The School of Fashion is launching a revised undergraduate curriculum for students admitted Fall 2020 and after. The revised curriculum provides students the flexibility to gain an understanding of the range of opportunities available within the interdisciplinary field of fashion. Students will have the ability to shape their individual curricular pathways, supported by academic advising, a foundation of core and fundamentals courses, and the option to choose increasingly advanced electives from a range of concentration areas (listed below).
Over the course of four years, students will be able to identify their areas of interest and develop specialized expertise in those areas all while establishing a breadth of knowledge in fashion theory and practice. Working closely with subject matter experts, students will develop creative, technical, and theoretical skills to advance in the interdisciplinary field of fashion.
The revised curriculum is structured as follows;
• Core courses form the backbone of the curriculum and bring together all fashion students throughout the four-year degree.
• Table I courses introduce skills and knowledge that form the foundation of increasingly advanced Table II and Table III electives.
• Liberal Studies courses and University Open electives ensure students gain breadth of knowledge and experiences and provide opportunities for students to pursue Minors.
• Table II and Table III electives are grouped into Concentrations.
Concentrations (for students admitted Fall 2020 and after)
Concentrations offer an opportunity for students to pursue a particular area in fashion. Concentrations are optional and not a degree requirement. Successful completion of 8 courses in a concentration area results in the concentration being listed on a student’s transcript.
Fashion Communication: Creative, technical and theoretical approaches of promoting fashion to audiences through multiple platforms.
Fashion Design: Creative and technical approaches to designing and producing clothing using both traditional and computer-aided design techniques.
Fashion Studies: Examining the broader social, cultural and economic implications of the production, promotion and consumption of fashion.
Design Leadership: Developing meaningful solutions to industry problems by ideating and producing innovative products and/or with tangible social, cultural and/or economic value.
Textiles and Material Practices: Engaging with methods and critical approaches to design and create original and innovative textiles and/or accessories while working in both digital and analogue environments.
Concentrations are offered continually and are not subject to availability. Courses for fulfilling a Concentration come from Table II and III, and while not every course may be running each year, there are sufficient alternatives to complete a Concentration, should you choose to.
Internships provide educational experiences in the workplace and opportunities for students to connect with employers. Between first and fourth year students’ complete 400 total hours of internship including a minimum of 250 hours of documented work experience related to the fashion and communication industries along with a series of University-led workshops.