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Fashion Design Curriculum

Mount Mary University’s fashion design major blends the excitement of change, challenges of new technology and skill in design and manufacturing to create innovate and functional solutions. Courses cover topics such as sewing techniques, pattern construction, fashion drawing, textiles and computer graphics.

During and outside of class, participate in real-world design experiences and use the latest industry standard state-of-the-art software.

Latest Industry Technology in the Classroom & Labs

As a fashion design major, you’ll have access to industry technology throughout your entire four years, including on evenings and weekends, at Mount Mary. The fashion labs are equipped with:

  • Wacom’s most advanced CINTIQ 22HD Pen Display, an interactive pen display
  • The latest fashion design software: Lectra Kaleda, Visual Retailing (Plan-O-Gram) and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Optitex software for patternmaking, pattern grading and marker making

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Mount Mary offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree. The fashion design curriculum focuses on product development, trend forecasting, conceptual design, fashion illustration and technical drawing, apparel construction, patternmaking and business principles of the fashion industry. As part of the program, you will design and create a collection of ready-to-wear apparel.

A minimum of 62 credits is required in fashion design. You can choose to pursue one of two concentrations: creative design or technical design. All fashion majors are required to complete an internship. You also must complete the university’s core curriculum requirements listed in the fashion design curriculum sheet (PDF).  

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF)

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Entrepreneurship Minor for Fashion Design Majors

The entrepreneurship minor is designed for non-business majors who wish to learn how to start a business in their chosen field. The minor is helpful if you want to start your own fashion design business. The minor requires a minimum of 21 credits and can be earned in the traditional daytime or accelerated formats. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.

Fashion Certificate Requirements

Post-baccalaureate certificates are available in fashion design and fashion merchandise management. Certificate programs are open to women who already hold a bachelor’s degree. You will work directly with the fashion program chairperson to design a certificate curriculum that matches your experience and meet your long-term career goals. Learn more about fashion post-baccalaureate certificate requirements.