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Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising

Natalie Koch, ’12 now a brand ambassador at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, IL, said it best: “I was able to create lifetime relationships with my mentors.” Her professors inspired her and opened doors to her career.

Ursuline’s Fashion Merchandising major was ranked #17 among private colleges in the US in 2017. As an Ursuline Fashion Merchandising 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.

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 which 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 online fashion resources.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to learn and practice all the essential aspects of the business of fashion, including product development and branding, visual merchandising and buying, advertising, and fashion show production.
  • You’ll learn technology skills, ensuring your success beyond Ursuline.
  • If you select the FIT track, you have the option to earn both a BA from Ursuline and an AAS from FIT.

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

Natalie Koch, ’12 now a brand ambassador at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago, IL, said it best: “I was able to create lifetime relationships with my mentors.” Her professors inspired her and opened doors to her career.

Ursuline’s Fashion Merchandising major was ranked #17 among private colleges in the US in 2017. As an Ursuline Fashion Merchandising 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.

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 which 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 online fashion resources.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to learn and practice all the essential aspects of the business of fashion, including product development and branding, visual merchandising and buying, advertising, and fashion show production.
  • You’ll learn technology skills, ensuring your success beyond Ursuline.
  • If you select the FIT track, you have the option to earn both a BA from Ursuline and an AAS from FIT.

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

The fashion industry offers graduates a variety of career options: buyer, stylist, manufacturer’s representative, visual merchandiser, display, mall marketing, mall advertising, retailer, market consultant, communications, fashion marketer, fashion forecaster, fashion editor, textile and fashion publications. 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 fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising:

  • 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 300 – Color and Presentation Boards
  • Fashion 301 – Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion 305 – Branding
  • Fashion 332 – Fashion Merchandising and Buying
  • Fashion 338 – Fashion Show Production
  • Fashion 400 – Visual Merchandising and Display
  • Fashion 452 – Senior Symposium: Hot Topics
  • Fashion 475 – Academic Internship
  • Plus four courses of your choice from the following options: Fashion 460, Fashion 288, Fashion 300, Fashion 315, Fashion 488, FIT

 

To minor in Fashion Merchandising, take the following classes:

  • Public Relations 222 – Intro to Advertising
  • Fashion 101 – Apparel Construction
  • Fashion 301 – Computer Aided Design
  • Fashion 338 – Fashion Show Production
  • Fashion 452 – Senior Symposium: Hot Topics
  • Fashion 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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