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Educational Programs

Apparel Technologies


Program description

In the Apparel Technologies program, you will receive extensive hands-on training in design, manufacturing, alteration and fitting by industry-experienced instructors and gain a sense of personal accomplishment. The program is the only one of its kind in the upper Midwest and will teach you to produce finished, professional garments from pattern to final product.

Program start and location

New students are admitted into the Apparel Technologies program in the fall and spring semesters. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • Apparel design skills using both traditional pattern-making and computer-aided design methods, development and grading.
  • How to use standard industry software to automate the design process.
  • You will become comfortable with industrial sewing methods, product development and the sewn-goods manufacturing process.
  • You will gain valuable techniques in alteration and an understanding of proper garment fit and proportion.

Points of pride

  • Unique. Our Apparel Technologies program is the only one of its kind in the upper Midwest.
  • Location. The Apparel Technologies program is conveniently located in Downtown Minneapolis, accessible by bus to numerous employment opportunities in the theater, fashion and corporate apparel industries.
  • Our Expert Faculty. Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, you will receive personal attention from qualified, passionate faculty members who are working professionals with expertise in the field.
  • Cutting-edge Technology and Facilities. Up-to-date technology strengthens the programs’ practical experience.
  • Opportunities Abound. Through the Apparel Technologies and Services Association, students have a chance to showcase their work in fashion shows, hear industry-based guest speakers and take student trips abroad.

Where you could work

  • Small to mid-sized apparel and sewn product manufactures
  • Bridal and tailor shops
  • Theaters and costume houses
  • Pattern making facilities

Potential job titles

  • Production Sewer
  • Alteration Sewer
  • Pattern-maker
  • Tailor
  • Fashion Designer
  • Costume and Wardrobe Specialist
  • Upholsterer

Occupational outlook

Minnesota has a vibrant fashion and theater scene in which to find work after you graduate, along with jobs apparel industry jobs in the corporate sector. The Department of Labor suggests that the need for upholsterers will increase slightly through 2018.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

The downtown Minneapolis campus is on a bus line close to theatre districts as well as local and international corporations from the apparel industry for potential employment opportunities. You also may choose to join The Apparel Technologies and Services Association that fosters networks among the apparel technology students, alumni, community and local industry. Activities have included a student supported fashion show where original designs have been showcased, industry-based guest speakers and student trips abroad.


This program is part of the School of Design and the Arts.

Additional resources

Apparel Technologies Alum Named Artist of the Year By City Pages

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While at MCTC, Samantha Crossland polished her Apparel Technologies skills and learned about industry standards. The work she's done with her fashion label "Samantha Rei" has earned her the title of one of City Pages' Artists of the Year.

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Community College Grads Out-earn Bachelor's Degree Holders

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Nearly 30% of Americans with associate's degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities.

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