PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The world of fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry where skilled professionals are in demand. Our graduates are becoming successful entrepreneurs and entering the workforce having been trained by industry professionals. We are proud to partner with Bow Valley College to host our students in a vibrant urban setting and fashion hub. The Fashion Institute is located in the thriving downtown core of Calgary, Alberta - with shopping, restaurants, theatres, and museums only steps away from the campus!

Using state-of-the art industrial equipment and processes, student will be prepared to enter the workforce with the knowledge and ability to make an immediate impact in the industry and this may be just the career waiting for you! If you have the desire to use your creative abilities in a fast-paced work environment, our unique two-year Apparel Technology program offers two majors:


  • Costume Cutting & Construction: The Costume Cutting and Construction major allows you to immerse yourself in the upbeat and dramatic field of the performing arts where you thrive in wardrobe departments, construct costumes for men and women, and excel in pattern making and design. The Fashion Institute offers a broad range of courses which will nurture your commitment to educational excellence as you learn about the history of pattern making, textiles, and the particulars of couture and specialty fabrics. Plus, you will focus on the operation of industrial sewing and pressing equipment. As part of the Costume Cutting and Constructor major you will also participate in a workplace practicum. Prepare yourself for the role of a lifetime as you work with seasoned professionals from the performing arts industry.

"The instructors in the Apparel Technology program are incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected in the fashion world. I was a student at the Alberta College of Arts & Design, but decided to leave and attend Olds College. The instructors encourage you to be the best you can be. You can take your ideas from your head and make them become a reality. There is nothing more rewarding than holding your completed design in your hands. I always knew what I wanted to do, but I just wasn’t sure how, or where – Olds College helped me with that. We have a wide range of career opportunities. Now I have a plan for my future, but first I’m coming back for my third year so I can leave with both majors – Fashion Apparel and Costume Cutting and Construction." -- Izzy Wright, Apparel Technology Student


  • Fashion Apparel: The Fashion Apparel major is perfect fit if you love to sew, or would love to learn to sew … AND sew a lot, then this could be the career for you. The Fashion Institute will help to equip you with a strong foundation in apparel construction, alterations and product development. We will provide you with the necessary skills to take your career where you wish. From sketches and illustrations to individual design, students receive real-life hands-on education with up-to-date curriculum delivered by highly reputable instructors.

"I couldn't even sew in a straight line when I first started the program. That wasn’t a negative, perhaps a benefit because I hadn't developed any bad habits. I can’t believe the transformation I’ve made. Now I can create a pattern and design it. What an amazing feeling that is! The experience brought to us by the instructors is incredible. They are passionate about what they teach and are always willing to spend extra time with us students. The learning curve is steep. We work really hard and learn a lot of information in a short period of time, but it’s FUN hard work. I recommend anyone thinking of taking the fashion programs to attend a campus tour. I made my decision to take the program after the visit and meeting the instructors." -- Emma Stevens, Fashion Apparel Student





METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery (Calgary Campus)



  • Fall Intake – September program start



  • October 1 for the Fall Intake


SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2 (Pure or Applied Math 20)


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)


ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.



Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
  • Introduce yourself
  • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
  • Elaborate on your career goals
  • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  1. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  2. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  3. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)


OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.




TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Theatre Calgary
  • Heritage Park
  • Calgary Law Enforcement (design of specialized uniforms)
  • Street Characters Inc. (creating mascots)

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STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!


COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

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Cindy Orr
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre

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Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.