Fashion Designing Courses (DEC) | LaSalle College Montréal

DEC in Fashion Design

DEC | 571.A0

Fashion Design DEC program, the starting point for all major collections.

Exhilarating, the career of fashion designer is for strong-willed and highly creative individuals.

A fashion designer must deliver collections that respond to avid demands for something new. Being able to create collections for specific demographic niches is primordial.

A career fit for the innovative

The latest trends in fashion are in one day and out the next. For this reason, a designer must constantly anticipate future trends and be inspired by them to create their latest designs.

As of now, at LaSalle College, students have the option to study in both French and English. It is our bilingual option.

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Signature 2022

Signature Fashion Show

The final project of the fashion students, the Signature Fashion Show, has been the largest fashion show in Canada for nearly 30 years.

Fashion Trips

Our students have the chance to enrich their learning with two school trips that explore the world’s major fashion capitals: New York and Paris-London.

Denis Gagnon

Spotlight on Our Graduates

For nearly 50 years, the International School of Fashion, Arts and Design has been propelling young talent nationally and internationally.


  • At the Montréal campus.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC).

Holders of a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Fashion Design can pursue university studies.

A career in marketing culminates in a management role within the evolving world of fashion. Your LaSalle College training will help you be prepared for a career in fields such as:

  • Fashion designer
  • Stylist
  • Modeller
  • Patternmaker
  • Fashion coordinator

To have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES)


To have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV


To have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the College.

Restyle your DEC program in fashion in the image of what YOU want to be with A program in your own colors.

  • Make YOUR DREAMS a reality with the tools that will be provided to you
  • Give your courses a personal touch by tailoring projects according to YOUR PERSONAL INTERESTS
  • Build a portfolio reflecting YOUR AMBITIONS

Semester 1

  • Composition of Simple Garments (90 h)
  • Assembling Principles of Simple Garments (45 h)
  • Designer Profession (45 h)
  • Graphic Process Application and Visual Presentation (90 h)
  • Study and Utilization of Raw Materials (45 h)

Semester 2

  • Composition of Various Garments (105 h)
  • Assembling Orinciples of Various Garments (45 h)
  • Style Research by Draping (45 h)
  • Fashion Concepts (75 h)
  • Fashion Phenomena (45 h)
  • Research of Raw Materials for the Production of Garments (45 h)

Semester 3

  • Composition of Elaborated Garment (60 h)
  • Garment Construction and Computer (45 h)
  • Garment Feasibility (60 h)
  • Fashion and Society (45 h)
  • Research of Distinct Fashion Concepts (75 h)
  • Fashion Products Development (60 h)

Semester 4

  • Garments Production (45 h)
  • Technical Files Elaboration (60 h)
  • Defining Characteristics of a Collection (90 h)
  • Detailed Planning and Prototypes (105 h)
  • Trend Analysis and Presentation (45 h)

Semester 5

  • Production of the Collection Plan (75 h)
  • Collection Elaboration and Prototypes (105 h)
  • Garment Evaluation (75 h)
  • Planning and Production (45h)
  • Buying and Selling of Products and Services (45 h)

Semester 6

  • Collection for Target Markets (90 h)
  • Presentation and Evaluation of Collections (75 h)
  • Elaboration of the Portfolio (60 h)
  • Fashion Promotion (60 h)
  • Fashion Design – Integration or Fashion Design Profile (120 h)

* The College reserves the right to substitute some courses.

  • 3 Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • 3 Humanities courses (150 h)
  • 4 Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language courses (90 h)
  • 2 complementary courses (90 h)

This training is offered in English, in French or as a bilingual option. Please consult the Bilingual options section for more details.

Work experience is recognized and in high demand by employers. The Work-Study Program (WSP) is an educational model that allows you to undertake two paid internships during your studies to gain work experience related to your field of study. Please consult the Work-Study Program section for more details. Not available to students who begin in the Winter semester.

The use of a laptop computer is mandatory (learn more). Standard or student license software must be installed when requested by teachers.

The following features are required for Macs and PCs:

  • iOS or Windows 10 operating system in the teaching language (English or French)
  • Processor: Intel I5 minimum compatible with virtualization.
  • Memory: 4 GB (8 GB recommended, particularly for Illustrator)
  • Hard drive: 500 GB minimum
  • Screen: 14 inches minimum
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and LAN
  • Ports: minimum of one USB 3.0 port
  • Mouse (may be wireless)

Required software: Creative Cloud Suite and Office Suite (or equivalent for Mac).