Design M.F.A. with a concentration in Fashion Design

About the M.F.A. in Fashion Design
M.F.A. Admissions Requirements

Program Requirements
Graduate Program Advisor

About the M.F.A. in Fashion Design

The Master of Fine Arts program in the CVAD Department of Design seeks to create an educational experience that provides students with an understanding of the pedagogy of teaching design, focused research and creative scholarship within the academy that supports the burgeoning needs of their profession in a world that is becoming more interconnected and interdependent. The program does not assist students who wish to build a portfolio or enhance their skills; its mission is to prepare graduates to be effective design educators, managers and professionals while helping them expand their ability to build and apply knowledge in the field of fashion design.


M.F.A. Admissions Requirements

Students who apply for admission must have the following.

  1. An accredited Bachelor’s degree (minimum of 120 semester credit hours) in the same or closely related field, as follows.
    a. Fashion Design
    b. Clothing and Textiles
    c. Apparel Manufacturing, etc.
  2. A minimum of two years of professional experience in the field.

Information on the M.F.A. program for U.S. residents for the Master of Fine Arts, M.F.A., in Design with a concentration in Fashion Design

Information on the M.F.A. program for Non-U.S. Residents for the Master of Fine Arts, M.F.A., in Design with a concentration in Fashion Design  

Program Requirements

A minimum of 60 semester credit hours, including 30 hours of studio. Candidates are expected to prepare an exhibition of their work for presentation to the public.
Fashion Design concentration, 21–30 hours (minimum). Up to 30 hours of graduate work from a previous or concurrent graduate degree may be utilized. 

Independent studies are arranged through faculty advisement.

Art history, 12 hours
Minor, 9–15 hours
Research methods, 3 hours
Problem study instead of a thesis, 6 hours

Additional requirements

All graduate students seeking the M.F.A. in the design department must participate in graduate reviews every term/semester they are enrolled in a studio course until they pass and are admitted to candidacy.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Chanjuan with long hair, smilingChanjuan Chen

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

Art Building, Room 247