Fashion Design Technology


If fashion is your thing, come translate your ideas of style into wearable clothing and find out what retailing is all about. Explore the theory of design and actually how to create patterns and make clothes.

Work EnvironmentCourse OutlineStudent Supplies
Fashion Design Technology involves planning ways to sell the right merchandise to customers at the right price, at the right time, in the right place, and in the right amounts. In this field, you work with displays, computers, fabrics, models, patterns, and machinery. There is ample opportunity for creativity and self-expression. Success requires a reasonable mixture of manipulative and cognitive skills in display techniques, clothing construction, designing, sketching, buying, and selling.

Graduates work in retail organizations and wholesale showrooms as sales associates where the atmosphere may be very busy. There can be high production quotas as well as deadlines to be met. Jobs can be very “fast track” and challenging. College graduates work as wholesale buyers and managers or as designers in textiles or clothing.

Field visits include: Fashion Institute of Technology, Nassau Community College and a garment factory.

  • Fashion History
  • Design
  • Patternmaking
  • Fabric Science
  • Clothing Construction
  • Draping
  • Industrial Power Machines
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion Show Producing and Participating
  • Interior Design
  • Retail Math
1. Portfolio binder 11″x14″
2. Loose leaf paper and dividers
3. Protective sheets for portfolio sketches
4. Drawing or Sketch Pad (8 1/2″ x 11″)
5. Colored pencils (watercolor)
6. Artistic markers (Pentel, Prismacolor or Prang)
7. Pencils, #2
8. Bienfang Graphics 360 marker paper (11″x14″ at least)
9. Plastic bin, no larger than 25″x15″
10. Lab jacket
11. Prismacolor Fineline Marker Set
12. Scissors, erasers, colorless blender
13. Fabric

CTE Endorsement

Students must successfully meet the academic and attendance criteria for a two-year Wilson Tech Certificate of Completion, be High School diploma eligible, and pass the following national certification exam: National Occupational Competency Testing Exam (NOCTI) – Apparel and Textile Production and Merchandising.

About the instructor

Cheryl Manzella has worked as a swimwear designer for various designers such as Juicy, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and NY Institute of Technology. She started her career as a student at Wilson Tech’s fashion  program.