The fashion design program provides students with the skills to design, create, and develop product from concept to production.
This intellectually stimulating program approaches the making and study of fashion through multiple lenses, incorporating the historic and contemporary impact of fashion on society and emerging technologies within a global landscape.
[Above] Fashion design students work with alumna Emme, the founder of Fashion Without Limits: Changing The Face of Fashion. The program is a first-of-its-kind inclusive, fashion design initiative teaching future designers how to design for all women, from size 0 to size 24+.
As one of our students, you will progress over four years to learn industry-standard skills of fashion design, construction, and presentation. In every class, whether fashion illustration or flat pattern making, creative design is married to technical skill. Fashion courses, including specific instruction in Optitex CAD and Adobe Suite geared toward the fashion industry, are complemented by a host of elective art and design based courses. Professional designers and retail experts frequently visit, maintaining strong connections between the program and industry. A direct placement program with the London College of Fashion offers students majoring in fashion design a professional semester in London, England.
Our graduates work for design houses in small-scale or mass distribution, trade magazines, fashion periodicals, and support industries.
This four-year bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program is one of a handful of programs to be recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and is included in all of the activities and competitions sponsored by the CFDA.
Please note that students interested in fashion design must declare their major before they begin their first year.
[Above] The fashion design class of 2021 presents their collections.
Below are the general program requirements for the B.F.A. degree in fashion design.
Major requirements: 54 credits
Art history requirements: 12 credits
Academic requirements: 6 credits
Academic electives: 21 credits
Studio electives: 27 credits
Total Credits: 120