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Fashion Design

At Stevenson, your love of fashion could shape your career.

Our technical Fashion Design program was created to put students like you on a career path in the exciting global women's wear, men's wear, and children's wear industries.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    You'll find that our Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design program combines your individual aesthetic as a designer with an understanding of the market, historical context of fashion and costume, consumer psychology, materials, and techniques of apparel construction. The program primarily focuses on studio work and other discipline-specific coursework to help you develop your personal design voice and vision while developing your potential as a practicing technical fashion design professional.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Apply the skills, concepts, methodologies, and behaviors to be practicing technical fashion design professionals.
    • Execute sophisticated rendering, design, and computer skills to illustrate concepts, communicate design development ideas, create effective presentations, and translate into technical specifications.
    • Demonstrate competence in visual expression of garment design from experience of the human form through life drawing and fashion drawing conventions to represent the clothed figure.
    • Create a fashion portfolio of finished art, collections, and work and presentation boards expressing a personal voice and vision.
    • Employ concepts of sustainability in global environmental, social and economic contexts as fundamental characteristics of comprehensive design strategies in the fashion industry.
    • Articulate the history of fashion and costume design in a context of applied research and analysis.
    • Integrate fashion design in the business context and use research to discern consumer psychology, markets, and trends to create strategically targeted product lines.
    • Actively collaborate with design, merchandising, management, and specialty groups to make informed garment design decisions.

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Fashion Design program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Fashion Design?

    The Fashion Design program at Stevenson draws on the expertise of its advisory board, which is comprised of leaders from all aspects of the industry-including manufacturing, design studios, fashion retailers, professional organizations, and more-for advice and networking. You'll also benefit from the expertise of Sally DiMarco, Program Coordinator, whose Draping Basics textbook is used in classrooms across the country. You'll work in a dedicated fashion design studio using two- and three-dimensional manual and computer-aided patternmaking and specialized fashion designing techniques.

    • Participate in the program's Gallery Student Fashion exhibits locally and in New York City.
    • Showcase your creations in the Annual Fashion Show.
    • Take advantage of other local opportunities, including Artscape, Baltimore Fashion Week, and the Baltimore Fashion Alliance.
    • Travel to Europe and take tours of the major fashion capitols of the world.
    • Visit New York's renowned Garment District and see fashion and art museums, design houses, and other industry-related settings.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for the completion of the bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    • ART 106 Introduction to Art History
    • ART 110 Fundamentals of Design I
    • ART 113 Fundamentals of Design II
    • ART 116 Drawing I
    • ART 117 Drawing II
    • ART 217 Figure Drawing
    • ART 315 Surface Design
    • FDES 100 First-Year Fashion Design Seminar
    • FDES 200 Introduction to Textiles
    • FDES 201 Fashion Design I
    • FDES 202 Fashion Design II
    • FDES 203 Garment Construction Studio
    • FDES 205 Computer-Aided Pattern Design I
    • FDES 210 Fashion Illustration I
    • FDES 274 History of Fashion
      or FDES 280 Fashion Design Study Abroad
    • FDES 301 Fashion Design III
    • FDES 302 Fashion Illustration II
    • FDES 303 Fashion Design IV
    • FDES 305 Computer-Aided Pattern Design Il
    • FDES 401 Fashion Design V: Senior Studio I
    • FDES 403 Fashion Design Vl: Senior Studio ll
    • FDES 404 Fashion Design VII: Product Development
    • FDES 417 Fashion Design Internship
    • MATH 140 Basic Statistics
    • MGT 210 Business Writing
    • MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
    • PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography
    • PHOTO 242 Fashion and Portrait Photography
    • VCD 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media

    Last Updated: 03/17/2015

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in Fashion Design is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 03/19/2015

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Fashion Design program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Design Assistant
• Pattern and Sample Developer
• Product Developer
• Fashion Writer
• Textile Designer
• Creative Designer
• Technical Designer

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.


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