Fashion Design

fashion design studio

In this program, you learn the basics of sewing, pattern development and garment construction. These skills prepare you for more advanced studies in corset construction, finishing techniques, tailoring and draping. Fashion illustration and history, gives you inspiration to create your own fashion line to be presented at the annual public fashion show.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you engage experimentation and creative problem solving. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing and 2D/3D design. You create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your fashion career.

By the end of this program, you will have demonstrated the ability to create a personal body of work representing technical skill, aesthetic sensitivity and cultural awareness, and have the capacity to work within the creative economy.


The Diploma in Fashion Design is a 2-year studio-based program that gives you the opportunity to develop technical expertise in fashion design and an expressive, personal sense of design. achieved in 6 semesters of study from September to June.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion History
  • Pattern Design
  • Garment Construction
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion Show
Course List

Fall 1

  • Basic Sewing Techniques
  • Understanding Pattern Development and Design
  • Fundamental Fashion Design
  • Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • Students Select 1
    • 3D Digital Design
    • Design Concepts

Winter 1

  • Sewing and Finishing Techniques
  • Pattern Design
  • Apparel Design and Construction
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion Design and Inspiration Throughout History
  • Marketing and Online Promotion: Fashion and Textile Design

Spring 1

  • The Corset
  • Preparing for Production

Fall 2

  • Modern Tailoring
  • Advanced Fitting Techniques
  • Research and Design a Collection
  • Advanced Illustration
  • 20th Century Fashion Influences
  • Preparing for Professional Life: Fashion and Textile Design

Winter 2

  • Apparel Production: The Project Begins
  • Apparel Production: Finishing Touches
  • The Business of Fashion
  • Students Select 1
    • Designing Bodies
    • 3D Digital Design and Production
    • Painting in Acrylics
    • Imagery, Sources and Development
    • Book Art Design
    • Art for Social Change
  • Portfolio: Design and Online Presence

Spring 2

  • Students Select 1
    • Senior Practicum
    • Senior Project
Career Possibilities

With an entrepreneurial focus, this program prepares you to establish your own small business, be employed or continue in Advanced Studio Practice Program at NBCCD or at other leading institutions in Canada and beyond.

Professional opportunities upon graduation include:

  • Fashion, Theatre, Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Tailor, Dressmaker, Milliner
  • Pattern Developer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Film and Theatre Costumer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Fashion/Social Media Blogger
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.

Portfolio Requirements

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

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. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1


  • 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

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

“I felt like I was home ... like I belonged.”

Keith Parent, Costume Set Supevisor on the  TV Series Once Upon a Time.
Diploma in Fashion Design, 1999

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Return College Property/Clean out Lockers (FVA & Jewellery/Metal Arts)

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Winter Term Ends

Apr 27

Spring Term Begins

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