Bachelor of Fashion Design (BA)

Bachelor of Fashion Design (BA)

School of Social and Human Studies

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Core Courses and Topics in Fashion Design:

Pattern Drafting
Pattern Techniques
Gerber Pattern Drafting System
Textile Design
Fashion Sketching
Clothing Construction
Couture Techniques
Fashion Journalism
Costume Design
Specialty Design Exploration
Trend Forecasting
Evolution of Fashion
Fashion Design Applications
Stylizing Fashion
Event Planning and Trade Show Management
Production Techniques
Apparel Evaluation and Production
Creative Fashion Marketing


Orientation Courses:

What we do

Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
Seminar International Development (Publications)

Research Project in Fashion Design:

What we do

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of Fashion Design graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of Fashion Design

Job Description Bachelors in Fashion Design
Fashion Clothes Designers combine artistic vision, textile expertise and business acumen to create pieces of clothing that are wearable works of art. Most designers develop clothing for mass market sale, though some specialize in niche and haute couture design.

Fashion Clothes Designers review industry reports and observe popular culture to shape a creative vision that will appeal to consumers. They then develop hand-sketches for approval. Fabrics are chosen and a prototype is produced to polish the design. After final adjustments, a patternmaker develops a precise pattern to ensure fit of the finished garment.

Skills for Success

What we do

An artistic sense and textile skills alone are not enough to succeed in the industry. Fashion Clothes Designers must possess a thick skin and an ability to thrive under pressure. They must be able to meet tight deadlines, react quickly to changing demands and be able to learn from critique while maintaining their individual style.

Employment Opportunities for Fashion Design

Fashion Designer
Sales Rep
Marketing Manager
Shoe Designer
Purchasing Agent
Fashion Merchandising

Professional Associations

National Retail Federation (NRF)
National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers (NAFAD)
International Association of Clothing Designers (IACD)

Resources and Tools

Fashion Design Societies & Associations
Designer Entrepreneurs (DEs)