Fashion Design, Undergraduate

About Fashion Design

Do you have a passion for fashion? Are you creative and full of new ideas? Do you have an eye for color, style and shape? Perhaps you should pursue a degree in Fashion Design at the University of North Texas. The UNT Fashion Design undergraduate program is fifth among public schools in the U.S. and 64th in the world among public and private schools, according to CEOWORLD magazine, March 2022.

Through a rigorous curriculum, you’ll discover the skills needed to conceptualize, present and develop finished garments from your original designs. We also provide a thorough understanding of the industry from historical and present-day perspectives.

B.F.A. in Fashion Design

Fashion design student at the sewing machineThe objective of the Fashion Design undergraduate program at UNT is to give the student the professional skills to take a fashion design idea from sketch to finished garment and an education in design development through an emphasis on art research, fashion history and trend analysis.

The skills taught in the program include the following.

  • Flat patternmaking
  • Draping
  • Fashion drawing
  • Industrial sewing
  • Computer-aided design

The program’s success is reflected in the accomplishments of our students and alumni. Many make early impressions on future employers by competing at national and international events such as the Fashion Group International’s Career Day, Dallas, and Project Runway (Alumna Shirin Askari was featured in the show’s sixth season).

Students learn from faculty members who have experience as fashion designers, jurors of exhibitions and active members of professional organizations. You’ll also have access to the Texas Fashion Collection, which contains nearly 20,000 garments and accessories from the 19th and 20th centuries. Annette Becker, TFC director and faculty member, is a nationally recognized expert on fashion design and history.

Our alumni are employed in design positions with prestigious companies such as the following.

Calvin Klein

Haggar Clothing Co.
Nicole Miller

Ralph Lauren
Zac Posen

Fashion houses in Dallas and Fort Worth regularly seek interns from our program, allowing students to receive hands-on experience. Students have also recently interned with apparel companies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London.

Chanjuan Chen with student Johnathan De la Cruz at the sewing tableWhy choose UNT’s Fashion Design Program?

  • The only university in the region that places fashion design in the art department—the College of Visual Arts and Design
  • The only university in the region that offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in fashion design
  • A program of study that focuses on creative fashion based on design principles
  • Continual emphasis on skill-building and preparing students for a career in the fashion design industry
  • An education that encourages students to create designs that are both innovative and current while being marketable and suitable for manufacturing
  • Courses taught by faculty with industry experience and whose designs have received national and international acclaim
  • Access to the Texas Fashion Collection, a museum-quality collection of nearly 20,000 historical clothing and accessories articles.

Fashion Design Pre-major

All students admitted into UNT who wish to major in an art discipline will be designated as a pre-major in their chosen discipline until they complete the requirements to be accepted as a major.

Students classified as Fashion Design pre-majors must meet specific criteria before being admitted to the Fashion Design major. Please refer to the Academic Advising web page for suggested curriculum guides. 

Fashion Design Curriculum | Suggested Curriculum

  • Intro to Fashion Design, an overview of the industry and the career paths within
  • Six Fashion Design core classes that teach design, patternmaking, flat and draped methods, and fitting
  • Industrial Sewing
  • Fashion Drawing
  • Fashion History to 1865 and 20th Century Fashion
  • Computers in Fashion
  • Professional Practices course is taken the last semester and prepares the student for the job market, with portfolio preparation, job search and interview techniques
  • Electives in the area include Accessories, Fashion Studio, Fashion in New York, and Internship


Hae Jin Gam

Coordinator, Undergraduate Program — Fashion Design
Associate Professor, Fashion Design

Art Building, Room 249

Chanjuan Chen

Coordinator, Graduate Program — Fashion Design
Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Art Building, Room 247

Fashion Design Senior Show image; model projected onto the Art Building facade