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Fashion Design Undergraduate Curriculum

The goal of Drexel's Fashion Design program is to integrate an understanding of art, craft, and design with the creation of clothing for the marketplace. Learn how you can take control of your education by crafting a fashion design course curriculum catered toward your interests.

Undergraduate Courses in Fashion Design

The rigorous Fashion Design curriculum is an integrated educational experience that prepares students to be creative problem solvers in design and commerce. The coursework is comprehensive in all aspects of design, fashion and art history, business and technology. Students are prepared for a range of career paths including apparel design, knitwear design, textile design, costume design, product design, and technical design.

Students have access to state-of-the-art studios and innovative technology and making labs to help them realize their visions, including a new Shima Seiki knitwear studio for knitwear design, programming, and production. Hands-on visits to the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection gallery, with a newly expanded research and study area, provide a new level of design research integrated into coursework.

The Fashion Design curriculum includes a series of design foundation courses, along with a number of introductory environmental science courses focusing on the natural environment and the interaction with human society. Through the examination of local and global environmental changes, students are challenged to design and incorporate sustainable practices into their work. Students also take a civic engagement course, in which they actively engage with the surrounding community and examine local aspects of an increasingly diverse population, consumer, and workforce. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with other students and faculty from across disciplines within the University.

Students who pursue a major in Fashion Design are required to take courses in:

  • Flat Pattern Design
  • Figure Drawing for Fashion
  • Draping Design
  • Textiles for Fashion Design
  • History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
  • Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking
  • Introduction to Civic Engagement
  • Materials Exploration
  • 3D Design

Fashion Design majors also have the opportunity to enhance their plan of study by taking courses from the LeBow College of Business and Close School of Entrepreneurship.

Fashion Design Plans of Study

The following is a sample plan of study (additional sample plans can be found in the Westphal course catalog):

Sample Plans of Study

Several factors influence the sequencing of Fashion Design courses including:

  • Transfer credits
  • AP credits
  • Academic year entering the program
  • Programmatic changes
  • Minors
  • Study abroad

Enrolled students should refer to their individualized DegreeWorks account and consult with their Academic Advisor to ensure they meet all Fashion Design major requirements in a timely manner.

Want to begin planning your Fashion Design courses? Let us help! Contact us or reach out to an Academic Advisor in the Westphal College Office of Academic Advising.

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