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The Master of Science in Fashion Design is a full-time program that stresses the development of the aesthetic and philosophical concepts of fashion design and the technical skills to support research and experimentation in these concepts. A typical graduate sequence may consist of seven terms of graduate courses and five terms of prerequisite coursework, beginning with the summer term accelerated design and drawing courses.
The goal of the MS program in fashion design is to integrate the understanding of design with the construction of clothing so that the final products answer physical, aesthetic, psychological, and social needs within the context of contemporary fashion and industrial limitations. The curriculum is structured so that studio, laboratory, and classroom work give the graduate student a directed experience in the study of aesthetics, criticism, and contemporary art concepts; contemporary and historical art and design; traditional and current fashion technology; the discipline of drawing; and the making of art. A required industry internship affords the graduate student direct experience in a workplace of their choice.
This comprehensive approach provides the basis for a broad range of employment in the fashion industry and in education. Other professional opportunities lie in merchandising, costume design, curatorial work, and computer-aided design (CAD). The faculty of the Department of Design includes art historians, CAD specialists, designers, fiber artists, merchandising specialists, new materials and processes researchers, painters, and sculptors. The department also draws on practicing professionals as adjunct professors for specialized coursework and for critique of student work. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students after completing the first year.
The Fashion Design program and Design & Merchandising program produce a professionally juried annual fashion show that provides competitive fashion industry and department awards and excellent exposure for the graduate student's design thesis. Drexel students can participate in the activities of the Fashion Group of Philadelphia, the local chapter of an international fashion industry organization. The Fox Historic Costume Collection, a rich resource of inspiration, is located in Drexel's URBN Center. Philadelphia has many fine museums and galleries and is an affordable bus ride to New York City. Students are encouraged to attend local and regional fashion events.
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.
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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.
Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended.
Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency.
Precise, word-for-word English translations of all non-English language documents are required along with official documents in the original language. All translations must be completed by the issuing institution or an ATA-certified translator. Visit the American Translators Association website to search for an ATA-certified translator.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Any international applicant, regardless of program, may be required to provide a transcript evaluation should the Admissions Committee determine it is needed for the application to be reviewed. If your transcripts are selected for a course-by-course evaluation by an external agency, you will be responsible for supplying all necessary documentation and paying all necessary fees to have your transcripts evaluated.
If you have questions regarding what documents you must submit to fulfill the transcript requirements, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency for admittance into this program. Drexel University accepts course-by-course transcript evaluations from members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a list of member agencies, please visit the NACES website.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
International applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL minimum scores: 90/577/233), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE minimum score: 61) unless they meet the criteria for a waiver.
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.
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. 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.
Request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.
Alternatively, you may submit your recommendation letters by mail. Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of the recommender. The recommendation envelope must be submitted unopened to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Portfolio (Optional)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:
Associate Director, Graduate Fashion Design