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 objectives 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 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.
FYS 100 First Year Seminar 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 or Figure Drawing or PHOTO 242 Fashion and Portrait Photography ART 315 Surface Design FDES 101 Garment Construction Techniques 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 or History of Fashion or FDES 280 Fashion Design Study Abroad FDES 290 Internship Preparation FDES 301 Fashion Design III FDES 302 Fashion Illustration II FDES 303 Fashion Design IV FDES 305 Computer-Aided Pattern Design Il FDES 315/ FMER 315 Writing for Fashion FDES 390 Internship FDES 401 Fashion Design V: Senior Studio I FDES 403 Fashion Design Vl: Senior Studio ll FDES 404 Fashion Design VII: Product Development MGT 210 Business Writing MKT 206 Principles of Marketing PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography VCD 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media
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Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
The minor in fashion design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FD prefix. 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: 06/07/2017
Earn a Minor
Launch, run, and build your own creative business. Students majoring in Fashion Design can prepare to launch their own innovative enterprise with a professional minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development.
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.
Visual Arts & Design Portfolios
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.