Fashion Design Major

  • Sarah Ettinger's looks hit the runway at the annual Fashion Design Show at St. Louis Union Station. Photo by Mark Schwigen.
    Sarah Ettinger's looks hit the runway at the annual Fashion Design Show at St. Louis Union Station. Photo by Mark Schwigen.
  • Senior lecturer Jennifer Ingram assisting a student with her gown. Photo by Mark Katzman.
    Senior lecturer Jennifer Ingram assisting a student with her gown. Photo by Mark Katzman.
  • Associate professor Robin VerHage-Abrams reviewing work with a student. Photo by Mark Katzman.
    Associate professor Robin VerHage-Abrams reviewing work with a student. Photo by Mark Katzman.
  • Camille Wright's signature collection incorporated research from an independent study in Senegal.
    Camille Wright's signature collection incorporated research from an independent study in Senegal.
  • Gown designed by Ruth Schmalenberger. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
    Gown designed by Ruth Schmalenberger. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
  • Ballgown by Corissa Santos, modeled by Heather Rice. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
    Ballgown by Corissa Santos, modeled by Heather Rice. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.

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The BFA in Fashion Design is a multifaceted course of study that prepares students for activities in design and affords them vision and flexibility for leadership in a global industry. You gain experience designing for mass production, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. Courses provide a working knowledge of industry standards and procedures, informed by history and current trends.

Course Work

In your first year, your required studio course work includes drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, digital design, and a weekly lecture course.

As a sophomore, you build a foundational understanding of fashion research, culture, and design, taking a digitally oriented course, an introductory course in fashion design, and courses in textile design and illustration.

As you advance in your studies, you undertake projects exploring a spectrum of garment design problems, fabrication strategies, textiles, and illustration, supported by digital tools. Courses include:

– Patternmaking & Production
– Special Topics in Fashion Design
– 2-D Fashion Design
– 3-D Fashion Design
– Digital Fashion & Textile Design
– Patternmaking Lab
– Portfolio Development
– Digital Lab

Capstone

As a senior, you focus on your own aesthetic through the realization of a signature collection. Guided by faculty and professional mentors, you work through the full design process, from initial research and conceptual design to pattern and muslin stages to the final construction of each garment. Your designs are featured on the runway in the annual WashU Fashion Design Show and reviewed by external fashion professionals.

The senior design studio is professionally equipped, allowing you to work in a design room setting. Recent signature collections have been inspired by everything from dance and science-fiction genres to sustainable design and architecture.

Degree Requirements

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