Fashion Design

School of Design

Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising

Chair: Forest Bell, M.S.

Description

The Fashion Design degree curriculum synthesizes the individual esthetic of the designer with an understanding of the market, historical context of fashion and costume, consumer psychology, materials, and techniques of apparel construction.

The major's curriculum focus is primarily on studio work and other discipline-specific course work central to its mission of developing the student’s individual design voice and vision while developing their potential as practicing technical fashion design professionals.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate the skills, theories, research and problem-solving methodologies, and behaviors of a practicing fashion design professional.
  2. Construct comprehensive design strategies considering sustainability in global, environmental, social and economic contexts.
  3. Formulate a personal design ideology considering historical, cultural, and social relevance/contexts.
  4. Synthesize design concepts employing areas of trend analysis, merchandising, consumer psychology, retailing, and materials to create strategically-targeted designs.
  5. Use appropriate industry terminology in the critique of fashion concepts and designs.
  6. Assemble a collection of finished fashion work for a defined audience demonstrating the application of industry knowledge and experience.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to advance to the next course without earning a grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite course(s). When a grade below "C" is earned in a major course, the student must repeat that course.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for the completion of the bachelor's degree in fashion design. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

ART 110Fundamentals of Design I

3 credits

ART 113Fundamentals of Design II

3 credits

ART 116Drawing I

3 credits

ART 117Drawing II

3 credits

FDES 101Construction Fundamentals

1 credit

FDES 200Textiles

3 credits

FDES 201Fashion Design I

3 credits

FDES 202Fundamentals of Draping

3 credits

FDES 203Garment Construction Studio

3 credits

FDES 205Computer-Aided Pattern Design I

3 credits

FDES 210Fashion Illustration

3 credits

FDES 274History of Fashion

3 credits

FDES 290/FMER 290Internship Preparation

1 credit

FDES 301Tailoring

3 credits

FDES 302Technical Illustration

3 credits

FDES 303Concept Development in Fashion Design

3 credits

FDES 315/FMER 315Writing for Fashion

3 credits

FDES 390/FMER 390Internship

3 credits

FDES 401Collections I

3 credits

FDES 403Collections II

3 credits

FDES 404Product Development and Manufacturing

3 credits

FDES 470Portfolio

1 credit

GDES 125Fundamentals of Digital Media

3 credits

MGT 210Business Writing

3 credits

MKT 206Principles of Marketing

3 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Fashion Design

Minor in Fashion Design

The minor in fashion design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FDES course prefix designator. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Course Descriptions

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