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Fashion Design Program to Begin at Mercer County Community College


West Windsor, NJ:  Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will begin a new program in Fashion/Apparel Design this fall.  This Associate in Applied Science degree will prepare students for direct entry into the dynamic world of fashion or for transfer to a four-year college.

Program Coordinator Tina LaPlaca says, “Our tri-state region is one of the nation’s largest for this industry, where skilled students can find employment as assistant fashion designers, stylists, visual display artists, product and merchandise managers, and fashion illustrators.”  LaPlaca is coordinator of Mercer’s Advertising and Graphic Design and Illustration programs.

Fashion/Apparel Design Coordinator and Associate Professor Tina LaPlaca shows off program materials..

The new program is being offered at the college’s James Kerney Campus, located at 102 North Broad Street in downtown Trenton, with shuttle service available from the West Windsor Campus.

Judy Ehresman, deans for Arts and Communication at Mercer, says the college’s proximity to New York and Philadelphia makes it ideally located for students pursuing careers in fashion.  “We are taking a regional approach to the job market, not just looking at the local employment picture,” she said.

The curriculum will draw from numerous disciplines, providing a foundation in art and design, along with technical skills in sewing and computer applications, and will incorporate the business aspects of the industry.  Those interested in transfer will find that the MCCC curriculum parallels the first two years at several four-year institutions in the region.

The program will require students to develop a portfolio and complete a capstone project that will include both print and digital formats.  Students will also take field trips to design and production houses and will showcase their work in a fashion show.

Courses in the major include “Fashion:  The Global Marketplace,” “Introduction to Fashion Drawing,” “Introduction To Textiles for Fashion,” “Fashion Design I,” “Computer-aided Fashion Drawing,” “Technical Skills for Apparel Production,” “Introduction to Fashion Merchandising,” “History of Costume Design,” “Technical Skills for Apparel Production II” and “Fashion Design II: Portfolio.”

For more information, email laplacat@mccc.edu or visit www.mccc.edu.

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