Develop your Vision & Shape your Fashion Career


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.

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

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.

Apply Your Talents in Your First Year

Students from Stevenson’s Fashion Design program got hands-on experience creating a visual display in the window of J.S. Edwards Ltd. in Pikesville, Maryland.

Student model at fashion show

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 Paths for Fashion Design Majors

Graduates of our Fashion Design 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 Career Connection Center.


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 100First Year Seminar1 credit
ART 110Fundamentals of Design I3 credits
ART 113Fundamentals of Design II3 credits
ART 116Drawing I3 credits
ART 117Drawing II3 credits
FDES 101Construction Fundamentals1 credit
FDES 200Textiles3 credits
FDES 201Fashion Design I3 credits
FDES 202Fundamentals of Draping3 credits
FDES 203Garment Construction Studio3 credits
FDES 205Computer-Aided Pattern Design I3 credits
FDES 210Fashion Illustration3 credits
FDES 274History of Fashion3 credits
FDES 290Internship Preparation1 credit
FDES 301Tailoring3 credits
FDES 302Technical Illustration3 credits
FDES 303Concept Development in Fashion Design3 credits
FDES 315/FMER 315Writing for Fashion3 credits
FDES 390Internship3 credits
FDES 401Collections I3 credits
FDES 403Collections II3 credits
FDES 404Product Development and Manufacturing3 credits
FDES 470Portfolio1 credit
GDES 125Fundamentals of Digital Media3 credits
MGT 210Business Writing3 credits
MKT 206Principles of Marketing3 credits

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


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.

Portfolio Details

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Finding Fulfillment

Lacey DeJordy

“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.”

Fashion News

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.

Arminee Bunting's Senior CollectionBy: Karli BanasThe inspiration for Arminee’s collection was streetwear. She was inspired by the things people wear on the streets during fashion weeks and attending fashion shows.

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A student measuring and cutting fabric

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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