• Certificate and degrees
  • Completion in two years
  • Day, evening and weekend classes
  • $46.00 per unit for California Community Colleges
  • Scholarship and financial aid opportunities


  • Fashion Designer/Design Assistant
  • Patternmaker/Grader/Cutter
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Custom Dressmaker/Costumer
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Fashion Buyer/Salesperson



  • Market analysis
  • Cost analysis
  • Licensing and set-up procedures
  • Product sourcing
  • Financial planning
  • Field trips/guest speakers
  • Internships with on-the-job training



  • Pattern drafting/draping
  • Computer-aided design
  • Garment design and construction
  • Design inspiration
  • Fashion illustration
  • Historical costume design
  • Theater costuming

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the larger apparel manufacturing centers in the United States. The fashion industry is the one of the largest employers in California. Cañada's Fashion Department is a respected leader in career education and works toward meeting the fashion industry's need for well trained professionals. As a Cañada student, you will have the opportunity for on-the-job training and subsequent employment with large and small companies in the area. You will take field trips to manufacturing facilities, design studios, and showrooms.

Cañada College is located in the western foothills of Redwood City and overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The campus is easily accessible from Interstate 280 at Farm Hill Boulevard. Cañada's proximity to San Francisco allows valuable industry-related educational opportunities. See area map or local map.

For more information about the program, contact: Ronda Chaney, Fashion Design Department, Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City, CA 94061, 650-306-3370, e-mail

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

• Communicate design concepts clearly and concisely (i.e. visual, oral, and written).
• Develop competitive industry standard skills in the respective fields.
• Understand the elements and principles of design through discipline-specific implementation.


Fashion Illustration