The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design is designed to prepare students to meet the current needs of the fashion industry and give students an opportunity to become creative designers who can develop fashion apparel for a specific target market. This degree program emphasizes innovation and creativity in design.
Along with foundation-level technical skills, students will have the opportunity to develop competencies such as research skills, visioning, and critiquing, through manual and computer work. Students will be introduced to the basic skills of construction, sewing, flat pattern drafting and draping. Courses are designed to teach students how to take ideas from the planning stage through the construction process to the finished garment. Students then have the opportunity to move on to the development of collections with opportunities to present their creativity in fashion shows and competitions.
This Baccalaureate program is designed to provide a fundamental background in fashion design, through the introduction to the theory and practice of draping, pattern drafting, construction and sewing, fashion illustration, and creative design. These skills are enhanced through computerized patternmaking and design hardware and software systems. Advanced courses are designed to provide students with instruction on surface design and enable students to select a professional direction in women’s, men’s or children’s design. The program is designed to develop professional skills as well as technical knowledge.
Students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design are prepared to seek entry-level positions such as Assistant Designers, Design Technicians, Textile Designers, Fashion Illustrators, Sourcing Specialists, Merchandise Managers, and Product Development Specialists. Students may be able to pursue opening their own businesses in clothing design and production, retailing and couture boutiques.