Field of Study: Fashion Design
Fashion design programs prepare people to design clothing for commercial sale.
In fashion design programs, students learn to:
- Create designs manually and using computers
- Use artistic abilities to design apparel and accessories including hats and shoes
- Produce their own designs
- Sew their own designs
Students also study:
- Management in the fashion industry
- Different types of fabrics and fibers
- History of fashion
- Ways culture has influenced fashion trends
- Labor and cost analysis
Several independent fashion design schools and community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in fashion design. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
A few universities offer graduate degrees in fashion design. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.