Fashion Product Development

Learn to create and develop products that are appropriate for a brand and their target customer.  You will analyze current trends, create technical drawings using both hand drawings and industry standard software, identify and source materials, and plan for production of seasonal collections.

The Fashion Product Development degree is ideal for those seeking a career as a product developer, technical designer, product manager, production manager, supply chain manager, director of production, director of product development, and more.



What We Teach

Product Design Process
You will learn to develop style specifications for new fashion products, source raw materials, and estimate product costs for a target market. You will conduct trend research and present analysis for merchandising plans. Gain the skills needed to use the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to understand the many parts involved in controlling a garment from concept to materials sourcing to finished product.
Product Line Development
Learn to develop a fashion collection. Use trend analysis and business plans to adapt products appropriate for the target customer. Students will learn to work through the process of line editing. Reviewing each style as a team evaluating cost, cost and appropriateness for the customer.
Fabrication, Sourcing, & Production
You will refine your skills of line development and technical packages utilizing web-based PLM software. You will also focus the processes and procedures of fashion product sourcing, cost estimating techniques, methods for evaluating product constructions, and advanced knowledge of fashion manufacturing.
Trend Forecasting
Explore the world of trend forecasting. Learn to develop the skills necessary to identify and analyze trends. Students will analyze the evolution of products and interpret the context of products to analyze and predict trends.

Fashion Product Development Degrees

The Fashion Product Development MFA degree program focuses on developing and managing all aspects of the fashion product development process. You will learn aesthetics, design, and product development strategies specific to companies and their target markets. You will create product concepts and lines based on in-depth market and trend research, gain skills in sourcing textiles and raw material, and understand manufacturing strategies and shipping logistics to deliver finished products to stores and consumers.

In addition, you will gain the drawing, design, construction, technical, and industry standard software skills to create a thesis project that includes a complete product line and an implementation strategy.

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