Some colleges that offer courses related to dress designing include Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Santa Monica College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Courses can include Introduction to Draping, Apparel Design, Flat Pattern Design, Sewing Techniques, Patternmaking and Design, Gown Draping and Design and History of Fashion Design. Students interested in courses focusing specifically on dresses should contact individual schools for more information.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College offers a series of three courses in Gown Draping and Design as part of its Fashion Technology program. Students in the program can also take a series of three courses in Patternmaking or Fashion Sketching to learn about designing dresses.
Santa Monica College offers History of Fashion Design, in which students can learn about the evolution of garments such as dresses throughout history. These dresses can be used as inspiration for creating contemporary designs. Other course options include Pattern Drafting and Design, Draping and Apparel Construction.
The Fashion Institute of Technology offers a series of draping courses in which students learn how to design garments on a dress form. Courses in sewing techniques allow students to gain skills in cutting, constructing and finishing garments such as dresses. Other courses to consider are Materials and Construction, Apparel Design: Structured Silhouettes and Flat Pattern Design I.