Length of Program: 2 YearsProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)September 2020


Apparel Technology

Please Note: Intake to the Apparel Technology program has been suspended for the Fall of 2020. Current students will not be impacted by this program change.

"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."

Izzy Wright, Apparel Technology Student

Fashion Apparel student designs showcased during a fashion show


What can you expect from the program?

Using state-of-the art industrial equipment and processes, students will be prepared to enter the workforce with the knowledge and ability to make an immediate impact in the industry. If you have the desire to use your creative abilities in a fast-paced work environment, our 2-year Apparel Technology program offers two majors: Costume Cutting and Construction, and Fashion Apparel.


What will you learn?

The Apparel Technology program has two majors; Costume Cutting and Construction, and Fashion Apparel. In the first year of the program, all students will learn basic apparel construction, clothing history, pattern design, textiles, and workplace communication and professionalism. As students move to the second year, they will have a schedule that will help build skills dedicated to the major they select.


Costume Cutting & Construction Major - This major allows you to immerse yourself in the upbeat and dramatic field of the performing arts where you thrive in wardrobe departments. You will use problem-solving skills to interpret designs in order to draft patterns and construct costumes while operating industrial equipment. A broad range of courses will nurture your commitment to educational excellence as you learn about history of clothing, textiles, and the particulars of period costumes for both women and men. Your learning will culminate with a practicum experience where you will work as part of the wardrobe department to create the costumes for an actual theatre production. Completion of the program, to specified standards, also allows you to apply for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) permittee card for the theatre and film union. Prepare yourself for the role of a lifetime as you work with seasoned professionals from the performing arts industry.

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Fashion Apparel Major - The Fashion Apparel major is the perfect fit if you are passionate about understanding the technical aspect of creating clothing. Highly reputable instructors will support you as you develop knowledge and skills in the areas of technical drawing, pattern engineering and apparel construction. Students explore both manual and digital methods of drawing and drafting and operate standard and specialized industrial equipment. Focusing on women’s wear, you will experience a variety of of apparel types, using both standard and custom sizes, and will progress from novice level garments to advanced pieces such as gowns and a tailored jackets. A work experience opportunity will further expose you to a variety of career opportunities in the industry.

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Program at a glance

Credential: Diploma

Length of Program: 2 Years

Method of Delivery: The Fashion Institute by Olds College, Calgary, Alberta

Directed Field Study/Work Term/Practicum: Both majors include a Directed Field Study. Costume Cutting majors will complete this in the last semester of the program. Fashion Apparel majors will have a 40 hour Directed Field Study in the third semester of the program.

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: October 1 for the Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Year 1: Tuition & Fees: $5,180 / Books & Supplies: $1,900
  • Year 2 (Fashion Apparel): Tuition & Fees: $5,150 / Books & Supplies: $1,300
  • Year 2 (Costume Cutting & Construction): Tuition & Fees: $5,150 / Books & Supplies: $1,910

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that this is an estimate for domestic students (international students should refer to the Fee Schedule) and all fees are subject to change.

International Students will require a Co-Op Work Permit as well as a Study Permit for this program.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements:

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 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)
  • Submit an Applicant Questionnaire
    • The purpose of the questionnaire is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the expectations in the Apparel Technology program, as well as the opportunities in the industry. This is an opportunity to do some research and reflection to ensure that the Apparel Technology program is a good fit for your skills and personality.

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment 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.

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.

What is The Fashion Institute by Olds College?

The Fashion Institute is home to the Olds College fashion programs and is located on the seventh floor of the Bow Valley College South Campus, at City Hall C-train station. At this state-of-the-art facility students have access to a number of studios with both standard and specialized equipment. The Fashion Institute is in proximity to theatre companies, the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Library as well as numerous fashion business.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when you term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration: You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A laptop or tablet (any up-to-date operating system is acceptable)

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

Lockers are available at the Olds College Calgary Campus on the seventh floor of the Bow Valley College South Campus. Students must register their locker with the Fashion Institute.

Materials & Supplies:

Textbooks can be ordered online by utilizing the following forms:

Your pre-ordered textbooks will be available for pick up the first day of classes at The Fashion Institute. Textbook orders must be received by August 28 for pick up on September 4. Once orders are received, the Campus Bookstore will contact you by phone to pay by credit card.

Sewing Kits

Sewing Kits are required for first and second year students. The kits below are for the Fall 2019 semester only. (Winter 2020 kit information is pending.) The kits are available for purchase at The Fashion Institute by debit or credit card only.

  • Industrial Sewing Kit - $47.54 (purchased once for the entire diploma program)

First Year Students
APT 1100 - Apparel Construction 1 - $159.71
APT 1745 - Pattern Design 1 -  $312.75

Second Year Students – Costume Cutting & Construction
APT 2520 - Integrated Knits - $120.99
APT 2530 - Integrated Tailoring - $177.06
CCC 2050 - Costume Cutting and Construction - $313.44
CCC 1000 - Men's Drafting - $44.67

Second Year Students – Fashion Apparel
APT 2530 - Integrated Tailoring - $177.06
FAP 2460 - Pattern Design 3 - $133.19

Additional supply lists (fabric requirements, etc) will be handed out on Orientation Day.

Other Important Information:

  • Lockers: Are available at the Olds College Calgary Campus on the seventh floor of the Bow Valley College South Campus. Students must register their locker with the Fashion Institute. 
  • Locker Locks: please bring one (or two) locks as they are required to sign up for a locker.
  • Time Requirements: Lots of projects, on industrial machines that are only available at the Fashion Institute, so be prepared to spend a substantial amount of time outside of class in the labs working on your projects.
  • Additional Skills: Having average to above-average sewing skills is strongly recommended.

Sewing Success Skills Workshop

August 24-25 or August 27-28, 2019 | 9 AM to 4 PM

This workshop will cover the basic operations of the industrial straight stitch and industrial thread serger, while focusing on stitch accuracy and precision and will culminate in the completion of durable tote bag. Students will have the opportunity to experience the "hands on" nature of the program prior to arrival in September. While registration in the Sewing Success Workshop is not mandatory, admitted students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions and get an early start to strengthening their sewing craft.

Cost: $100, Register by clicking here. (This is a separate system and you’ll be required to set up a new account.)

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