How-To

Fashion Design-Finding A School

You may dream of seeing your creations on the runway. But if you decide to take the plunge and major in fashion design, get ready to be snapped into reality.

This is one demanding major. Working around the clock to finish original creations won’t be enough. You’ll also have to meet the highest standards of accuracy, taking exact measurements and cutting patterns to precision. But if fashion is your passion, this major may be custom-made for you.

Fashion design majors learn the nuts and bolts of designing and making clothing and accessories. Classes cover everything from sketching and computer design to pattern making and fabric selection.

“Fashion design is a highly technical industry, requiring great attention to detail and patience. It is this aspect that students often find most challenging.”

-Mary Stephens, Fashion Design Department Chair, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Are You Ready To…?

-Use computer-aided design (CAD) programs -Construct patterns -Study textiles and fabrics -Sew garments -Create a clothing collection -Sketch designs

It Helps to Be…

It helps to be a fashion fanatic who is both creative and precise, and you’ll need both these qualities to make it in this business. Patience with details and an ability to work in a team are also key.

College Checklist:

-Is the program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design? -Are the professors fashion industry professionals? -Check out student work. Does it look professional? Can you feel the creative pulse? -Are computers kept up-to-date with the latest fashion design software? -What opportunities will you have to show your work? -Is there a fashion club on campus? -Does the school offer exchange programs or tours of study in New York, London, Paris, and other centers of design? -Will the college help you find work after graduation?

Did You Know?

With a degree in fashion design, you’ll have the skills to recreate any garment you want – even the gorgeous gown your favorite actress wore to the Academy Awards.

Course Spotlight:

Fashion sketching class is where it all begins for most fashion design majors. You’ll learn to apply basic drawing skills to the fashion figure, with an emphasis on proportion. You’ll have to put in some serious time in the studio every week, but the effort will pay off. By the time you finish this class, you should be able to express all of your fashion fantasies on paper. And you’ll probably have a portfolio to show for it.