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Fashion Technology (FT)

Love fashion, clothes, and being creative? Express yourself! The Fashion Technology Program at UH Maui College can help you get your start in this growing and exciting industry. Through comprehensive, hands-on training in apparel production and fashion design, you’ll gain the technical skills for job entry including design, sewing, pattern drafting, and construction of basic and advanced apparel. Graduates have gone on to pursue their BA in fashion technology, work for local apparel companies, or start their own business.

DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED

Certificate of Completion (CC)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

The Fashion Technology program provides comprehensive training in apparel production and fashion design required by entrepreneurs and businesses in the fashion industry. The program develops technical skills required for job entry, retraining for the garment industry, and upgrading of sewing and pattern making skills for those already employed in the field.

Laboratory activities promote the development of skills in designing, pattern drafting, and construction of basic and advanced apparel. The use of industry equipment and sewing techniques are demonstrated in group instruction. When special techniques and problems are encountered, students are given specialized instruction.

Contact the program coordinator, Cheryl Maeda, at 984-3292 or by email at maedache@hawaii.edu for more information.

Upon successful completion of the FT Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in fundamentals of constructing a garment including terminology, tools and supplies; pattern identification; taking and calculating measurements; pattern alteration, layout and cutting; sewing construction and garment fitting.
    2. Demonstrate satisfactory understanding of design concepts and proficiency in conveying design ideas onto paper including identifying and sketching design details accurately and in proportion to the figure or object.
    3. Demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in principles of pattern making, including terminology, use of tools, and process of pattern development.
    4. Demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in terminology, principles and skill sets relevant to special topic courses.
    5. Demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in the safe operation of sewing machines and equipment.
    6. Demonstrate satisfactory understanding of textile characteristics and end use.
    7. Demonstrate satisfactory understanding of principles of starting a small business.
Seamstress: 12 credits
Fashion Technology 25(3), 40(3), 113(3), 115(3)

Fashion-Fabric Salesperson: 12 credits
Fashion Technology 40(3), 93v(3), 111(3), 113(3)

Dressmaker: 18 credits – Offered as needed
Fashion Technology 60(3), 61(3), 113(3), 115(3), 215(3), 216(3)

Fashion Technology 25(3), 40(3), 90(3), 111(3), 113(3), 115(3), 215(3), 216(3), 217(3)
English 100 or 106(3)**
Business Technology 189 or Mathematics 100 or higher(3)***
Fashion Technology 90, or FT elective approved by program coordinator(3)
All CA courses(36) plus:
Accounting 124(3)
Humanities elective(3)
Marketing 120 or BUSN 150 or ICS 101(3)
Natural Science elective(3) – except PHYS 50
Business 125(3)
Social Science elective(3)
BUS/COM 130, COM 145, or SP 151 or 251(3)
Fashion Technology or General Education elective(3)

Full-time students would take courses in this sequence:
Students are strongly recommended to meet with program coordinator to plan course sequence.

First Semester (Fall)
*FT 111 Art & Design in Fashion
*FT 113 Clothing Construction Methods I
*FT 115 Clothing Construction Methods II
*MATH 100 or higher, or BUSN 189
FT elective or General Education elective
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Second Semester (Spring)
*FT 25 Ready-to-Wear Clothing Production
*FT 216 Fashion Design & Sketching
ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I
BUS 125 Starting a Small Business
*ENG 100 or 106
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Third Semester (Fall)
*FT 40 Fabric Analysis
*FT 90 Special Topics
MKT 120, BUSN 150, or ICS 101
Natural Science elective
Social Science elective
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Fourth Semester (Spring)
*FT 90 Special Topics or FT elective
*FT 215 Flat Pattern Making I
*FT 217 Flat Pattern Making II
BUS/COM 130, COM 145, or SP 151 or 251
Humanities elective
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15

* Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
**Note: ENG 22/55 may be substituted for the Certificate of Acheivment for those not going on for the AAS degrees.
***Note: MATH 18/82 may be substituted for the Certificate of Acheivment for those not going on for the AAS degrees.