Degrees and Certificates

The College of DuPage Fashion Studies program offers two degree options and three certificates.

If you complete the Fashion Design degree option, you are prepared to work as designers, pattern makers, sample makers, seamstresses, alterations specialist and theater costumers.

Selecting the Fashion Merchandising degree option will prepare you for positions in sales and management, such as manufacturer representatives, buyers, department store managers, visual display specialists and fashion coordinators.

The Fashion Design certificate concentrates on technical fashion courses and is often selected if you have completed college degrees or are interested only in the technical aspects of the fashion field. In the Fashion Merchandising certificate option, you can study for positions in sales and management, such as showroom personnel, manufacturer's representative or visual merchandiser. You can also earn the Fashion Entrepreneurial certificate and learn more about the business side of the fashion industry.

While a bachelor's degree in a related field such as business or fine arts can be beneficial, opportunities are continuing to increase for individuals who obtain an associate's degree.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework. 


View degree information for the following options: 

  • Fashion Design, Associate in Applied Science
  • Fashion Merchandising, Associate in Applied Science



View certificate information for the following options:

  • Fashion Apparel Production
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Entrepreneurial
  • Fashion Merchandising

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.


If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:

Sharon Scalise
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 1007, (630) 942-2619

If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Business and Technology Division, TEC 1034, (630) 942-2595.

Contact Information

Sharon Scalise, Program Coordinator
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1007, (630) 942-2619

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Art, Communications and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048


Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Sharon Scalise

    Sharon ScaliseFashion Studies

    "I had great teachers as role models, and I drew enthusiasm for teaching from them. Fashion is a fun curriculum to share. It's new every season, always changing."

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  • Spotlight: Melissa Heischberg

    Melissa HeischbergFashion Studies

    "There is so much legacy in this department. We all go on and do other things on the outside and then bring it back to the students."

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  • Spotlight: Vicki Oboikovitz

    Vicki OboikovitzFashion Studies

    "I love being able to share all of my experiences with my students. And when they take the knowledge and run with it, it is a great feeling."

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  • Spotlight: Pamela Powell

    Pamela PowellFashion Studies

    "I do not find teaching in the classroom much different from heading a workroom. As I teach mainly lab classes, I am passing on technical information in much the same way."

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