What is a certificate? //
Certificate programs offer a series of classes that work well together to give students with a particular interest a firm foundation in a particular area. Theatre students are encouraged to take classes in Merchandising to learn about the business and consumer angle of costume design, and Merchandising students are often sent to the Theatre program to learn how apparel is designed and constructed. The Apparel Construction and Design Certificate Program brings these courses together to offer students a guided exploration of apparel design from both angles.
A certificate is a great thing for job-seekers to have on their resume, as it lets potential employers know about an area of expertise an applicant has within a more general degree, and gives them a sense of the skills the applicant will bring with them to a the job. The ACDC certificate is especially useful for students who want to develop or enhance their skills related to design, product development and apparel construction.
A certificate doesn’t replace a major or a minor, so you can keep your current major and still enroll in the Apparel Construction and Design Program.