The industry-aware BA in Fashion Studies is built on a shared core, offers students fashion product development and fashion merchandising concentrations, and culminates in a year-long, hands-on capstone experience–wherein students in both concentrations team with local producers to design, prototype, source, manufacture, bring to market, and actually sell their own designed and developed apparel.
Along the way, students are purposefully introduced to the fashion industry, design principles, trend research and forecasting, social media practices, textile and apparel identification and evaluation, global fashion history, fashion math, and other essential baseline knowledge and skills.
Curated elective clusters allow students to meaningfully deepen or broaden their studies and/or engagement in areas such as apparel construction, visual merchandising, wearable technology, surface embellishment, costume supervision, and a host of other revolving offerings.
Students are encouraged to minor across the college in programs such as the following in order to further contextualize their study and make themselves more marketable:
- Public Relations
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Art History
Those teaching in the BA in fashion studies program seek to maximize returns on student intellectual, creative, and practical investment, and are committed to helping graduates enter secure meaningful, fashion-related careers.