Apparel Design - BA, BS
Apparel design is a creative and highly competitive profession. That is why St. Kate's apparel design major is rigorous and dedicated to teaching students the skills they need to stay a step ahead of the competition. Students learn to transform inspiration into innovative designs; make clothes for real bodies, not just the dressmaker form; be innovative with all types of material; and respect sustainable practices because eco-fashion and a focus on human rights in manufacturing are growing trends among consumers. In classes, students discuss fair trade practices, workers' rights, upcycling and sustainable design, and sourcing local products and materials.
Students will be prepared for careers in product development, technical design, ready-to-wear, couture and custom design. In addition to apparel design courses, students will complete relevant courses in art, business, and communications. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or year at the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, Acadia Fashion Institute in Florence or other approved study-abroad programs.
Students may participate in 10- to 21-day off-campus study courses in London/Paris/Florence, India or other locations. On these trips, they will experience first-hand discussions with fashion designers, trend and color forecasters, costume designers for Broadway or the London Theater, fashion magazine editors, buyers, textile wholesalers and manufacturers. Students also will attend fashion exhibitions and view collections at major museums.
Students seeking to major in apparel design are required to submit five to seven fashion design sketches at the time of admission or declaration of the major that provide evidence of their commitment to design and creative mindset.
See also: Fashion Merchandising.
This major is offered in the College for Women only.
|FASH 1000||Introduction to Fashion Careers||2|
|FASH 2050||Textiles with Lab||4|
|FASH 2100||Apparel Construction and Analysis||4|
|FASH 2150W||Sociocultural Aspects of Dress||4|
|FASH 3000||History of Dress||4|
|FASH 3150||Aesthetics and Trends||4|
|APPD 2500||Fashion Illustration and Portfolio Development||4|
|APPD 3050||Advanced Construction Methods||4|
|APPD 3200||Computer Aided Design and Development||4|
|APPD 3400||Draping and Creative Design||4|
|APPD 4400||Advanced Patternmaking||4|
|APPD 4800||Apparel Design Seminar||4|
|Required Supporting Courses 1|
|ACCT 2112||Financial Accounting I||2|
|ART 2250||Art and Technology||4|
|ART 2600||Figure Drawing||4|
|or ART 1200||Drawing|
|COMM 1030||Speaking to Lead and Influence||4|
|MKTG 2302||Introduction to Marketing||2|
|MRCH 3200||Technical Garment Analysis||4|
|MRCH 3300||Non-Store Retailing||4|
|MRCH 4400||Product Development||4|
Second degree students are only required to complete a minimum of four courses from this list of required supporting courses.
Apparel design majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FASH 2150W Sociocultural Aspects of Dress. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and one other writing intensive course in this or another department).