The Fashion Design (FASH) 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 that are seeking 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
English Composition (6 semester hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours)
- Arts and Humanities Elective 3 credits
- Arts and Humanities Elective 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)
Science (7-8 semester hours; at least one of which shall be a laboratory course)
- Science Elective 3 credits
- Science Elective w/laboratory course 4 credits
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Technology (3 semester hours)
Health and Wellness (3 semester hours)
Freshman Seminar (3 semester hours)
Free General Education Electives (9 Semester Hours)
Selected courses chosen from any category within the General Education Course List (100-200 level). See advisor and refer to catalog for approved courses)
Total General Education Requirements: 46-48 semester hours
Additional: Bachelor of Science (BA) degree only: 12 credits of foreign language for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree are required (SPAN, FREN or other)
All Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and VCDMA majors must pass all major courses (ART, ENGL, COMM, VCDM, THEA, MGMT, MKTG, MUSC & THEA) w/grade of “C” or better; maintain a 2.0 GPA in major. Please consult with advisors and coordinators.
VCDMA Foundation Requirements
VCDMA Portfolio Reviews, Internship and Senior Thesis Requirements
ART/VCDM History Requirements (12 credits, 4 courses total)
Suggested Additional Coursework (Not Required)
Note: All VCDMA majors must pass all major courses (ART, ENGL, VCDM, THEA, MGMT, MKTG, MUSC & THEA) w/grade of “C” or better; maintain a 2.0 GPA in major
Fashion Design Concentration (VCDMA)
- VCDM 390 - Fashion Illustration 3 Credits
- VCDM 295 - Introduction to Textiles 3 Credits
- VCDM 231 - Visual Literacy: Elements of Design, Color, and Typography 3 Credits
- ART 250 - Photography I 3 Credits
- ART 301 - Art History I (Prehistoric through Gothic) 3 Credits (or 302)
- VCDM 219 - Portfolio Review & Assessment I 0 Credits **
** VCDM 219 PORTFOLIO REVIEW & ASSESSMENT (1st Review): 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, VCDM faculty.
ADVANCE TO CANDIDACY
** ____ 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.
- VCDM 340 - Visual Communication 3 Credits
- VCDM 375 - Sewing Studio 3 Credits
- VCDM 380 - Flat Pattern Design 3 Credits
- ____ ____ Science Elective (BIOL 101) 3 Credits
- MGMT 101 - Introduction to Business 3 Credits
IMPORTANT: Students must begin their senior thesis body of work (film, animation, fashion collection, installation, project, etc.) in their junior year and after approval of the senior thesis proposal and successfully passing the portfolio review (VCDM 219) and other courses in concentration and major. This work is due the semester before graduation and must be successfully completed, reviewed, and approved by faculty a min. of (1) one semester before a student will be allowed to take the VCDM 498 Senior Thesis Exhibition. Consult with advisor, coordinator, and faculty.
**VCDM 498 requires prior approval. Students must begin their senior thesis body of work in their junior year and after approval of the senior thesis proposal (VCDM 219) and completion of other required courses in concentration as well as all foundation courses. This work is due the semester before graduation and must be successfully completed, reviewed, and approved by faculty a min. of (1) one semester before a student will be allowed to take VCDM 498 Senior Thesis Exhibition. See Senior Thesis requirements.
*** Students must maintain and submit a final portfolio and successfully pass both the 1st and 2nd portfolio review/assessment (VCDM 219 & 419) in the VCDMA major. In addition, they must submit a senior thesis proposal, min. 2 pages, typed with sketches, references, storyboards, etc. See Advisor or Program Coordinator for details and the portfolio review form. Must be reviewed and approved by VCDMA coordinator and FT faculty (3 min.) A successful portfolio is a requirement for graduation.
Graduation checklist, check off and complete for all concentrations (all must be completed) including courses and requirements above and/or successfully passed and approved by a faculty advisor and/or Program Coordinator.
____ Completion of all foundation and lower-level ART/VCDM courses
____ Passing all major/concentration courses in sequence, with a “C” (2.0) GPA or
better; last 30 credits at BSU
____ 1st Required Faculty Portfolio Review (VCDM 219 passed); Y | N When:
____ Senior thesis proposal and sketches, storyboards, etc. (typed and approved)
____ Senior thesis proposal (typed and approved) Y | N
____ Senior thesis proposal exhibition; passing of VCDM 498 Senior Thesis
____ 2nd Required Faculty Portfolio Review (VCDM 419 passed); Y | N When:
____ Internship/Apprenticeship (s) and VCDM 491 Internship course. Where/When: