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.

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 our students’ accomplishments. 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 are experienced 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.

Dillard’s
Calvin Klein
Fossil

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 also have recently interned with apparel companies in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.

Why 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 articles of historic clothing and accessories.

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 who are classified as Fashion Design pre-majors must meet specific criteria before their admission to the Fashion Design major. Please refer to the Academic Advising web page for suggested curriculum guides. 

Fashion Design Entry-Portfolio Review Information 

Students are admitted into the fashion design core courses, ADES 1560 and ADES 2550, after earning grades of C or better in ART 1600, ART1700, ART 1800, ART 1900 and ADES 1550: Introduction to Fashion Design. The Entry Review will be held once each year at the end of the fall semester for students enrolled in or who have successfully completed ADES 1560: Introduction to Industrial Sewing and ADES 2550: Patternmaking I. Top-ranked students will be accepted into the program, complete degree plans and be granted access to ADES 2555: Patternmaking II, ADES 2560: Advanced Industrial Sewing Techniques, and  ADES 2570: Fashion Drawing for the spring semester. Details regarding the required contents of the portfolio will be explained in ADES 2550. 

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 taken the last semester 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

Contact

Hae Jin Gam

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

940-565-3621
HaeJin.Gam@unt.edu
Art Building, Room 249

Chanjuan Chen

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

940-565-3621
Chanjuan.Chen@unt.edu
Art Building, Room 247

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


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