Departments & Programs

Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design

Fashion Design—B.A.

The Fashion Design major is intended to educate students in the art, process, and product of fashion design in the twenty-first century. The curriculum provides an aesthetic and intellectual approach to the design process, focusing on the interaction of technique, function, technology, and individual creative expression. Course work concentrates on traditional and experimental techniques as well as the history and theory of fashion as a significant aesthetic language.

Major Requirements

Any course taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C–, and the grade point average of all courses taken in the major must be at least 2.000. Course prerequisites will be strictly upheld.

Students must complete 37 credit hours of AMID requirements for the Fashion Design major, including:

  1. R100, F202, F203, F207, F213, F217, F303, F305, F340, and F417.
  2. Three additional courses at the 300–400 level, including at least one course in both experimental fashion studio and dress studies, for a total of 9 credit hours or more. (Note: Experimental fashion studio courses include F306, F325, F326, F328, and F408; dress studies courses include F301, F311, F352, F402, F406, and F411.)
Additional Requirements

Students pursuing the Fashion Design major are required to take 15 hours of coursework in related fields. These courses are outside the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design and are not calculated inside the major, but completion of specifically designated courses will count for Breadth of Inquiry and other College and campuswide degree requirements. Please consult with the department advisor regarding choice of courses.

  1. One course from the following: MATH M118, M119, or equivalent. Higher level courses may be substituted.
  2. Six credit hours in FINA studio art chosen only from FINA-F or FINA-S prefix courses.
  3. Six credit hours in FINA art history.

Only two courses for a maximum of 6 credit hours can be counted toward both the Minor in Apparel Merchandising and the Fashion Design B.A.; only two courses for a maximum of 6 credit hours can be counted toward both the Apparel Merchandising B.S. and the Fashion Design B.A.

Supervised internships are available.

We strongly recommend that students select courses in material culture, aesthetics, and dress offered by related departments such as Anthropology, Communication and Culture, Fine Arts, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Theatre and Drama, and others to fulfill College of Arts and Sciences Breadth of Inquiry and Intensive Writing requirements.

Students must also meet the degree requirements for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.