

    Fall 1

    FADN 2907
    Basic Sewing Techniques

    FADN 2901
    Fundamental Fashion Design

    FADN 2900
    Understanding Pattern Development and Design

    DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    DSGN 2903
    Design Concepts

    Winter 1

    FADN 2902
    Sewing and Finishing Techniques

    FADN 2905
    Apparel Design and Construction

    FADN 2906
    Pattern Design

    FADN 2904
    Fashion Illustration

    HIST 2904
    Fashion Design and Inspiration Throughout History

    ENTR 2012
    Business Practices and Inspiration Throughout History

    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


    Winter 2

    FADN 3911
    Fashion Collection  

    FADN 3906
    The Business of Fashion        


    Spring 2 [1 elective*]

    * INST 3913
    Senior Practicum

    * DIGD 3037
    3D Clothing Design

  • 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 (view requirements)
    • 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 NBCCD by assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age or older and have past experience, you may be assessed as an Adult Learner.

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

  • 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.

  • Apply Now

    Apply here.

    Go to the Admission Requirements to learn more. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

    Deadline to apply: January 15

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.