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Find your voice. Unfold 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.

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Apply Your Talents in Your First Year

Each spring, our Fashion Design students produce Stevenson’s Annual Fashion Show, from planning the logistics to showcasing their own creations.

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Exceptional Experiences
Students in our Fashion Design program think outside of the box—and travel outside of the classroom—when they present work at an NYC Fashion Week event.
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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Fashion Design Majors

Graduates of our Business Communication program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Textile Developer
  • Quality Assurance
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Personal Stylist
  • Trend Forecaster
  • Sourcing

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

Courses and 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

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

Suggested Course Sequence

Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors

Minor

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.

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Meet Our Students & Alumni

Finding Fulfillment
Lacey DeJordy '19
"My favorite thing about my major is getting to show off my work in a physical form. There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a project and being able to show people what you created."
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