Dec 12, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Fashion Design (B.S.)

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The Fashion Design Program at Mount Ida College integrates liberal arts, creativity, and technology to give students the skills to compete and succeed in this fast-paced field.

Students study all facets of fashion design through hands-on instruction in a variety of courses that reflect current industry trends. Classes in art, draping, sewing, patternmaking, illustration, tailoring, CAD, and presentation lead to studio work that gives students the opportunity to show their talent and originality.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Career options include employment as an assistant designer, head designer, spec and fit technician, trend researcher, costume designer, apparel production manager, fashion business owner and many others.

Graduate study options include pursuing an MFA or MS in Textile Arts or Fashion Design, or an MA in Visual Culture and Costume Design.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will have the ability to:

  • Use appropriate materials and technology to make garments;
  • Create original designs from concept to presentation of the finished garment;
  • Effectively communicate design concepts in both verbal and written forms and through the use of fashion design presentation techniques;
  • Develop original patterns through hands-on methods;
  • Define an individual design philosophy;
  • Utilize problem solving techniques in the development of original ideas;
  • Utilize constructive criticism in a positive manner;
  • Work as a member of a team;
  • Produce a professional working portfolio and resume;
  • Apply and interview for professional design positions;
  • Digitize slopers and patterns from paper and actual garments into a computer system utilized by the fashion industry;
  • Draft pattern, grade, and develop computer generated cutting markers for production;
  • Complete a tailored garment;
  • Experiment with various artists’ materials;
  • Understand domestic and international production procedures, costing, and materials sourcing and purchasing;
  • Develop understanding of small business management;
  • Develop, construct and represent two to three lines of increasing complexity, focusing on major target markets.

Policies, Conditions and Fees

Progression in Program:  Before proceeding to the junior year, all Fashion Design students must demonstrate that they possess the necessary skill level for advance studio work by attaining a grade of at least C (2.00) in each of the following three classes:

  • FD 101 Basic Clothing Construction
  • FD 103 Flat Pattern Drafting I
  • FD 105 Draping and Couture

Additional Costs: Students are required initially to purchase art supplies and sewing materials. Yearly expenditures (excluding books, laboratory and field trip fees) may total $400 to $600, depending on student work habits.

The School of Design reserves the right to retain work done in classes for possible inclusion in the Annual Student Art Show and for accreditation reviews. Although reasonable care will be exercised in collection and storage of art and design work, Mount Ida College cannot assume any responsibility for damaged or missing work.


III. Required Supporting Courses: (6 credits)

IV. Other Required Courses: (30 credits)


  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 Credits
    (“W” Course)
  • One general education course approved by the Department Chair (Suggested: BA 101 or EN 105) 3 credits

Total Credits: (123)


All College Curriculum
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing intensive  (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)

Second Year: (33 credits)

  • Social World elective 3 credits
  • Science or Math elective  3 credits

Third Year: (30-33 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Math or Science Elective 3 credits
  • History Elective 3 credits

Fourth Year: (27-30 credits)


  • Literature Elective  3 credits
  • One general education course approved by the Program Director (Suggested: BA 101 or EN 105) 3 credits

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