Aug 13, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Fine Arts - Visual Communication, Digital and Media Arts (VCDMA) Fashion Design Concentration, BS

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The Fashion Design concentration prepares students for careers in (but not limited to): fashion design, product development, technical design, sourcing, fashion illustration and production. Students also merge skills in traditional art with technology, marketing/business and design. The Fashion Design concentration will provide students seeking with the opportunity to receive current, relevant, real world education to prepare them for a career in the fashion industry.

Students are prepared to obtain entry-level positions in the industry requiring specific skills in design, sketching, CAD, product development and garment construction.  The objectives of the concentration are to prepare graduates to enter a career in the fashion industry with a focus on design, pattern making/technical design, illustration, product development, sourcing and production. Students will focus primarily on design and development and garment construction, and the integration of computer aided design and product management. Thus making graduates in this area more marketable and in demand. 

Expected student learning outcomes
After successful completion of coursework, portfolio reviews, exhibitions, internships and senior thesis projects, students will be able to:

• Present and express ideas clearly with supporting materials such as mood boards, illustration boards, market research and a broad fashion vocabulary
• Develop fashion figures and technical flats, effectively rendering drape, fabrics, and weight of materials
• Create professional quality presentation boards with fashion sketches, flats and fabric swatches
• Demonstrate full working knowledge of draping and flat pattern techniques
• Demonstrate full working knowledge of garment construction techniques
• Compose flats and patterns with Computer aided design programs
• Construct three dimensional garments from two dimensional sketches
• Identify all phases and processes of the apparel industry from concept to consumer
• Create a professional and cohesive collection of garments  and apparel for portfolio 
• Compose a professional portfolio demonstrating their sketching, pattern drafting and garment construction knowledge

General Education And Institutional Requirements

See the full list of University General Education and Institutional Requirements  for all options.


English Composition (6 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives 3 Credits

Sciences (7-8 semester hours; at least one of which shall be a laboratory course)

  • ____ ___ Science Elective 3/4 Credits
  • ____ ___ Science Elective w/laboratory course 4 Credits

Mathematics (3 semester hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)

Technology (3 semester hours)

  • ____ ___ COSC 110 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 111 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 112 3 Credits
  • ____ ___ COSC 113 3 Credits

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours)

Free General Education Electives: 9 semester credits for Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; 12 semester credits of foreign language for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Selected courses chosen from any category within the General Education Course List. See advisor and refer to catalog for approved courses.

Total General Education Requirements: 40-41

Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)

Freshman Seminar/Information Literacy

Total Institutional Requirements: 6

Foreign Language (12 semester hours)

SPAN or FREN 101,102,201,202

Music Requirements Required Courses (28 semester hours)

Students who major in Fine Arts with a  concentration in Music are required to take the following courses as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement.


Fine Arts Music and Music Technology Concentration Majors. Fine Arts Music Concentration Majors are expected to participate on at least seven seminars and receive a satisfactory grade. Others are selected to participate by recommendation of their applied instructor. All music students are required to attend each scheduled seminar (two per semester).

Art (Studio) Requirements

Students who major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art (Studio) are required to take the following courses, as part of their core, which cannot be substituted for others and not be used to satisfy and Arts and Humanities Gen Ed requirement. Students with an Art (Studio) Concentration cannot use ART 299, Art Survey, as an art history course in any part of their curriculum.

Art Foundation & Art History Requirements

Art Foundation & Art History Requirements

DFPA Core Requirements

DFPA Required Core Courses

VCDMA Core Requirements

Note: Also Required

Passing all VCDMA major courses enrolled, future w/grade of “C” or better

English Proficiency Exam (Pass/Fail)____

Faculty Portfolio I (VCDM 219) ____

Faculty Portfolio II (VCDM 419) ____

Internship in Visual Communication (VCDM 491) ____ When & Where: ___________

Senior Thesis/Exhibition (VCDM 498) 10-20 works of art/design, media, fashion, short film/animation, etc.

Fashion Design Concentration (VCDMA)

Sample Program

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Total: 15

Total: 15


** ____ VCDM 219 PORTFOLIO REVIEW & ASSESSMENT (1st Review) 0 Credits PASS/FAIL

*Students must submit a portfolio and successfully pass the 1st and 2nd portfolio review/assessment. In addition they must submit a senior thesis proposal, min. 2 pages, typed with sketches, references, storyboards, etc (as applicable to concentration/focus). See Advisor or Program Coordinator for details and portfolio review form. Must be reviewed by min. of (3), tenured full-time faculty.

Junior Year

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 16

Second Semester

Total: 14

Total Credits: 120

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