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Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

“Our small size is integral to success in producing outstanding graduates” says Dr. Connie Korosec, beloved Professor and Chair of the Fashion Design and Merchandising departments.

As an Ursuline Fashion Design major, you have the incredible opportunity to spend your junior year at the nation’s #1 fashion school, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, earning both a BA from Ursuline and an AAS from FIT. You might also choose to pursue a double major in Fashion Merchandising (our program was nationally ranked #17 among private colleges in the US in 2017).

Every year, you’ll be part of the student-produced fashion show, Innovations, and participate in field trips to places like New York, Chicago, Toronto and Paris. Our program is also home to a Historic Costume Study Collection, featuring more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories, and we are the only college with collection of this size to allow you to restore, preserve, promote, display, sketch, photograph, and conduct research on our collection. And you won’t just be working one-on-one with pieces of apparel – you’ll receive individualized instruction from fashion faculty and gain personal insight from top retailers and branding experts in this industry, many of whom also graduated from our program.

If you’re interested in starting your own brand (and many of our Fashion majors are), you’ll gain knowledge of the procedures and techniques to run your own business from designers who are doing it successfully; and form a relationship between your products/services and entrepreneurial skills.

You’ll also work with the latest technology. Our facilities include CAD, 3-D printing, sewing, industrial sewing, and cover stitch machines, multi-thread sergers, industry-standard pattern drafting tables, and standard Wolf dress forms. The computer-aided design lab features work stations with color printers, scanners, Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Illustrator, Photoshop), and access to online fashion resources.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to learn and practice all the essential aspects of design: inspiration, illustration, fundamental pattern making, sewing, drafting, draping and more.
  • Your skill-building will culminate in a final presentation of a designed collection at your Senior Innovations fashion show.
  • You’ll learn business and technology skills, ensuring your success beyond Ursuline.

Learn more about this program on the Fashion Department’s homepage.

“Our small size is integral to success in producing outstanding graduates” says Dr. Connie Korosec, beloved Professor and Chair of the Fashion Design and Merchandising departments.

As an Ursuline Fashion Design major, you have the incredible opportunity to spend your junior year at the nation’s #1 fashion school, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, earning both a BA from Ursuline and an AAS from FIT. You might also choose to pursue a double major in Fashion Merchandising (our program was nationally ranked #17 among private colleges in the US in 2017).

Every year, you’ll be part of the student-produced fashion show, Innovations, and participate in field trips to places like New York, Chicago, Toronto and Paris. Our program is also home to a Historic Costume Study Collection, featuring more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories, and we are the only college with collection of this size to allow you to restore, preserve, promote, display, sketch, photograph, and conduct research on our collection. And you won’t just be working one-on-one with pieces of apparel – you’ll receive individualized instruction from fashion faculty and gain personal insight from top retailers and branding experts in this industry, many of whom also graduated from our program.

If you’re interested in starting your own brand (and many of our Fashion majors are), you’ll gain knowledge of the procedures and techniques to run your own business from designers who are doing it successfully; and form a relationship between your products/services and entrepreneurial skills.

You’ll also work with the latest technology. Our facilities include CAD, 3-D printing, sewing, industrial sewing, and cover stitch machines, multi-thread sergers, industry-standard pattern drafting tables, and standard Wolf dress forms. The computer-aided design lab features work stations with color printers, scanners, Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Illustrator, Photoshop), and access to online fashion resources.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to learn and practice all the essential aspects of design: inspiration, illustration, fundamental pattern making, sewing, drafting, draping and more.
  • Your skill-building will culminate in a final presentation of a designed collection at your Senior Innovations fashion show.
  • You’ll learn business and technology skills, ensuring your success beyond Ursuline.

Learn more about this program on the Fashion Department’s homepage.

The fashion industry offers graduates a variety of career options: apparel designer, apparel manufacturer, costume designer, research, retailing, illustrator, CAD designer, stylist, fashion forecaster, restoration, preservation, fashion beading and colorist. To teach at the university level, majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a Master’s degree.

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design:

  • Fashion 101 – Apparel Construction
  • Fashion 105 – Textiles: Concepts and Principles
  • Fashion 201 – Figure/Flats/Portfolio
  • Fashion 206 – Intermediate Apparel
  • Fashion 220 – Beyond Design: Synergy of Product Development
  • Fashion 251 – Costume and Fashion
  • Fashion 260 – Fashion Illustration
  • Fashion 300 – Color and Presentation Boards
  • Fashion 301 – Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion 315 – Patternmaking Fundamentals
  • Fashion 419 – Draping
  • Fashion 420 – Flat Pattern
  • Fashion 429 – Senior Fashion Studio
  • Fashion 475 – Academic Internship
  • Plus four courses of your choice from the following options: Art 211, PR 222, Fashion 332, Fashion 338, Fashion 400, Fashion 488, and FIT

 

To minor in Fashion Design, take the following classes:

  • Fashion 101 – Apparel Construction
  • Fashion 201 – Figure/Flats/Portfolio
  • Fashion 206 – Intermediate Apparel
  • Fashion 301 – Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion 452 – Senior Symposium: Hot Topics
  • FH 488 – Fashion Field Trip

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Constance Korosec, Ph.D., (Chair)
Anne-Marie Balcer, M.A.
May Beard, M.A.,
Jennifer Knaus, M.A.,
Susan Powers, M.A.

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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