Fashion Design


Students are supported and encouraged to take internships and gain as much real-world experience while studying at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Below is a typical course sequence for a fashion design undergraduate student.

Total: 125-127 credits

First Year (31-33 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Pathways Seminar
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communications
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Mathematics

DEC Core

  • Process: Integrative Design Process (IDP)

Major Core

  • Design Essentials 
  • Drawing Fundamentals 
  • Fashion Design Research
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Survey of the Textile Industry 
  • History of Western Art II

Second Year (30 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Writing Seminar II- Multimedia Communication
  • Global Diversity

DEC Core

  • Systems: Scientific Understanding
  • Framework: Business Models
  • Science

Major Courses

  • Garment Structures 
  • Fashion Figure Drawing 
  • CAD for Fashion Design 
  • Pattern Development I 
  • History of Costumes & Textiles
  • History of 20th Century Designers

Third Year (30 credits)

Hallmark Core

  • Ethics
  • American Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Global Issues

DEC Methods

  • Integrative Seminar: Ethnographic Research Methods

Major Courses

  • Pattern Development II 
  • Fashion Design 
  • Fashion Design Problem Solving 
  • Junior Studio
  • Technical Design OR Fashion Illustration I

Fourth Year (34 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Capstone Folio Workshop

Major Core

  • Apparel Fabric Performance 
  • Portfolio Development and Fashion Layout
  • Seminar: Textile and Apparel Industry Issues (Fall)
  • Collection Development I 
  • Collection Development II 
  • Apparel CAD/CAM
  • Designated Fashion Design Elective (FASHDES-300, FASHDES-317, FASHDES-336, FASHDES-337, FASHDES-419, FASHDES-442, FASHDES-433, FASHDES-317, FASHDES-319)

Free Electives

  • [3] Free Electives (9 credits)

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