The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design trains students to create apparel for various markets considering creative, technical, and costing factors. Students develop skills in design, textiles, draping and flat pattern making, garment construction, and computer-aided design. In their senior year, they design and execute an apparel collection under the guidance of a professional designer to be shown at the school's annual Silver Needle Runway Show.
The Design major has been constructed to fully explore the critical elements of fashion design. Course offerings support all aspects of the design and construction process, as well as the application of fashion industry-specific technology and software. The curriculum balances the creative aspects of design concept, drawing, color and rendering, collection development, etc. with technical education in sewing, textiles, patternmaking and draping, and the application of fashion industry-relevant technology, including the newest industry computer software.
Particular emphasis on critique of portfolios and design collections allows students to experience corrective criticism within the supportive environment of the Program, as well as under the guidance of industry professionals. Internships are also emphasized as a key to developing those skills necessary to prosper in the business world.
The combination of technical and creative design courses are augmented by an array of elective courses, including Couture Techniques, Knitwear Design, 3-D Printing, and many others. Short-term studies to Europe and Asia, and full semester abroad studies in London, Paris, Florence, and Hong Kong round out the students education.
Design majors are encouraged to pursue a minor in Fashion Merchandising or Product Development. These minors encourage a designer's development toward a more universal understanding of the fashion industry and nurture a strong competitive advantage in the employment market.
Students wishing to study fashion design @ Marist must submit a required design project of original work.