Undergraduate Fashion Design Degree Program Course Requirements
Core Course Requirements for the Undergraduate Fashion Design Degree Program
FH 101 - Construction Fundamentals I
The development of basic skills and techniques in apparel construction. Students become familiar with the basics of machine sewing and multi-thread serger, master the standard range of stitches, master the seam types, learn fitting and construction techniques used in the industry.
FH 105 - Textile Fabrics
This course provides a thorough approach to the fundamentals of textiles. The course focuses on comprehension of the interrelationship between components of textiles to help students understand and predict textile properties and performance. Fiber projects will be created and used to assess textile knowledge in the industry. The course will use the Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection as a research resource in fiber identification.
FH 201 - Figures Flats Portfolios
Introduces the concept of sketching designs and actual garments in flat format rather than on the fashion figure. Emphasis is on developing flat sketches used for story boards, computer aided design, designing, presentations, merchandising a line, spec sheets, and requirements for portfolio development.
FH 206 - Construction Fundamentals II
A reinforcement of the industry skills acquired in FH 101; practice in detailed techniques for construction of apparel.
FH 220 - Product Development
This course is designed to introduce the student to apparel product development and global manufacturing. Students explore all steps essential to developing apparel such as researching trends, establishing means of production, and presenting collections to meet the needs of the merchandise buyers. Through studying the product development cycle, students will discern the ways in which product development is not limited only to apparel but other sources of merchandise as well. Students are required to complete three creative projects designed to enhance constructive and authentic knowledge of topics and issues presented over the course of the semester.
FH 251 - Costume And Fashion
A history of the development of costume and fashion will be explored from its simple and practical beginnings to the growth of the multibillion-dollar global industry that it is today. The survey will mirror the development of civilization from ancient Egypt to the present, focusing on trends in clothing style, fabric, accessories, hairstyles, and footwear. The Ursuline College Historic Costume Study Collection will be used to show the relationship between 20th century American costume and fashion. A final project will recreate a period costume on a half-scale mannequin.
FH 260 - Fashion Illustration
The human figure takes on unique and somewhat exaggerated proportions in the art of fashion illustration. The class develops the student
FH 301 - Computer Aided Design
Introduction and application of computer-aided design will change the way fashion designers and merchandisers do business. This course uses Adobe Illustrator library graphics that allow for the rapid development and editing of an entire fashion line on a computer screen. The course will allow flexibility in making design changes, experimenting with color, motif, and details, without actually developing the prototype. The software system allows students to simplify every line of the sketches in producing collection boards. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is recommended.
FH 419 - Draping/Pattern Making I
Basic draping principles are introduced through demonstrations as a method to provide three-dimensional form to original design concepts. Creative designs and interpretations of basic and complex shapes are explored and developed. Six sketches are submitted for a faculty critique along with fabric samples. Two design concepts will be executed in muslin incorporating draping, construction, and finishing. A final project of two original designs will be executed in fabric to learn how a collection is created.
FH 420 - Flat Pattern
While learning industry standards, students will enhance their abilities to draft patterns by mastering the flat pattern method. Instruction will be given in dart manipulations, drafting basic style lines, skirts, and sleeves. Six sketches are submitted for a faculty critique along with fabric samples. Two design concepts will be executed in muslin incorporating the flat pattern method of fashion design. A final project of two original designs will be executed in fabric to learn how a collection is created.
FH 429 - Senior Collection
This is a class in advanced draping. Specific areas to be covered include designing production patterns for the fashion market, principles of fitting, and advanced techniques. Ten sketches are submitted for a faculty critique along with fabric samples. A collection of four to six design concepts will be executed in muslin incorporating draping, construction, and finishing. A final project of four to six original designs will be executed in fabric to create a collection. Students showcase their work at the annual fashion show.
FH 475 - Academic Internship
The fashion intern is intended for the student employed in any segment of the apparel, accessories, soft goods, costume, and home interior industries. All academic procedures will be followed as administered by the Office of Career and Counseling Services. An off-campus experience will provide pre-professional experience related to the student
To minor in Fashion Design, you'll take the following classes: