Become an
Apparel Designer
Apparel Technical Developer
Apparel Entrepreneur
 

Completing these certificates gives you the right skills to enter an apparel business and opens the door to jobs at apparel companies. The full curriculum begins each Fall but you can start any time. You can sign up for one certificate. Or, if you wish, start with one and move on to another.

Start your career

Learn from the Best

Completing these certificates gives you the right skills to enter an apparel business and opens the door to jobs at apparel companies.

We created these programs after consulting with our advisory board of directors from leading apparel companies.

By joining the certificate program, you get:

  • Access to financial support, equipment and supplies
  • First call on classes
  • A place in PFI’s annual fashion event and portfolio show
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • Career services

Classes are given in the order they should be taken so you can meet the required pre-requisites. With concentrated effort, it’s possible to complete a certificate within two years’ study.  The full curriculum begins each Fall but you can start any time.  You can sign up for one certificate.  Or, if you wish, start with one and move on to another.  Most students start with the Apparel Designer certificate.

Tuition runs $20/clock hour plus activity and equipment fees.  That’s about $16,000 for Apparel Designer or Technical Developer or $15,000 for Entrepreneur.  You pay for classes as you go rather than paying full tuition up front.  Ask us about payment plans for full time students (3 classes or more).  Part time students can pay-as-you-go for as few as one class.

Learn to become an

Apparel Designer

Live your Dream

Whether you are looking to start your own line of clothing or work at a large apparel company, this certificate will prepare you for a wide range of opportunities.

Learn to become an

Apparel Technical Developer

Want to get a job in the industry or work freelance? Here’s the path to take. It focuses on computer skills in Adobe and patternmaking so you can get work as a technical designer, product developer, patternmaker or fit engineer.

Learn to become an

Apparel Entrepreneur

Learn what it takes to start your own Apparel Business and get the skills required to build a business plan, understand the nuance of working with buyers, customers and suppliers. *Also learn about our Grant Program where you could win $4500 to launch
your business.

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Meet some of our

Alumni

Melanie Bowman Clark

samantha johnes

I am a freelance costume designer and wardrobe stylist for commercial, television and film. I also do on-set alterations and even style print now and again.

Erich Treeby

Jennifer Doe

I currently work at Duchess Clothier as the lead tailor overseeing the Alterations department.

Karen Wilfred

John Smith

I am currently working as a seamstress at a.ell atelier on Hawthorne Blvd.