About
The School

The School of Apparel Design & Development at Seattle Central is the most technically oriented design program in the region with a reputation as a center for relevant and innovative learning. Our comprehensive curriculum prepares you with the professional skills to launch your fashion career. For 70 years, we have provided effective design and technical career training, and have placed thousands of graduates in the marketplace. Located in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, the school enjoys strong partnerships with apparel companies — in the Northwest, nationally and internationally. Many of our alumni have risen as top leaders in our industry. Employers rely on the School of Apparel Design & Development for employees who bring relevant skills to their companies.

Student
Success
Story

Deborah Roberts

Degree Emphasis

Women's Wear

Current Employer

Owner/Designer of Silvae of the Woods

Inspiration

Nature and the Pacific Northwest. Silvae means "of the woods" in Latin.

Graduation Date

2010

Student
Success
Story

Sonia McBride

Degree Emphasis

Urban Cycle Wear

Current Employer

Union Bay

Inspiration

Structured, tailored vintage wear from the 1920's to the 1950's.

Graduation Date

2011

Student
Success
Story

Jenny Mae & Kristine

Degree Emphasis

Sleepwear

Current Employer

Sewn Product Services Owners Jenny Mae Miller & Kristine Carlton

Inspiration

Supporting sewn products manufactured in America

Graduation Date

2009

Student
Success
Story

Amy Eshelman

Degree Emphasis

Women's Wool Outerwear

Current Employer

Nordstrom

Inspiration

Vibrant hues and soft, textural elements of Kodachrome film from the early 60's.

Graduation Date

2013

Philosophy

No.1

Creative

We are passionate about our industry and always take the extra step to bring out the best creative work in our students—we do this by providing skill development and the needed support to pave the way for learning.

No.2

Innovative

We inspire our students with an innovative curriculum taught by faculty who bring dedication and industry experience to the classroom.

No.3

Vibrant

We bring the vibrancy of our urban setting on Seattle’s Capitol Hill into the classroom. Students work in 10,000 square feet of studio space equipped with up-to-date technology and industrial equipment.