Curriculum

The M.S. International Fashion Design Management program is designed for flexibility. A hybrid + virtual learning model and specialized concentration tracks allow for a customizable learning experience.

Regardless of concentration, students will learn to survey brand strategies, brand aesthetic, and product assortment across channels of distribution based on defined strategies. They will develop the ability to drive change by identifying, examining and critiquing the intersection of design, technology, and sustainability.

Required Courses:

  • Design Process Timeline
  • Social Media Metrics in Design
  • Designing within Brand Parameters
  • Building Brand Identity
  • Capstone Independent Study (Global Experience)
  • CLO 3D Design Innovation

Concentrations

IFDM + Sustainability Leadership Certification

Explore concepts and practices of leadership development, and leadership emergence through the lens of professional design. In this concentration, students develop a sense of ethical standards, and desire to construct purpose-driven business models. Completion of a Sustainable Leadership Certificate is also imbedded in this track.

Track Specific Courses:

  • Principles in Sustainable Design
  • Environmental Impact & Analysis Systems Thinking
  • Models & Metrics for Sustainable Organizations
  • Adaptive & Resilient Design
  • Textile Design & Approval Process
  • Strategic Design & Merchandising

IFDM + Sustainability Concentration

Analyze, synthesize and integrate sustainable values into the design of projects, products, processes, and policies. Students in this concentration demonstrate an ability to engage in critical thinking by analyzing situations, constructing and selecting viable solutions to solve problems.

Track Specific Courses:

  • Environmental Impact & Analysis Systems Thinking
  • Models & Metrics for Sustainable Organizations
  • Sustainability Advocacy & Change Management
  • Textile Design & Approval Process OR Strategic Design & Merchandising

IFDM Innovation + Technology

Understand the working of the fashion industry collaboratively with tech and innovation. Students in this concentration explore the use of 3D tools, virtual reality, blockchain, and advanced trend forecasting systems to examine the future of the fashion industry.

Track Specific Courses:

  • Soft Goods Development
  • Technology in Fashion
  • Soft Good Fabrication
  • Textile Design & Approval Process
  • Strategic Design & Merchandising

IFDM Entrepreneurship

Explain the importance of business models to value creation and new venture success in today’s economy. Students in this concentration critically examine different business model frameworks, especially those aligned with the circular economy, for a deeper understanding of what drives brand success.

Track Specific Course Load:

  • Produce Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Global Fashion Marketing & Sourcing
  • Strategic Design & Merchandising
  • Textile Design & Approval Process

IFDM Textile Design

Research and discover how new textile design methods, technology, and fabrications are driving the fashion industry forward. Students in this concentration study the textile design and testing process for a deeper understanding of what goes into the fabric used to make clothing.

Track Specific Course Load:

  • Knit Technology
  • Textile Design & Approval Process
  • Strategic Design & Merchandising
  • Design Management

IFDM Customized

Customize your path to education. Students are invited to create individualized concentrations based on courses from suggested tracks listed above.