Fashion Design

Fashion Design LogoFashion Design Program Description:
This two-year program is for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in a design or fashion-related career or continuing education.  It is an introduction to the fashion industry, the principles of art and design, and clothing construction.

The Fashion Design program provides core skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in a fashion or retail career field. Students learn the fundamentals of business including customer service, buying and selling, marketing, product display, merchandising and achieving a profit. They also learn aspects of fashion design, product development and the design process.

The second year program builds on these skills by establishing a work site internship where students apply their knowledge on-the-job.

Students enrolled in the Fashion Design program will learn the following during a two-year program:

  • Safety and Professionalism in the Workplace
  • Technical fashion design & development
  • Introduction to Fashion Industry & Common Terminology
  • Fundamentals of Marketing & Visual Merchandising
  • Leadership skills development
  • Principles of Art & Design
  • Customer Service & Business Practices
  • Developing and growing creativity
  • Illustration and drawing skills
  • Project management
  • Post-Secondary Opportunities
  • Fashion and Retail Career Opportunities and Job Search Skills
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Portfolio Development
  • Writing Literacy skills

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits per year
  • May qualify for math, history, health/PE, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Competency Certificate
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Preparation for next level of education/training
  • Internship opportunities
  • Opportunity for scholarships

Industry Certification:

  • Cascadia Technical Academy Certificates of Completion
  • Washington State Precision Exam: 21st Century Skills
  • Washington State Precision Exam: Customer Service
  • Washington State Precision Exams: Apparel Design & Production
  • Washington State Precision Exams: Fashion Design Merchandising

Fashion Design 1:

  • Reading at 10th grade level
  • Passed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
  • Excellent high school attendance record
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships
  • Must provide own transportation to internship sites and provide current car insurance

Fashion Design 2:

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; space is limited
  • Must provide own transportation to internship sites and provide current car insurance
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships


  • Speech or communication classes recommended
  • Able to pass background check may be necessary depending on internship placement

Note:   Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 40 percent of time will be devoted to theory and professionalism; 60 percent devoted to lab. Students will develop a personal portfolio. 

Textbook Reading Level:
Theory material 10.5

Career Opportunities:

  • Small Business Owner
  • Sales Associate
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Buyer/Sales Representative
  • Assistant Store Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing Representative
  • Human Resources
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Specialist
  • Product Demonstrator
  • Merchandise Marketer
  • Fashion Design Office Assistant

Program Supply List / Student Costs:
Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at