Fashion Design

This 2-year studio-based diploma program can be achieved in 6 semesters of study where you develop technical expertise and an expressive, personal design sense. 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 that are taught in the second year. Fashion illustration and history inspire you in creating your own line that is presented at an annual public fashion show.

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

The Diploma in Fashion Design is a 2-year studio-based program 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

  • FADN 2907 Basic Sewing Techniques
  • FADN 2900 Understanding Pattern Development and Design
  • FADN 2901 Fundamental Fashion Design
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Choose one of the following two:

  • DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials

Winter 1

  • FADN 2902 Sewing and Finishing Techniques
  • FADN 2906 Pattern Design
  • FADN 2905 Apparel Design and Construction
  • FADN 2904 Fashion Illustration
  • HIST 2904 Fashion Design and Inspiration throughout History

Choose one of the following three:

  • DSGN 2902  3D Digital Design
  • DSGN 2903  Design Concepts
  • TXDN 2915   Designing for Felt

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 & Textile Design

Winter 2

  • FADN 3904 Apparel Production: The Project Begins
  • FADN 3905 Apparel Production: Finishing Touches
  • FADN 3906 The Business of Fashion
  • ENTR 3121 Digital Communications and Marketing

Choose one of the following six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design

Spring 2

Choose one of the following two:

  • INST 3902 Senior Practicum
  • ­INST 3903 Senior Project
Career Possibilities

The fashion industry is booming, and graduates of the Diploma in Fashion Design have secured employment in a variety of careers, including:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Couture Business Owner
  • Film and Theatre Costuming Manager
  • Fashion Photography Stylist
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Pattern Developer
  • Fashion Bloggers and Social-Media Expert
  • Theatre, Fashion and Exhibit Creative Designer
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
  1. We value your life experience in assessing your application, so please provide us with a copy of your resume.
  2. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:
  • reasons for wanting to study with us,
  • interests in the arts (contemporary or historical) and
  • plans and goals for the future.
  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
  2. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
  • 5 images of things that you have created, such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
  • If you have drawing experience, please include:
    • one life drawing showing the human figure and
    • one still-life drawing.

If you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit originals. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link; keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, Canada


Instructors & Technicians


  • Joanne Venart, Coordinating Instructor
  • Katherine Bosnitch
  • Rachel MacGillivray


  • Tracy Austin
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

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

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