Develop your Vision & Shape your Fashion Career
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Stevenson’s Fashion Design program synthesizes the individual aesthetic of the designer with an understanding of the market, historical context of fashion and costume, consumer psychology, materials, and techniques of apparel construction. The coursework focuses primarily on studio work and other discipline-specific work central to develop your individual design voice and vision and your potential as a practicing technical fashion design professional.
Graduates of the Fashion Design program will:
- 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, environmental, 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.
Stevenson Fashion Design
Connection to Career
- Fashions Unlimited
- J. Crew
- Joseph A. Bank
- MB Design Gallery
- Under Armour
- Amazon Logistics
- Gerber Technology
- Under Armour
- White House Black Market
- Fashion Writer
- Pattern and Sample Developer
- Product Developer
- Textile Designer
Local, Hands-on Experiences
Each spring, our Fashion Design students produce Stevenson’s Annual Fashion Show, from planning the logistics to showcasing their own creations.
Study Fashion Design at Stevenson
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||1 credit|
|ART 110||Fundamentals of Design I||3 credits|
|ART 113||Fundamentals of Design II||3 credits|
|ART 116||Drawing I||3 credits|
|ART 117||Drawing II||3 credits|
|FDES 101||Construction Fundamentals||1 credit|
|FDES 200||Textiles||3 credits|
|FDES 201||Fashion Design I||3 credits|
|FDES 202||Fundamentals of Draping||3 credits|
|FDES 203||Garment Construction Studio||3 credits|
|FDES 205||Computer-Aided Pattern Design I||3 credits|
|FDES 210||Fashion Illustration||3 credits|
|FDES 274||History of Fashion||3 credits|
|FDES 290||Internship Preparation||1 credit|
|FDES 301||Tailoring||3 credits|
|FDES 302||Technical Illustration||3 credits|
|FDES 303||Concept Development in Fashion Design||3 credits|
|FDES 315/FMER 315||Writing for Fashion||3 credits|
|FDES 390||Internship||3 credits|
|FDES 401||Collections I||3 credits|
|FDES 403||Collections II||3 credits|
|FDES 404||Product Development and Manufacturing||3 credits|
|FDES 470||Portfolio||1 credit|
|GDES 125||Fundamentals of Digital Media||3 credits|
|MGT 210||Business Writing||3 credits|
|MKT 206||Principles of Marketing||3 credits|
The minor in fashion design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FDES course prefix designator. SOD 395 may also be taken to as a course that will fulfill a minor requirement. 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.
Visual Arts and Design Portfolios
Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.
Visual Arts Scholarship
Stevenson’s School of Design offers portfolio-based Visual Arts Scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students who plan to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, or Graphic Design.
Each spring the Stevenson University Fashion Design Department features student work in their Annual Fashion Show. The show highlights original designs from courses taken during their four years in the Fashion Design Program. The show culminates with the senior class showcasing their collection comprised of seven looks.
2023 Fashion Show Information
Saturday, May 6 2023
Greenspring Campus, Inscape Theatre
Show starts at 6:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm
Tickets go on sale March 27
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Meet Our Students & Alumni
The Fundamentals of Fashion
Fashion Design Major
“It’s a little intense, life-changing, and unforgettable,” describes Ayesha Malik about her experience as an international transfer student. From Lahore, Pakistan, where she completed her associate degree in Fashion Design from the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Ayesha found herself drawn to Stevenson University for continuing her undergraduate studies. “I fell in love with the university the moment I stepped foot on campus,” she says.
by Brianna FisherWhen looking back on my time as a fashion merchandising student, there are many experiences that stand out. From our first trip to New York a couple weeks into the semester to the many networking events the p.
Amira Morsi's Senior CollectionBy: Karli BanasAmira’s collection was designed to be soft, beautiful, and Venus-like. Her main inspiration came from a perfume she likes and photos of flowers in water.
Tanyka Trotman's Senior CollectionBy: Karli BanasTanyka’s collection is inspired by Disney villains and the Met Gala. She feels Disney villains dress well, but their clothing is often overlooked by their wicked actions.
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.
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