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.
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.
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 degree in Fashion Design. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.
- 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
- 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
- MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
- 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
- IS 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media*
- MATH 140 Basic Statistics*
- MGT 210 Business Writing*
- PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography*
- PHOTO 242 Fashion and Portrait Photography
~Course under development
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor is available in Fashion Design. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.
Calendar of Events
- J.R. Mitchell Memorial Book Talk: Dancing at the Rascal Fair
- Wed Jan 28
- Greenspring Campus
- Art Exhibition: Impedance (Reception)
- Wed Feb 04
- Greenspring Campus
- Film and Moving Image Artist-in-Residence: Michael Tully
- Thu Feb 05
- Owings Mills North Campus
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.