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Sacramento City College Fashion – Applied Apparel Studies

The Applied Apparel Studies program is designed to provide a program of study for the student interested in pursuing a career in fashion as a cutter-draper, tailor, pattern drafter, alterationist, or fiber artist in fashion studios or costume work rooms. Selected courses provide students with lifelong learning knowledge and consumer skills. California’s apparel industry is a major success story. It is an important, but often overlooked, contributor to the state’s economy. San Francisco and Los Angeles are the largest centers for apparel manufacturing outside of New York City. One of the largest apparel wholesale markets in the world is the California Mart in Los Angeles. California apparel jobs have steadily grown with the success of the industry. Jobs increased in the 2010’s, a time when the rest of the U.S. lost apparel jobs, and have steadily grown in numbers. This is because the high-end tasks, such as computer aided design and pattern making, size grading, and color setting, are performed in the U.S. as well as the planning and management of off-shore production. Emerging careers in this high growth industry will require state of the art high-tech training.

Career Options and Salaries

Entry-level jobs in this field can be found in apparel production companies, apparel manufacturing plants, designer workrooms, custom sewing workrooms, and theatrical productions. Specific jobs in fashion design may include: assistant designer, CAD technician, computer digitizer, costing engineer, customer services, designer, design room assistant, fashion illustrator, fashion stylist, first pattern maker, grader, manufacturer’s sales representative, marker maker, operation manager, piece goods buyer, product specialist, production manager, production pattern maker, sewing room supervisor, showroom assistant, tailor, textile colorist, textile croquis painter, textile designer, textile researcher, textile texter, and trim buyer. This program can also prepare a student for self-employment or entrepreneurship.

Entry to mid-level

  • Buyer: $70,000
  • Creative Director: $105,000
  • Fashion Designer: $66,000
  • Fashion Stylist: $52,000

Schedule an Appointment with Career Education

The Career Education Transitions Coordinator and Career Education Counselor are available to assist with:

  • questions
  • program exploration
  • college applications
  • educational planning

Schedule an Appointment