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Fashion Design Undergraduate Major

Mount Mary University’s fashion bachelor’s degree program was the first four-year fashion degree program in the state of Wisconsin and today it has a reputation as one of the top fashion programs in the country. Our fashion program blends the excitement of change, challenges of new technology and skill in design and manufacturing to create innovative and functional solutions.

Our notable fashion design alumnae include Donna Ricco, who designed a dress worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on “The View,” and Eliza Audley, who designed athletic apparel worn by professional tennis player Lisa Raymond and by other tennis stars during the 2012 London Olympics.


Tamara Sanchez

Fashion Design, '17

Milwaukee, WI

"Thanks to Mount Mary University I was given an opportunity of a lifetime! I was selected to compete in the "Destination Innovation" Challenge for Kohl's & Southwest. Students were sent on a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, and product & service ideas were pitched 35,000 ft in the air! This amazing experience has helped me find a new focus in my career direction, and it has given me a new outlook on the importance of Product Development & Social Entrepreneurship." 

Design Your Own Career Path

As a fashion design major, you can pursue a career in creative design, technical design and product development. You could even own your fashion design company and become the next Vera Wang, Jason Wu or Donna Ricco. Discover more about fashion design careers.

Curriculum That Encourages Creativity

Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in fashion design. The fashion design major is designed for students with a passion for art and apparel construction and a strong interest in the process of creating.

Student Fashion Show

Each year Fashion Design and Merchandise Management majors collaborate to plan, produce and manage a professional caliber fashion show featuring student modeling the work of design students. This show, is a part of a larger celebration of the School of Arts and Design which showcases work of all the School departments with an exhibit of art and design student achievement. Branded as CREO, this annual tradition offers many learning opportunities and draws over 1000 guests. Learn more about CREO.

Experience Fashion in New York City and Paris

Each year fashion students travel to either New York City or Paris for a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry and to explore social justice issues related to fashion and textiles. Destinations alternate each year. These unique study experiences typically occur during winter break.

In New York City visit textile and apparel museums, fabric fairs, forecasting services, design studios, apparel show rooms and influential shopping districts.

In Paris take classes in apparel and accessory design and trend analysis through a partnership between Mount Mary faculty and the Paris American Academy. Also meet European designers, couture drapers, accessory designers, costume historians and trend forecasters, as well as help with a runway fashion show.

Fashion Activities Outside of Class

From student competitions, exhibits and fashion shows to on-campus student clubs and organizations, you have many options at Mount Mary for getting involved and making friends outside of class.

Scholarships for Fashion Design Majors

In addition to academic scholarships, fashion design majors at Mount Mary may qualify for one of 11 fashion scholarships. To apply for a fashion scholarship, fill out an application for the Layton Art Scholarship. Incoming freshmen and current students majoring fashion and other art-related majors can apply each year for these scholarships of up to $3,000. Learn more about other scholarships at Mount Mary.

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