Expression. Creativity. Style. Whether you aim to establish your own personal brand or build on the vision and success of a top local retail brand, the OCC Career Advantage Fashion program will prepare you for the career you want in the exciting, thriving fashion industry. Our programs prepare you to work as a fashion designer, merchandising specialist, and fashion product development specialist, stylist, tailor and more. The Fashion program also gives you the foundation you need to transfer and excel in a four-year, bachelor’s degree program in a similar field if that is your goal. OCC Fashion offers unique opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else, including internships at top local and national brands and hands-on, real world experience working side-by-side with local fashion brands in our pop-up shop, “The Box.”
Career opportunities in this field are broad and diverse, as are the income opportunities. Tailors, dressmakers and custom sewers in California earn a median income of $29,806, while fashion designers earn about $60,003. If fashion is your passion, OCC is your college. Read on to learn more.
A sampling of courses for these careers
Clothing Design and Selection
Industrial Sewing Techniques
Flat Pattern Techniques
Did you know?
Fashion students can gain hands-on, real-world experience on campus through “The Box” pop-up retail shop. The Box is a restyled shipping container transformed into a stylish, happening campus site featuring hot local retail brands like Volcom, Paul Frank Workshops, Tavik and more. Intern in The Box and work with brand representatives to build your network, get mentoring and career advice and gain a valuable understanding of the retail business. Watch the video below to learn more about The Box.
Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in fashion.
Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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Did you know?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.
Jordan Clark, M.S.
Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Counselor, Consumer Health
and Science Programs