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. With small class sizes, you get the most of your education because you're surrounded by a close-knit group of women who design and help you every step of the way.

Through projects and internships, you'll have opportunity to work with prominent fashion brands in Milwaukee and Wisconsin including Harley-Davidson, Fashion Angels, BonTon Inc, Kohl’s, Jockey and Lands’ End.

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: Opitex patternmaking software for pattern drafting, grading and marker making, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Mount Mary offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree. The curriculum focuses on apparel construction, trend forecasting, conceptual design, fashion illustration and technical drawing, 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 75 credits is required in fashion design. All fashion majors are required to complete an internship and the university’s core curriculum requirements. 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

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 18 credits. 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.