Diploma in Fashion Design


Program Description

Fashioning a Future

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life,” famed street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham famously said. The Fashion Design Diploma program is an excellent fit for those who see fabric as so much more than clothes. LaSalle College Vancouver’s Fashion program prepares students to thrive in the burgeoning fashion industry.

Students learn the fundamentals of fashion design, including tailoring, flat pattern drafting, draping, textiles and computer pattern drafting, from instructors who have worked first-hand in the business.

Course Objectives

The Fashion Design program offers the ability to transform design ideas into garments and accessories as well as knowledge of the business side of the fashion industry.

The design segment of the program is intended to help students develop skills in garments construction and design including tailoring, flat pattern drafting and draping as well as computer pattern drafting and grading to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of apparel engineering.

In addition, marketing courses are designed to enable the students to develop, analyze and implement effective market strategies.


This program consists of 90 credits over 6 quarters.

Course list

  • Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Colour Theory
  • Digital Imaging
  • Survey of the Fashion Industry
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fundamentals of Construction
  • Textiles Fundamentals
  • Product Development
  • History of Fashion
  • Concept Development
  • Digital Illustration for Fashion
  • Intermediate Construction
  • Fundamentals of Patternmaking
  • Intermediate Patternmaking
  • Draping
  • Trends and Forecasting
  • Apparel Evaluation and Production
  • Professional Development and Portfolio
  • Design Studio: Women’s Wear
  • Advanced Sewing Techniques
  • Advanced Construction
  • Computer Patternmaking
  • Computer Patternmaking II
  • Final Collection Concept
  • Final Collection Production
  • Introduction to Fashion Marketing
  • Website Development


The faculty encourages creativity and provides the opportunity for students to learn hands-on skills using traditional tools as well as industrial equipment similar to those found in the fashion design field.

The combination of professional marketing skills and technical knowledge is designed to prepare students to seek entry-level positions in the industry such as a junior designer, pattern grader, management trainees, visual merchandisers and assistant merchandise buyers.

Career Opportunities

Alumni work in the fashion business as designers, production assistants, pattern makers, retail and fashion house managers, visual merchandisers, stylists and brand buyers. Some have launched their own fashion label, while others have found rewarding careers working with well-established brands. Others have found work as stylists or in the costume department of major film and television productions. Graduates have also entered the fast-paced world of buying, marketing and fashion PR.



This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

The Details

  • Opportunities to participate in fashion shows and photo shoots
  • Hands-on learning from instructors in the field
  • Access to faculty with extensive industry experience
  • Learn on current industry technology
  • Program consists of 90 credits over six quarters
  • Graduating students receive a Diploma
  • Students develop a portfolio of their design work

LaSalle College Vancouver shows students how to take fashion from concept to consumer, helping launch students into the creatively inspiring, global fashion industry. The Fashion Design Diploma provides students the technical skills and artistic sensibility to succeed in fashion.

Graduates Learn

To turn design ideas into garments and accessories.

An understanding of the business side of the fashion industry.

Solid understanding of technology, theory, and industry practices and expectations.

Knowledge and skills required to work with emerging technologies available in the industry.

To develop, analyze and implement proven marketing strategies.

Who Should Apply?

Students directly out of high school, or mature students who are ready for a career change or to build on the skills they have.

  • Those with interest in fashion
  • Eager to be challenged and inspired
  • Creatives with a sense of style
Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

Located at the bottom of the west coastal mountains, LaSalle College Vancouver has welcomed students from around the world. LaSalle College Vancouver is an award winning higher education provider offe ... Read More

Located at the bottom of the west coastal mountains, LaSalle College Vancouver has welcomed students from around the world. LaSalle College Vancouver is an award winning higher education provider offering an array of exciting applied arts programs in diverse creative fields. Read less