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BA - Fashion Design

The fashion design concentration emphasizes skills in garment design, customer research, trend analysis and forecasting, technical design, and presentation skills while providing a strong technical background in advanced patternmaking, draping, and sewing. Communication within the industry regarding garment construction, detailing, and fabrication is a focus. Advanced techniques for development of the fashion flat and fashion illustration using industry-related computer-aided design programs are also executed. 

Various studio electives cover advanced design, patternmaking, draping, and sewing knowledge. These include construction utilizing hand tailoring methods, evaluation of construction and costing, advanced draping methods, knit and swimwear, and bridal and evening wear. Students gain an awareness of the aesthetics of fashion design by designing a collection from inspiration in each studio course and completing it with a finished garment and formal presentation. 

Students are also given the opportunity to share their creativity by participating in design competitions and showcasing their work at student art shows held throughout the year.

The fashion design concentration merges today’s latest computer software with skills in garment construction. Upon completion of the fashion design concentration, students should have the skill sets to secure employment opportunities within a fashion design or related field, communicate professionally using appropriate aesthetic principles for the business environment, and make significant contributions to the industry and community by supporting their peers and juniors in a mentoring role.

Below is an example of a degree plan for the Fashion Design Concentration. Check out our infographic about our Fashion Design program as well as career options available in this field.


BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN MERCHANDISING AND DESIGN
Concentration in Fashion Design [Sample Degree Plan]

First Trimester(15 credits)
ARTS 2303Art Appreciation II
ARTS 1317Drawing II
FASH 2372Advanced Patternmaking
MATH 1333Math for Liberal Arts II
MRKT 2377Branding
Second Trimester(15 credits)
ARTS 1312Design II
ARTS 2376Photographic Applications
COMM 2315Public Speaking
ENGL 1302Composition II
FASH 2374  Tailoring and Advanced Draping
Third Trimester(15 credits)
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting
ARTS 2377Vector Graphics
BUSI 2302Business Law II
FASH 2376  Technical Design
FASH 2378Knit and Swimwear Studio
Fourth Trimester(15 credits)
BUSI 2377Global Business
FASH 2379Evening and Bridal Wear Studio
PSYC 2303Psychology II
MRKT 2375Trend Forecasting
SUCC 2375Professional Practices
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