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Fashion Designer

Overview: Fashion designers create the design for women's, men's and children's garments, shoes, etc. They analyze fashion trends and consumer preferences, and compare fabrics and leathers for new design uses. They sketch designs and review them with sales executives.
Duties: They conduct consumer surveys regarding clothes design preferences in terms of style, colors and fabric. They collect and study information about style trends in other countries.

They confer with fabric producers to examine new weaves, new synthetic fabrics and leathers and conduct experiments with new fabrics for suitability for new wearing apparel designs.

They prepare sketches of new ideas and creations for review with marketing executives in the fashion world. Strive to establish the fashion "line" for new garments, colors & fabrics.

They create new wearing apparel designs for modeling at fashion shows. Accept orders for production of the wearing apparel shown. Confer with advertising agencies to promote new designs.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
Job Outlook: Employment of fashion designers is expected to show little or no change through 2018. An increasing population’s demand for new and stylish affordable clothing will create need. Although apparel production is increasing done overseas, firms are likely to keep design work in house.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree from a 2 or 3 year professional design school, technical institute or community college, or a bachelor's degree in fine arts is the appropriate preparation for this occupation. In addition to fashion design courses, your study program should include art and drawing, advertising, consumer behavior, computer-assisted design, photography and visual art illustration.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.