Fashion design is the applied art of designing clothing and lifestyle accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time. The fashion design program is designed to explore industry practices from concept to consumer. Coursework incorporates technical sketching and fashion illustration, flat patternmaking and draping, computer-aided design, garment construction and fit, industry software knowledge, and conceptual and critical thinking. The curriculum offers exposure to global fashion business practices, product development, entrepreneurship and professional presentations.
The mission of the Fashion Design program is to prepare students for entry-level positions within the fashion design industry by providing a fundamental grounding in fashion design, technical illustration, design research and forecasting. The program includes an introduction to the theory and practice of creative design, draping, pattern drafting, construction and sewing. These skills are enhanced through industry-standard computerized hardware and software systems. Advanced courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to focus on specific design areas. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to pursue a wide variety of entry-level positions in the fashion design field.
Entry-Level Career Opportunities
Most fashion designers work for apparel manufacturers and create designs of men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions for the mass market. Some high-fashion designers are self-employed and design for individual clients. Other high-fashion designers cater to specialty stores or high-fashion department stores. These designers create original garments as well as those that follow established fashion trends. There are opportunities for work with various sectors that deal with fashion.
These include retail and wholesale garment businesses, haute couture, handloom/textile manufacturers, fashion show organizers and publishers, export houses dealing with garment/textile/handloom exports, television/film fashion program producers and costume designers. Graduates may seek entry-level positions with titles such as Assistant Fashion Designer, Assistant Technical Designer, Fashion Designer, Apparel Designer, Fabric/Textile Designer, Costume Designer, Technical Designer, Fashion Design Specialist, Sales Consultant, Salesperson/Sales Associate, Coordinator of Sales/Service, Buyer, Merchandiser, Visual Merchandiser, Merchandising Assistant, Product Developer, and Patternmaker.