The Fashion Design program explores 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 Fashion Design bachelor’s program prepares students to seek entry-level positions within the fashion design industry by attaining 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 provide students with the opportunity to focus on specific design areas. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to accept a wide and increasing variety of positions in the fashion design field.
• Basic Skills - Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of apparel production processes from concept development through finished product
• Process Skills - Graduates will demonstrate advanced skills in construction, draping, fitting, and patternmaking as well as in specialty textile design, and product and concept development
• Technology and Production - Graduates will demonstrate the ability to use industry software to create, grade, and mark patterns; use software to develop specification sheets; and develop advanced knowledge of technical sketching and computer design
• Communication - Graduates can explain connections between world events and design, color, and forecasting trends in the apparel industry, and apply current events to business trends
• Professional Practice - Graduates will demonstrate ability to apply professional standards and business concepts related to apparel design, including the ability to work collaboratively and to present and articulate concepts
To receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.