Fashion Design (BFA)Degree

Fashion Design (BFA)

The School of Fashion offers ten BFA degree programs, each designed to prepare you for work in the fashion industry. They are: Design, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Costume Design, Footwear & Accessory Design, Fashion Styling, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Visual Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Marketing. Students in these BFA programs may choose an emphasis in Fashion Design or 3D Design Pattern Making. Coursework combines excellence in design, artistic production, and innovative technology to provide students with the skills necessary to fully realize their creative visions.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

FSH 100 Drawing for Fashion Core/3
FSH 101 Fashion Visual Research and Design Development Core/3
FSH 102 Drawing for Fashion 2 Core/3
FSH 120 Color Science & Fabric Technology Core/3
FSH 164 Fashion Sewing Techniques Core/3
FSH 187 Introduction to Knitwear Core/3
FSH 220 Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 1 Core/3
FSH 221 Fashion Design Communication Core/3
FSH 230 Construction/Draping/Flat Pattern 2 Core/3
FSH 262 Fashion Designer Ready-to-Wear Core/3
FSH 274 Applied Textiles 1 Core/3
FSH 465 Navigating Fashion Careers Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Electives 9
Liberal Arts 42
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    4 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research and Concept Development

  • Produce creative and original designs
  • Select design concepts appropriate for the customer
  • Generate ideas that are coherently related to the chosen concept
  • Conduct thorough design research
  • Demonstrate evidence of trialing and self-editing designs
  • Propose designs that are possible to translate from 2D to 3D

Visual Presentation Skills

  • Create professional and organized presentations that reflect an individual/personal style
  • Effectively communicate design concepts and philosophy two-dimensionally

Technical Skills

  • Work effectively with industry standard software
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in design communication

Verbal and Written Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express ideas utilizing industry vocabulary

    Professional Readiness

    • Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry

    Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
    Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

    1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
    2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
    3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
    4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
    5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
    6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
    7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
    8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

    *Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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