See your Creativity Reflected in the World


Develop your individual voice in fashion design. At Stevenson, you’ll master the understanding of fashion and costume, consumer psychology, materials, and techniques of apparel construction. With studio work as a primary focus, you’ll have the hands-on experience needed for a successful career, even before crossing the stage with your diploma.

Want to go the extra mile? Our Bachelor’s to Master’s Option allows you to graduate with a master’s in as little as five years.

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.

Local, Hands-on Experiences

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.

Stevenson Fashion Design

Career Connections

Internship Placements

  • Fashions Unlimited
  • J. Crew
  • Joseph A. Bank
  • MB Design Gallery
  • Under Armour

Top Employers

  • Amazon Logistics
  • Gerber Technology
  • Nordstrom
  • Under Armour
  • White House Black Market

Career Pathways

  • Designer
  • Fashion Writer
  • Pattern and Sample Developer
  • Product Developer
  • Textile Designer

School of Design, Arts & Communication: Internship Showcase

SU students’ exceptional experiences include opportunities like career-focused internships. These experiences provide practical applications for what students study, as well as also further shaping the professionals they will become. Our School of Design, Arts, and Communication’s Internship Showcase gives students the chance to share their experiences with other students and highlight what made their internships unique and motivational.

Meet Our Students & Alumni

The Fundamentals of Fashion

Ayesha Malik

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.

Study Fashion Design at Stevenson


The courses in the preview below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Students must complete all remaining major requirements in addition to the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses.

Course Preview

ART 116Drawing I3 credits
FDES 101Construction Fundamentals1 credit
FDES 205Computer-Aided Pattern Design I3 credits
FDES 301Tailoring3 credits
FDES 303Concept Development in Fashion Design3 credits
FDES 404Product Development and Manufacturing3 credits
MKT 206Principles of Marketing3 credits

Academic Catalog

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, and suggested course sequence for Stevenson’s Fashion Design program.


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

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Fashion Design

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.

Minors at Stevenson

Add a Professional Minor

Open yourself up to additional career paths with one of our professional minors. Each minor is designed to pair with students’ majors to give them additional career options, a competitive edge in the job market, and an opportunity to shape their Stevenson experience to meet their specific career goals. 

Add a Professional Minor

Bachelor’s to Master’s Option

BS/MS options are available for students majoring in Fashion Design who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework while working toward a Stevenson University Master’s Degree in one of the following:

Explore more Bachelor’s to Master’s Options

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.

Learn more about our Visual Arts Scholarship

Fashion Show

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

Stay Connected

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Fashion News

Stevenson University students visited Ann Lowe’s Exhibit on October 13th to observe and learn about the history of Ann Lowe and how she impacted society through her admirable designs. Ann Lowe was an African American Coutur.

Karli Banas is a senior fashion design student at Stevenson who's showcasing her collection at this year's annual Stevenson University fashion show that is taking place on May 6th. She first started sewing as a Junior in High.

Maryuri Navas is a fashion design student at Stevenson and will be showcasing her collection in the Stevenson University fashion show on May 6th. Draping was the class at Stevenson that pushed her and made her realize that sh.

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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