Program Description:

The Fashion Design program is a two-year course for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career or continuing education in a design or fashion-related field.

The Fashion Design program provides the core skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in a fashion or retail career field. Students learn the principles of art and design, customer service and business practices, and the fundamentals of marketing and visual merchandising.  They will also learn basic illustration, drawing skills, designing and making clothing, portfolio development and preparation for future career and/or college readiness.

The second year program builds on the skills taught during first year by focusing on leadership development, technical design and development, building on their portfolio, and continued preparation for future career and/or continuing education.

Students enrolled in the Fashion Design program will learn the following during a two-year program:

  • Safety in the Workplace

  • Technical Fashion Design & Development

  • Fundamentals of Marketing & Visual Merchandising

  • Introduction to Fashion Industry & Common Terminology

  • Principles of Art & Design

  • Leadership Skills Development

  • Professionalism Skills Development

  • Customer Service & Business Practices

  • Fashion & Retail Career Opportunities and Job Search Skills

  • Portfolio Development

  • Developing and Growing Creativity

  • Illustration and Drawing Skills

  • Life-Long Learning and Problem Solving Skills

  • Future Career and/or College Readiness

  • Garment Alterations

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits per year

  • High School credit equivalency (1.0 art at the discretion of the sending school district)

  • Competency Certificate

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Preparation for next level of education/training

  • Internship opportunities

  • Opportunity for scholarships

  • College credit opportunities

Industry Certifications Available:

  • Cascadia Technical Academy Certificates of Completion for each year

  • Washington State Precision Exam: 21st Century Skills

  • Washington State Precision Exam: Customer Service

  • Washington State Precision Exams: Apparel Design & Production

  • Washington State Precision Exams: Fashion Design Merchandising

Fashion Design 1:

  • Reading at 10th grade level

  • Passed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1

  • Excellent high school attendance record

  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships

  • Must provide own transportation to internship site and provide current car insurance

Fashion Design 2:

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; space is limited

  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships

  • Must provide own transportation to internship site and provide current car insurance

Note:  Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend the orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy.


  • Speech or communication classes recommended

  • Able to pass background check may be necessary depending on internship placement

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 40 percent of time will be devoted to theory and 60 percent will be devoted to professionalism, career readiness and lab/work time.  Students will develop a personal portfolio.

 Textbook Reading Level:
Theory material 10.5

Career Opportunities:

  • Small Business Owner/Entrepreneur

  • Costume Technician

  • Garment Maker or Alterations

  • Special Events Coordinator

  • Buyer/Sales Representative

  • Assistant Store Manager

  • Marketing Representative

  • Visual Merchandiser

  • Merchandising Specialist

  • Product Demonstrator

  • Merchandise Marketer

  • Fashion Design Office Assistant

  • Sales Associate

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies.
Click here to learn more about the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List / Student Costs:
CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased prior to the first day of school.  To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Note: It is recommended that all students attending Cascadia Technical Academy have medical insurance. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required for students participating in internships or clinicals.  Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing.  There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.