The Apparel Design And Merchandising (ADAM) Program is an affordable industry-driven curriculum that meets current trends and technology in an ever-expanding field. ADAM offers the opportunity of a creative and financially stable career in the fashion industry.

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2021-2022 Catalog

Course Descriptions and Program Requirements

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What you will learn:

ADAM offers fundamental and advanced training in fashion design from collection development through production. Whether you’re interested in becoming a fashion designer or just want to take a class and meet other creative people this is the program for you.

Recommended Course Sequence

First Year – Fall

  • Pattern Drafting I
  • Pattern Draping I
  • Apparel Construction I
  • Design & Sketching I
  • Apparel History

First Year – Spring

  • Pattern Drafting II
  • Pattern Draping II
  • Apparel Construction II
  • Design & Sketching II
  • Textiles

Second Year – Fall

  • Production Pattern & Size Grading I
  • Portfolio Development I
  • Advanced Design & Line Development I

Second Year – Spring

  • Production Pattern & Size Grading II
  • Portfolio Development II
  • Advanced Design & Line Development II

What can I do with a degree in Apparel Design & Merchandising?

Students will acquire the basic skills and knowledge needed to obtain compete and sustain gainful employment within the vast global field of the fashion industry. Our alumni are successfully employed in the Bay Area fashion industry working as:

    • senior designers – assistant designers – creative directors
    • senior bridal wear designers – assistant bridal wear designers
    • senior directors – senior product developers – business owners
    • creative consultants – stylists
    • garment technicians – technical designers – pattern makers
    • research and development fabric and finish technicians
    • textile conservationists
    • tailors
    • costume designers
    • fit specialists
    • fashion illustrators
    • project managers – production coordinators
    • instructors
    • handbag designers – accessory designers
    • sample sewers – graders – cutters and more

Program Learning Outcomes

    1. To analyze and identify current trends and trend forecasting ADAM students receive a free digital subscription to WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) the leading business publication for the fashion and beauty industries.
    2. ADAM Industry Advisory Board members form the vital link between our workrooms and the fashion industry. These connections allow students to network obtain employment and internships or start their own business. Members work in diverse areas of the fashion industry and advise on a variety of subjects including current industry practices and methods technological trends fashion forecasting employment data curriculum development and methods of instruction.


Orgetorix (O.J.) Roundtree, Department Chair

Derek Piazza, Apparel Design and Merchandising Faculty