Whether you’re just developing your eye for fashion or you’ve had your own unique style for a while, you might be right for our one-of-a-kind Fashion Design and Sustainable Production program.
The only two-year diploma of its kind in Canada, Fashion Design and Sustainable Production could be the right fit for your unique style.
We’ll show you how to turn your distinct style, your eye for fashion and your endless creativity into a viable and sustainable career you’ll love.
Preparing you for the evolving fashion industry, our program focuses on sustainable production and business practices with a curriculum that integrates design theory and the application of production techniques. Through hands-on training and industry connections, you’ll develop creative problem-solving skills, research and analyze trends, design for niche markets and so much more, all while using industry-standard equipment and technology.
The best part? You’ll have the opportunity to complete a 200-hour intensive internship, putting your classroom theory and hands-on experience to the ultimate test. It’s the only internship of its kind in western Canada, and it gives you the first-hand, real-world work experience employers are seeking.
Ready to make your mark in the fashion world? Apply to the Fashion Design and Sustainable Production program today!
A vast array of career opportunities will be available to you right after graduation, including:
- assistant fashion designer
- fit technician
- trend and colour specialist
- fashion buyer
- technical designer
- product developer
- pattern drafter
- purchase coordinator
- sample room technician
- apparel head office positions
- visual merchandiser
- University of Lethbridge
- University of Calgary
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Note: FSP-2268 (Fashion Internship) is an optional course. It is an additional two-month semester. Internships may be completed within Canada or internationally. Students should expect to complete an internship outside of the Lethbridge area and assume all financial obligations associated with the placement.
New students are accepted into the Fashion Design and Sustainable Production program for the Fall (September) term.
General admission requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.
Practicum experience requirements
There is an elective practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.
A sewing kit deposit is required and is refundable upon return of the kit.
Prior learning assessment (PLA)
If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.
Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.
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- Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
- International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
- Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
Bring your passion for fashion – we’ll help with the rest
Our students have been placed with designers in prestigious design firms across North America, from Vancouver to New York City.
In our program, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been sketching out your outfits since third grade, sewing patches onto your jeans in middle school or you’ve never done either in your life, we’ll prepare you for the fashion industry. In our drafting room, textiles testing room and sewing room, you’ll learn to take your designs from initial concept to completed garment – all while using industrial sewing machines and sergers.
You’ll gain strengths in apparel production and sustainability (economic, environmental and ethical) – knowledge that other fashion grads simply lack. And the opportunities for differentiation don’t stop there. You can participate in an optional 200-hour internship. Our students have been placed with designers in prestigious design firms across North America, from Vancouver to New York City.
Creativity: It’s what you do
Showcase your creativity
It’s striking. It’s engaging. It’s your work.
Showcase your creativity
When you hit the real world of employment, your work is going to be on display for the world – well, at the very least, it’ll be on display for a client. So why shouldn’t it be displayed when you’re in school?
All four programs in the School of Media and Design hold year-end events to provide that very opportunity. Events can vary between programs, but one thing is certain: our students’ portfolios are shared with their peers, their instructors, the industry and the community.
Whether it’s showing off unique and award-winning fashion pieces, a captivating magazine article, a redesigned interior space (with the help of virtual reality) or an innovative Android app, our students’ creativity is showcased to the campus community and the industry.
Strutting our stuff
We have a history of producing fashion competition finalists and winners.
Strutting our stuff
Participating in various fashion competitions is a great way for our students to show their talent and make their mark in the fashion industry. The quality of our program’s curriculum contributes to the professional success of our grads. Just take a look at some of the competitions our students have been involved in and how far their designs go.
Like our grads, creativity could be more than just a part of who you are, it could be something you do as a career.
“the most remarkable opportunity to celebrate who I am as a Canadian and who I am as a young designer”
White Cashmere Competition
It’s a fashion design challenge like no other. And it’ll push your creativity and design devotion to the limits. Using large sheets of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue (BT) before they’re cut into the rolls you encounter in the bathroom, designers create BT Couture.
Intended to discover and promote Canada’s brightest fashion stars on a national and internationally-acclaimed platform, the White Cashmere Collection has featured more than 165 designers, including 2008 Lethbridge College Fashion Design grad Caitlin Power.
In 2017, Katie Stutheit was chosen as Lethbridge College’s representative. Her dress, based on Canada’s iconic trillium flower, made its debut on the runway during the exclusive event in September. She called the process “the most remarkable opportunity to celebrate who I am as a Canadian and who I am as a young designer.”
Readdress the Postal Uniform
Logistek Unicorp, in collaboration with its client Canada Post, ran the Readdress the Postal Uniform contest in 2017. A premier showcase for up-and-coming designers from design schools across Canada, the contest asked students to reimagine Canada Post’s dress code – all while respecting the various clothing constraints inherent to the work environment and to the specific duties of targeted employees.
Going up against students and groups from major design schools across Canada, Lethbridge College student Karah Nicholls walked away with second place. She referred to winning the award as “very unexpected.” Though in a program with a high-quality curriculum such as ours, it was no surprise to the rest of us – we produce some amazing fashion professionals.
Having already completed her diploma, the grant money changed Nicholl’s future plans. She headed off to Australia for a fashion internship with career goals of working as a design assistant before ultimately becoming a designer herself.
A word from the wise
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
Tanya Eagle Speaker
Tanya is a business entrepreneur who owns and manages the Eagle Spirit Embroidery and Gift Shop. A devoted volunteer in the Kainai community, she has served with the Kainai community kitchen, the Kainai Powwow Committee and the Blood Tribe Youth Powwow Club.
– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons
Caitlin was featured in a September 2015 article in the Calgary Herald about her work at Parkluxe 2015, the socially conscious organization that showcases local and national fashion designers. Caitlin was among those celebrated as one of the “undeniably talented Canadian designers in our very own backyard.” Caitlin’s designs have been described as strong and futuristic for the female who is a leader exhibiting confidence intelligence and sophistication and go by the #P0WERwoman tag. According to the article, Caitlin recently crossed over into the beauty scene, creating a shade of lipstick in collaboration with Toronto’s MYNC Beauty, also called #POWERwoman. “This was an exciting experience for me as I’ve never designed a lipstick,” Power said in the article. All proceeds from the sales of the lipstick were donated to Dress for Success Toronto.
– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons