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Portland Sewing  offers three apparel certificates:  Apparel Designer, Apparel Technical Developer and Apparel Entrepreneur.  We have created these programs after talking to design schools, fashion designers and managers at leading apparel companies.  All say these are the classes you need to succeed in the fashion business.

With concentrated effort, it’s possible to complete a certificate within a year’s study.  Completing these certificates gives the student the right skills to enter an apparel business and opens the door to apparel companies.

Classes are given in the order they should be taken so students can meet the required pre-requisites.  The full curriculum begins each Fall but you can start any time.  You can sign up for one program.  Or, if you wish, start with one and move on to another.  Most students start with the Apparel Designer certificate.

Interested?  Download an application here.  Click here to pay the $50 application fee.  Then contact info@portlandsewing.com (503) 927-5457 with your questions and to set an appointment.

Apparel Designer:  Here are the classes you need to start a life as a fashion designer.  They also will prepare you to compete for a spot in our Fashion Forward Program ®.
 Apparel Designer

Apparel Technical Developer.  Want to get a job in the industry or work freelance?  Here’s the path to take.  It includes our Optitex CAD computer program to create, manipulate, grade, mark and plot patterns and markers.

Technical Developer


Apparel Entrepreneur.  Here are the classes you need to start and stay with your own apparel business.  You will complete a business plan and be ready to get financing upon the completion of this certificate.


Curriculum and fees subject to change.

“Thank you for taking the time to help me sort through my career in fashion. I have submitted my application to the apparel degree program at Portland Sewing. I redid my entry and I can honestly say I have learned more from the hour talking to you about portfolio development than my three years at Oregon State.” – Jessica