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Fashion Design (B.S.)



The fashion design program’s mission is to establish a program focused on the development of professional skills and creativity supported by a base of liberal arts and to promote student expression of personal design philosophy in consideration of client and societal needs. The fashion design program fosters an environment that supports inventiveness and excellence, and cultivates critical thinking and the application of theoretical knowledge in the resolution of design problems. The curriculum promotes an aesthetic understanding that is confluent with the technical aspects of the discipline. It enables students to build on existing artistic concepts and the ability to adapt to consumer needs. In addition, the mission is to train student designers to have a vision for the future; to problem-solve, to communicate with a vast world requiring quick response, and to contribute to the global marketplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

 Students who graduate from the fashion design program will:

  • Apply conceptual and critical thinking skills to demonstrate the theoretical foundation of the profession.
  • Perform a broad base of technical skills and technology required of the profession.
  • Utilize quantitative reasoning and verbal, written and visual skills effectively.
  • Demonstrate understanding of business practice and ethics.
  • Possess skills to make contributions to the global fashion industry.
  • Examine global and cultural issues as they affect the world.

Program Description

The fashion design program at Thomas Jefferson University is globally recognized for its team-oriented designers who understand the interrelationship of design, production and commerce while creatively answering the ever-changing needs of the fashion marketplace. As an integral part of the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, fashion designers work on industry-related and interdisciplinary projects to develop sophisticated and unique solutions to challenging problems. 

First-year students receive a thorough grounding in design, research and drawing foundations and are immediately challenged to apply those concepts to develop real-world products. The professional studies courses in combination with liberal arts provide the basis for lifelong learning habits in the newest industry methods, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills. 

Second- and third-year students broaden their technical skills while refining their market research, design and production abilities. Projects provide a range of opportunities for students to hone their personal interests in specific markets, textile design, or cutting-edge computer aided design and manufacturing technology. With exposure to the history and newest developments in textiles, students have the unique opportunity to collaborate with textile designers, creating their own materials and developing unique clothing with a practical yet artistic voice.

Senior-year students create collections culminating in varied opportunities for employment. These culminating experiences provide students with a springboard to highlight their interests and talents while strengthening their personal growth. They are prepared for a successful transition into studios in various markets ranging from couture to fast-fashion, from design assistants to entrepreneurs. 

Fashion design students have an opportunity to add an international dimension to their education by participating in the Study Abroad program during their first or third year of study. Students studying overseas gain a cross-cultural experience while broadening their design skills, enabling them to strengthen their competitive edge in the global marketplace.