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 Communication
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education or Service Learning (1 credit)

DEC Core

  • Process: Integrative Design Process (IDP)

Major Core

  • Design Essentials (Fall)
  • Drawing Essentials (Fall)
  • Fashion Design Research (Spring)
  • Figure Drawing (Spring)
  • Survey of the Textile Industry (Fall)
  • History of Western Art I

Second Year (30 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Writing Seminar II- Multimedia Communication
  • Global Diversity

DEC Core

  • Science (Select one DECSYS)
  • Framework: Business Models

Major Courses

  • Garment Structures (Fall)
  • Fashion Figure Drawing (Fall)
  • CAD for Fashion Design (Spring)
  • Pattern Development I (Spring)
  • History of Costumes & Textiles (Spring)
  • History of Western Art II

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 (Fall)
  • Fashion Design (Fall)
  • Fashion Design Problem Solving (Spring)
  • Pattern Development III (Spring)
  • Technical Design OR Fashion Illustration I

Fourth Year (34 credits)

Hallmarks Core

  • Science
  • Capstone Folio Workshop

Major Core

  • Apparel Fabric Performance (Spring)
  • Seminar: Textile and Apparel Industry Issues (Fall)
  • Collection Development I (Fall)
  • Collection Development II (Spring)
  • Apparel CAD/CAM (Spring)
  • 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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