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Fashion Design & Product Innovation

UD students studying Apparel Design

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies

Discover the World of Fashion Design

Think fashion is only about great designs? Think again. Producing great designers is only part of the apparel design program at the University of Delaware. In addition to becoming proficient in conceptualization, drawing and rendering, flat pattern development, draping and product development, students explore and address the challenges in the apparel industry. Students develop an understanding of the complexities of the industry and responses necessary to build a more sustainable model. Computer-aided design, portfolio development, textiles, and historical costume courses enable our students to have a holistic understanding of the present and future needs of the industry.

Areas of study

  • Fashion Art Studio
  • Product Development
  • Fashion Drawing & Rendering
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Apparel Design by Flat Pattern
  • Draping
  • Knitwear

 

Career Options 

  • Fashion Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Production Manager
  • Visual Design
  • Textile Designer
  • Pattern Production
  • Quality Control

 

Graduate Programs

  • MS Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • MS 4+1 Program
  • Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business

What’s special about this program?

 

Students will be immersed in both the technical and foundational design skills that are integral in preparing students for careers in apparel design. CAD-based courses, textiles, product and portfolio development, fashion forecasting and global sourcing are key areas of the curriculum that students will explore. There is flexibility to customize the program with an emphasis in Functional Design, Art, Costume History, Theatre, Business or other areas of interest. Project-based courses that include industry partners cultivate strong teamwork and collaboration skills central to career success. Our program will prepare students to be uniquely equipped for diverse career paths within the apparel industry.

Get involved

 

Fashion Merchandising Club           

Global Study Abroad

Synergy Fashion Group               

Hong Kong Internship Program           

Hong Kong Polytechnic Semester Exchange Program

AATCC   

Sew Baby Sew                   

Internships

UDress                       

Summer Scholar Program

Independent Study               

Industry Scholarships and Competitions

Sample curriculum

CHEM101

 

General Chemistry
CHEM102 or BISC106 or STAT200

General Chemistry or BISC106 or STAT200

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

FASH122

 

Apparel Prod Assembly

FASH133

 

Foundations For Fashion Innovation

FASH165  

 

Fashion and Apparel Studies Seminar

 

FASH218

Intro to Fash Bus
FASH233

Fash Draw & Rendering

 

MATH114

College Mathematics and Statistics or higher

 

FASH210

Seminar on Fash and Sustain

 

FASH213

Costume History

 

FASH215

Fund of Textiles I

 

FASH221

Creative and Technical Design Studio

 

FASH220

Fund of Textiles II

 

FASH314

Apparel Design by Flat Pattern

 

PSYC100

General Psychology

 

SOCI201

Intro to Sociology

 

  Foreign Language Courses
COMM212

Oral Comm in Business

 

ECON100

Economic Issues & Policies

 

FASH324

Apparel Design by Draping

 

FASH333

Fash Forecasting & Design

 

FASH421

Prof Portfolio Dev

 

FASH423

Intro to Knitwear and Stretch Fabric Design

 

 

ART/ARTH/THEA/FASH Elective Course

 

 

2nd Writing Course

 

 

Univ History and Cultural Change

 

  Foreign Language Course
FASH419

Soc/Psych Aspects of Clothing

 

FASH433

Adv. Prod Dev & Mgt.

 

FASH455

Glob App/Tex Trade & Sourc

 

FASH484

Design Expressions

 

 

ART/ARTH/THEA/FASH Elective Course

 

 

Costume History Elective Courses

 

  Business Elective

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