Fashion Design (B.A.)

Fashion design for the multidisciplinary thinker

If you want to be prepared to work as a fashion designer, while also gaining skills in product development and fashion journalism, you may want to consider the Fashion Design B.A. program at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Our program educates students in the art, philosophy, theory, and process of fashion design in the 21st century.

The curriculum provides an aesthetic and intellectual environment founded on the design process, and enhanced by the interplay of technique, function, technology, and individual creative expression. The program uses and builds on the essential foundations of the arts and sciences, encouraging students to be creative multidisciplinary thinkers and skilled communicators.

Learn how to create as a fashion designer

You learn about materials used to make garments, gaining knowledge of fibers, weaves, and finishes. You will develop your own creativity in the process of designing and constructing garments - learning various techniques like pattern development, draping, and tailoring along the way.

You also learn relevant industry technologies while studying the cultural, theoretical, and aesthetic history of fashion design.

B.A. in Fashion Design curriculum

Students must complete at least 37 credit hours of coursework, including the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements and the following:

  • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • SOAD-F 202 Introductory Textile Science: Laboratory
  • SOAD-F 203 Materials for Fashion Design
  • SOAD-F 207 Fashion Studio I
  • SOAD-F 213 Fashion Design I: Research and Illustration
  • SOAD-F 217 Fashion Design II: Ideation
  • SOAD-F 303 Fashion Studio II
  • SOAD-F 305 Fashion Studio III
  • SOAD-F 340 History of Fashion
  • SOAD-F 417 Fashion Design III: Presentation and Analysis
  • One (1) Experimental Fashion Studio course at the 300--400 level selected from:
    • SOAD-F 306 Experimental Fashion Studio: Tailoring
    • SOAD-F 325 Experimental Fashion Studio: Shape and Foundation
    • SOAD-F 326 Experimental Fashion Studio: Accessories
    • SOAD-F 328 Experimental Fashion Studio: Digital Applications
    • SOAD-F 408 Experimental Fashion Studio: Draping
  • One (1) Dress Studies course at the 300--400 level selected from:
    • SOAD-F 301 Dress Studies: Topics in Cultural Analysis
    • SOAD-F 311 History of Dress
    • SOAD-F 352 Dress Studies: Aesthetics Analysis
    • SOAD-F 402 Collection Management for Historic Textiles and Costumes
    • SOAD-F 406 Dress Studies: Theory and Analysis
    • SOAD-F 411 Dress Studies: Behavioral Analysis
    • SOAD-F 485 Advanced Special Topics in Fashion Design
  • One (1) additional course at the 300--400 level selected from:
    • Primary list above (Experimental Fashion Studio)
    • Secondary list above (Dress Studies)
    • SOAD-C 380 Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design
    • SOAD-C 381 Topical Issues in Collaborative Design
    • SOAD-C 480 Special Problems in Comprehensive Design
    • SOAD-C 481 Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design

Complete 1-3 below (these courses are not counted toward the hours required in the major):

  1. Grade of C– or higher in MATH-M 118, M119, or equivalent. Higher courses may be substituted.
  2. Six (6) credit hours in courses chosen from the following:
    1. Any SOAD-S course
    2. SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
    3. SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops
  3. Six (6) credit hours in Art History (ARTH) courses.

Fashion design internships

Fashion Design majors take their education in many directions, with most graduates moving directly into full-time entry-level positions. Opportunities are available at corporate offices, with independent designers, and with internet-based companies and design firms. Students have also used their degree to transition into careers in costume design, journalism, public relations, and sales.

Previous fashion design students have accepted internships or full-time entry-level roles with organizations such as:

  • Adidas
  • Atrium
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Bonobos
  • Chico's/White House - Black Market
  • Express
  • The Gap
  • Garan
  • Intermix
  • Kohl's
  • Limited
  • Macy's
  • Motionwear
  • PVH
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Target
  • Worldwide Apparel

Many students begin exploring internship opportunities as early as after their sophomore year. Qualified students may earn academic credit for summer internships. Consult your academic advisor to learn more.