Curriculum

Students are supported and encouraged to take internships and gain as much real-world experience while studying at Thomas Jefferson University. Below is a typical course sequence for a fashion design undergraduate student.

Total: 125-127 credits

First Year (31-33 credits)

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 II

Hallmarks Core

  • Pathways Seminar
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Mathematics

DEC Core

  • Process: Integrative Design Process (IDP)

Second Year (30 credits)

Major Courses

  • Garment Structures (Fall)
  • Fashion Figure Drawing (Fall)
  • CAD for Fashion Design (Spring)
  • Pattern Development I (Spring)
  • History of Costumes & Textiles (Fall)
  • History of 20th Century Designers (Spring)

Hallmarks Core

  • Writing Seminar II- Multimedia Communication
  • Global Diversity
  • Scientific Understanding¬†

DEC Core

  • Dec Systems
  • Framework: Business Models

Third Year (30 credits)

Major Courses

  • Pattern Development II (Fall)
  • Fashion Design (Fall)
  • Fashion Design Problem Solving (Spring)
  • Junior Studio (Spring)
  • Technical Design OR Fashion Illustration I
  • Advanced CAD to Technical Design or Fashion Illustration I or Advanced CAD

Hallmarks Core

  • Ethics
  • American Diversity
  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Global Issues

DEC Methods

  • Integrative Seminar: Ethnographic Research Methods

Fourth Year (34 credits)

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)
  • Portfolio Layout and Development
  • Apparel CAD/CAM
  • Designated Fashion Design Elective
    (FASD300, FASD315, FASD317, FASR317, FASR319)

Hallmarks Core

  • Capstone Folio Workshop

Free Electives

  • [3] Free Electives (9 credits)