Fashion Design

fashion design studio

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

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


Instructors & Technicians


  • Joanne Venart, Coordinating Instructor
  • Rachel MacGillivray
  • Nicole Gallant


  • 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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