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As a Thomas Jefferson University fashion design student, your immersion into the industry doesn't have to stop at the end of class. Fashion focused extra-curricular activities allow students to delve deeper into whatever aspect of the fashion industry interests them, anywhere from design to merchandising to retail. These groups are responsible for hosting a multitude of fashion related lectures, dinners, pop-up shops, and even fashion shows on TJU's East Falls Campus.
Fashion Industry Association
Fashion Industry Association (FIA) is one of the largest co-curricular campus organizations for students interested in the fashion industry. Students from design, merchandising, textile and other academic backgrounds come together to discuss current industry happenings. On-site industry field trips, guest speakers, and panel discussions from industry professionals are a few examples of activities FIA organize for its members. Members of this organization also have the opportunity to help with various fashion events on campus and in the Philadelphia region, including two on-campus fashion shows. The Annual Fashion Show, held at the end of the spring semester, is almost entirely planned and produced by FIA members, making it one of the largest student run fashion shows in the country.
Black Retail Action Group
Thomas Jefferson University's Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) is one of nine chapters nationwide. This non-profit organization prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in retail, fashion and related industries. For more than 40 years, the organization has been fulfilling their mission through workshops, networking events, speaking engagements, scholarships and summer internship programs.
Each year the Thomas Jefferson University BRAG holds the annual “Talkin’ Fashion” event, where industry professionals speak to members about their career experiences in the fashion industry. The event is completely organized and founded by the chapter and its members.