An Associate in Applied Arts Degree in Fashion Design provides students with skills in one of the three disciplines of apparel, textile or costume design. Entrepreneurial
and design skills prepare the graduate for employment
in the fashion industry or self-employment as a professional designer. Students develop highly refined skills in one-of-a-kind creation of functional and decorative apparel and textiles. A professional portfolio of illustrations, patterns, textiles and finished garments may lead to employment, creating a business or transfer to a four-year institution.
NOTE: A.A.A. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to Page 30 of this catalog, or speak with an academic adviser.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Produce and present sketches, patterns and finished products demonstrating competence in fashion illustration, sewing, construction, knowledge of textiles, history of fashion, ethnic design and professional production methods.
- Design fashionable products to meet varied
human physical needs by applying the design process and principles, which include conceptualization, problem solving, drafting, construction and evaluation.
- Apply business principles, practices and ethics relevant to the fashion design industry.
- Create a fashion design portfolio that documents student work in illustration, costume, textile and apparel design.
- Participation in fashion shows, fashion exhibitions and the creation of promotional materials.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
Any SPCH course (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs.)
BSAD 112 Business Math (3)
MATH 119 Applications of Math for Nonscience
Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs.)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)
FASH 150 History of Fashion (3)
Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (24 HRS. MIN.)
DESN 170 Textiles Study of Fabrics (3)
FASH 113 Production Sewing (3)
FASH 120 Flat Pattern (3)
FASH 130 Fashion Illustration (3)
FASH 160 Introduction to Fashion Design (3)
FASH 224 Introduction to Computer
Fashion Design (3)
Choose from the following:
ARTS 280 Business Practices for Designers (3)
ARTS 296 Fine Arts Portfolio Development (3)
ARTS 298 Arts and Design Internship (1)
GLRY 161 Gallery Practices (3)
RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (3 HRS. MIN.)
Any ARCH, AHST, ARTS, BART, CLAY, DANC, DESN, DRAM, DRPT, GLRY, JEWL, MUSC, PHOT, PRNT or SCUL course (3)
APPROVED ELECTIVES: (13 HRS.)
Choose from the following recommended courses(s):
ARTS 120L Color Theory (3)
ARTS 138 Color and Culture (3)
ARTS 295 Studio Practices (3)
ARTS 298 Arts and Design Internship (1-2)
BSAD 215 Entrepreneurship E-Commerce (3)
BSAD 222 Entrepreneurship – International (3)
DESN 185L Trade Mart Field Trip (3)
DESN 200L Design Studio Lab (1)
DRPT 118L Drawing I (3)
JEWL 114L Jewelry/Metal Arts (3)
JEWL 158L Silversmithing (30
PHOT 248 Fashion Photography (3)
Any FASH courses(s)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 63 CREDITS MIN.