Certification Pattern Making for Fashion Apparel (CPMFA) - In this program, students have the opportunity to develop skills in clothing design, sketching, patternmaking and draping, garment construction, textiles, and critical analysis. The curriculum also provides exposure to business practices, entrepreneurship, material sourcing, merchandising, styling and presentation. Students learn to develop their own collections to optionally submit to fashion shows and competitions. The program's goal is to contribute meaningfully toward the skills needed to enter a full degree program, or prepare you to seek various entry-level positions in the fashion industry. In the garment industry, products are only as good as the patterns that they are made from. It is up to the professional patternmaker to take the designs or a prototype garment and develop it into a workable pattern for mass production. With so much of the profitability and success of the business riding on the original pattern, apparel manufacturers naturally want to hire only the most highly trained patternmakers.This certificate is directed toward fashion designers who want to learn more about patternmaking and toward those already in the patternmaking field who are looking to advance their skills.
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