Fashion Design Curriculum
The College of Art subscribes to the standards for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree as set forth and accepted by the College Art Association of American (CAA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For students entering the College of Art in fall 2021, a BFA degree requires a total of 121 credits of course work, and a BA degree requires 120 credits of course work.
In your first year, required studio coursework focuses on enhancing art and design core abilities, including drawing, 2D design, 3D design, digital media, and a weekly seminar highlighting the various ways of practicing design. Every first-year student is mentored by a dedicated academic advisor who guides them in shaping the educational and degree path they desire. This includes course selection and scheduling.
In your second year, you build a foundational understanding of clothing and fashion in contexts ranging from the personal to the industrial. Exploring both theory and practice, your fashion design introductory course engages concept, materials, and process to initiate you to nuanced aspects of the field. You thoughtfully work with textiles and learn to visualize fashion by using basic strategies for communication of garment design ideas and information.
As you advance in your studies, you undertake projects that address garment design problems, as well as fabrication strategies and textiles, while engaging in both analog and digital visualization in two and three dimensions. These projects provide myriad paths for developing your creativity and innovation.
All studio courses have a low student-to-faculty ratio to ensure personalized attention.
- The Business of Fashion
- Fashion History & Research
- Fashion Promotion & Exhibition
- Patternmaking & Production
- 2D Fashion Design Foundations
- 3D Fashion Design Foundations
- Digital Fashion & Textile Design
- Fiber Manipulation (elective)
- Fashion Collaboration (elective)
- Knitwear Design (elective)