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Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.

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Fashion Design

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

The Fashion Design degree curriculum synthesizes the individual esthetic of the designer with an understanding of the market, historical context of fashion and costume, consumer psychology, materials, and techniques of apparel construction.

The major's curriculum focus is primarily on studio work and other discipline-specific course work central to its mission of developing the student’s individual design voice and vision while developing their potential as practicing technical fashion design professionals.

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With an academic background in Fashion Design, students can better understand functionality, fit and aesthetics to meet and anticipate consumer demands in careers such as: Design Assistant; Pattern and Sample Developer; Product Developer; Fashion Writer; Textile Designer; Creative Designer; Technical Designer
  • 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?

    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design, graduates will be able to:

    • Integrate the skills, theories, research and problem-solving methodologies, and behaviors of a practicing fashion design professional.
    • Construct comprehensive design strategies considering sustainability in global, enviromental, social and economic contexts.
    • Formulate a personal design ideology considering historical, cultural, and social relevance/contexts.
    • Synthesize design concepts employing areas of trend analysis, merchandising, consumer psychology, retailing, and materials to create strategically-targeted designs.
    • Use appropriate industry terminology in the critique of fashion concepts and designs.
    • Assemble a collection of finished fashion work for a defined audience demonstrating the application of industry knowledge and experience.

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

    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

    Course Sequence

    Fashion Design

    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

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar
    ART 110 Fundamentals of Design I
    ART 113 Fundamentals of Design II
    ART 116 Drawing I
    ART 117 Drawing II
    FDES 101 Construction Fundamentals
    FDES 200 Textiles
    FDES 201 Fashion Design I
    FDES 202 Fundamentals of Draping
    FDES 203 Garment Construction Studio
    FDES 205 Computer-Aided Pattern Design I
    FDES 210 Fashion Illustration
    FDES 274 History of Fashion
    FDES 290/FMER 290 Internship Preparation 
    FDES 301 Tailoring
    FDES 302 Technical Illustration
    FDES 303 Concept Development in Fashion Design
    FDES 315/FMER 315 Writing for Fashion
    FDES 390/FMER 390 Internship 
    FDES 401 Collections I
    FDES 403 Collections II
    FDES 404 Product Development and Manufacturing
    FDES 470 Portfolio
    GDES 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media
    MGT 210 Business Writing
    MKT 206 Principles of Marketing

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    The minor in fashion design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FDES course prefix designator. 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. General information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

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