Apparel Design College of Design

Undergraduate Track: Apparel Design


Students in our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program develop a broad view of apparel design and are prepared for professional leadership opportunities. They learn to use the design process to develop wearable products for real bodies and real people. Taking a garment from concept to finished product requires creative thinking, critical thinking and technical skills. From the runway to space travel, and mass production to custom design, our program is sized to support the individual student. Apparel Design students build an intimate community with all the advantages of a large university, and a growing network of alums from across the country. Courses cover social, economic, and historical aspects of apparel and include industry projects and service learning opportunities. Students are challenged to integrate knowledge of the product with consumer needs and business constraints. Students take six sequential apparel design studio courses in an industry designed studio. A required internship ensures that students gain professional experience.


Students entering the program should have apparel construction/assembly competence and a working knowledge of computers and office software. Students are encouraged to use the liberal education categories to explore multicultural themes and make interdisciplinary connections.


NOTE: The design studio courses in the program are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years) regardless of transfer coursework completed prior to the term of admission. However, students who transfer to the program with many or all of their liberal education courses completed may be able to enroll at a reduced credit load in their 3rd and 4th year of the program. This allows students to work in the field and gain significant experience in design. Advanced students who have completed all the general education requirements may apply for an accelerated three year course configuration.


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