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Fashion Design

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Application Requirements

On-Campus Program


Fall enrollment requires a waiver from all summer accelerated design and drawing prerequisites by portfolio review.

Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.

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For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

  • Graduate Admission Application

    Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $65 U.S. is required.

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  • Transcripts

    Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

    International students: If you have already graduated from your previous institution at the time of your application, please email your graduation certificate(s) attached as PDF or Microsoft Word documents to

  • Standardized Test Scores

    TOEFL scores are required for international applicants or applicants who earned a degree outside the U.S. (minimum scores: 90/577/233). Scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores. IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

  • Essay

    Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

    Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

  • Résumé

    Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. You may request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations.

  • Portfolio (Optional)

    Applicants are encouraged to follow the portfolio guidelines carefully and submit materials that strengthen their application. Guidelines vary by program; please refer to individual program portfolio guidelines. The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom.

    Applicants who would like to be considered for exemption from undergraduate prerequisites in studio art and design courses must submit a portfolio, which should include 12 to 20 pieces of your strongest and most recent work in a variety of media that demonstrate a balance of technique and concept.

    The Fashion Design Graduate Admissions Committee is examining your work for originality, creative problem solving, and systematic thinking. Relevant work related to fashion design, thematic work, or a series of pieces is received favorably.

    Portfolio contents may include fashion design work such as sketchbooks, print design, knit design, textile design, garment designs or studies, three-dimensional work, or live fashion-related work. The portfolio may also include any combination of drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, graphic design, architectural design, interior design, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, jewelry and metals, furniture, designed objects, animation, computer-generated images, film, video, performance art, or websites.

    If the portfolio includes film or video work, it may not exceed 5 minutes of total running time. For collaborative works, it is important to provide credits and describe your role(s) within the creative process.

    Please direct inquiries regarding the portfolio to:

    Kathi Martin
    Associate Professor
    Associate Director, Graduate Fashion Design

    Graduate Portfolio Review Days and Information Fairs

    Meet a representative of Drexel's Westphal College to ask questions or have a portfolio review to receive helpful feedback prior to submitting your application. We participate in Graduate Portfolio Days and Information Fairs with the National Portfolio Day Association and Preview: The International Portfolio Review Forum.

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