Sophomores are required to purchase departmentally approved dress forms.
The fashion design curriculum offers technical and design courses that provide skills required in the fashion industry. Individual designs are presented in two-dimensional form, developed and perfected through techniques used in the fashion industry, and then executed in final and three-dimensional form in fabrics appropriate to the design. Junior design students are encouraged to complete internships in the fashion industry in New York City. Internships provide not only experience but industry contacts, and are strongly recommended. They may be conducted primarily during the summer semester.
Study abroad programs are readily available for fashion design majors.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional General Education requirements (9 credits)|
|English literature or foreign language||3|
|General education electives from the College of Humanities and Sciences||6|
|Collateral requirements (23 credits)|
|Art Foundation Program|
|ARTF 131 Drawing Studio||3|
|ARTF 132 Surface Research||3|
|ARTF 133 Space Research||3|
|ARTF 134 Time Studio||3|
|ARTF 139 Project||2|
|ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art||6|
|Art history elective||3|
|Major requirements (61 credits)|
|FASH 201 Construction Techniques||3|
|FASH 202 Draping||3|
|FASH 203-204 Patternmaking||6|
|FASH 205-206 Fashion Drawing I||6|
|FASH 290 Textiles for the Fashion Industry||3|
|FASH 301 Design I Studio (two sections)||6|
|FASH 302 Design I Studio (two sections)||6|
|FASH 319 Contemporary Fashion||3|
|FASH 345 Computers for Fashion Design: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator||3|
|FASH 401 Design II Studio (two sections)||6|
|FASH 402 Design II Studio (two sections)||6|
|FASH 403 Design Theory and Illustration I (two sections)||6|
|FASH 404 Design Theory and Illustration II (portfolio)||3|
|FASH 490 Fashion Seminar||1|
|Open electives (6 credits)||6|
|Choose courses at 300 level or higher|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
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