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Sustainable Fashion Production Grad Cert GBC

Sustainable Fashion Production Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

In this program, you will learn how to manage the manufacturing of small batch apparel products in an apparel manufacturing laboratory facility.  Focus will be on:

  • Pre-production analysis, selection of appropriate techniques and technology;
  • Flow and efficiency;
  • Human resource ethics;
  • Environmental concerns and quality and;
  • Costing.

You will be examining manufacturing methods including lean, machinery, material requirements and production flow, and observe first-hand, the development and manufacture of apparel products.

Management of production will be experienced through the development of costing, capacity, process mapping, work measurement, value stream mapping and other planning tools.

As you will be using industry technology, such as product lifecycle management tools, to track apparel products through product development and manufacturing stages, the processes, management tools and knowledge could be applied to product design in other fields.

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Course Delivery

This Sustainable Fashion Production Graduate Certificate program of George Brown College is offered at the  School of Fashion Studies campus located at Fashion Exchange, 63 Regent Park Blvd.

You will be completing a Field Education preparation course in semester 2 and will be required to connect with an industry employer where you must complete 160 hours of field education in semester three.


Depending on previous academic and work experience, you may pursue career opportunities in the industry such as:

  • Production Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Pre-Production Coordinator
  • Factory Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Manufacturing Production Manager
  • Apparel Production Supervisor
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Sustainability Auditor
  • Technical Development Director

Sustainable Production Managers will be trained to work with companies who produce goods in local apparel production plants. They can also work with companies who outsource production overseas, as greater scrutiny of the process is needed to ensure environmental, social and other compliance requirements are met.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Select appropriate apparel production techniques and technology (e.g. machines, cutting room) to optimize manufacturing results;
  2. Manage the manufacture of garments using lean manufacturing and small batch production principles;
  3. Implement pre-production process, including textile sourcing and equipment analysis, to ensure sustainable production;
  4. Manage the steps of the manufacturing process using product lifecycle management tools and software;
  5. Assess apparel manufacturing processes for evidence of social, environmental and economic sustainability;
  6. Perform costing, time, and plant layout to determine production flow and efficient use of resources;
  7. Analyze cost and quality of materials to inform product development and manufacturing decisions.

Course Outline


  • FAMP1001:  Apparel Manufacturing
  • FAMP1015:  Apparel Preproduction Management
  • FAMP1004:  Issues in Sustainability
  • FAMP1006:  Operations Management in Apparel Production
  • FAMP1008:  Financial Sustainability for Apparel Production
  • FAMP1025:  Design and Product Development Technology


  • FAMP2014:  Environmental Sustainability for Product Development
  • FAMP2010:  Production Management Studio
  • FAMP2034:  Lean Apparel Production
  • FAMP2044:  Apparel Production Floor
  • FAMP2020:  Quality and Costing
  • FAMP2025:  Field Education Preparation


  • FAMP2024:  Human Resources Management in Apparel Production
  • FAMP2026:  Field Education Placement

Course Info

Course Code : F415

College : School of Fashion Studies

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only ONE intake per year and this is in SEPTEMBER.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Fashion Studies of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a Bachelor's Degree or Diploma in the fields of Fashion, Business or Engineering with a minimum program GPA of 2.7 OR:
    • Possess a degree or diploma from other fields, with a minimum program GPA of 2.7.  You must apply with:
      • A resume;
      • At least 2 years' previous work experience in the apparel field.
    • If you do not have a fashion background, you will be required to take FASH 1082 (World of Fashion) in Semester 1.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band

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