Fashion Design - BA, BS

Fashion design is a creative and highly competitive profession. That is why St. Kate's fashion design major is rigorous and dedicated to teaching students the hands-on skills they need to stay a step ahead of the competition. Students learn creative problem solving, the use of current CAD technologies, and how to transform inspiration into creative designs. Students make clothes for real bodies as well as the dressmaker form. Junior and senior students craft a collection of work to be shown at the year-end Katwalk fashion show. Sustainable design and manufacturing processes are integrated into each course. Our students support sustainable practices because Eco-fashion and a focus on human rights in manufacturing are important for consumers as well as the fashion industry. In classes, students discuss fair trade practices, workers' rights, up-cycling, and sustainable design, and sourcing ethically. It is all about the triple bottom line-People, Planet, and Profit.

Students will be prepared for careers in styling, trends, CAD, product development, creative design, technical design, quality assurance, ready-to-wear, couture, and custom design. A required internship and real-world course projects provide hands-on rich experiences. In addition to fashion design courses, students will complete relevant courses in art, business, and communications. Students may 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, Hong Kong/China, 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 and learn about global sustainability.

See also: Fashion Merchandising.

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


Prerequisite Course
FASH 1000Introduction to Fashion Careers2
Total Credits2
Major Courses
FASH 2050Textiles with Lab4
FASH 2100Apparel Construction and Analysis4
FASH 2150WSociocultural Aspects of Dress4
FASH 3000History of Dress4
FASH 3150Trend Forecasting and Analysis4
APPD 2500Fashion Illustration and Portfolio Development4
APPD 3050Advanced Construction Methods4
APPD 3150Patternmaking4
APPD 3200Computer Aided Design and Development4
APPD 3400Draping and Creative Design4
APPD 4400Collection Development4
APPD 4602Internship2
APPD 4800Capstone Collection4
Required Supporting Courses 1
ART 2150Color4
ART 2250Art and Technology4
ART 2600Figure Drawing4
or ART 1200 Drawing
BUSI 2012Business Analytics2-4
or ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
COMM 1030Speaking to Lead and Influence4
MKTG 2302Introduction to Marketing2
or SALE 2332 Introduction to Selling
MRCH 3200Technical Garment Analysis4
MRCH 3300Omnichannel Retail4
MRCH 4400Sustainable Product Development4
Total Credits82-84

Fashion 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).