BFA in Fashion Design

Read the news release for the 91st Annual WashU Fashion Design Virtual Show>>
View the website showcasing the 2020 capstone collections>>

Built on a foundation of both art and design, the BFA in Fashion Design provides opportunities to explore varied aspects of design for the human body. Throughout the program you are challenged to develop an intellectually rich and relevant narrative about clothing and fashion in contexts ranging from the personal to the industrial. With an emphasis on technology, sustainability, and interdisciplinary collaborations, the major fosters creativity and innovation in fashion design.

You may also pursue a BA in Design with a concentration in Fashion, which allows you to take foundational courses in fashion complemented by a wider range of courses in other areas of study at WashU. For more details, click here>>

Course Work

Undergrad Fashion Design 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


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.

Check out this website showcasing the capstone collections by the Class of 2020>>

View photos from the 90th Annual Fashion Design Show>>

Hear Karalena Davis, Adria Duncan, Amanda Fosnight, Haley Lundberg, and Sherry Xu talk about their inspiration for their capstone collections>>

Degree Requirements

The College of Art subscribes to the standards for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree as set forth and accepted by the College Art Association of American (CAA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

For students entering the College of Art in fall 2019, a BFA degree requires a total of 121 credits of course work. Specific details for the BFA in Fashion Design for the 2019-20 academic year can be found here>>

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Studio Spotlight

For a cross-disciplinary course, teams of students and faculty worked to research, design, and construct prototype garments tailored to the needs of elite Paralympic wheelchair athletes. Learn more>>

News & Videos

Student fashion design heads to Instagram>>
Associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu plays a lead role in the Maker Task Force producing PPE>>
Three Sam Fox School fashion design students receive the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study Scholarship>>
Meredith Liu designs custom tam for Chancellor Andrew D. Martin's inauguration>>
Regina Sterge Wins Saks Fifth Avenue Honorary Designer Award
Fashion Design Student Wins FGI Scholarship>>
Five Students Named Finalists in St. Louis Blues Contest>>
Fashion Design Students Named Finalists in National Design Competition Sponsored by Alpaca Owners Association, Inc.>>
Fashion Design Students Named Finalists in National Design Competition>>
News Release: 89th Annual Fashion Design Show
Video: Undergraduate Design at the Sam Fox School>>
View runway shots from the 88th Annual Fashion Design Show>>


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