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