Master of Science in Fashion Design

Master of Science: 63.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The MS in Fashion Design is a full-time program that stresses the development of technical skills and research and experimentation. A typical graduate sequence may consist of seven terms of graduate courses and five terms of prerequisite coursework, beginning with the summer term accelerated design and drawing courses.

The curriculum is organized so that studio, laboratory, and classroom work give the graduate student a directed experience in the study of aesthetics, criticism, and contemporary art concepts; contemporary and historic art and design; current technology; the discipline of drawing; and the making of art. Students learn to integrate design's aesthetic, psychological, and social needs with the construction of clothing.

The goal of the MS program in fashion design is to integrate the understanding of design with the construction of clothing so that the final products answer physical, aesthetic, psychological, and social needs within the context of contemporary fashion and industrial limitations. This approach provides a sound basis for a broad range of employment in the fashion industry and in education. Other professional opportunities lie in merchandising, costume design, curatorial work, and computer-aided design.

The faculty of the Department of Fashion, Product and  Design & Merchandising includes art historians, CAD specialists, designers, fiber artists, merchandising specialists, painters, and sculptors. The department also draws on practicing professionals as adjunct professors for specialized coursework and for critique of student work.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students after completing the first year.

The Fashion and Design & Merchandising programs produce a professionally juried annual fashion show which provides competitive fashion industry and department awards and excellent exposure for the graduate students' design thesis. At Drexel, students can participate in the activities of the Fashion Group of Philadelphia, the local chapter of an international fashion industry organization. Students may also participate in the Fashion and Design Student Organization and attend trips to fashion events in New York City.

The 63.0 graduate quarter credits does not include any of the required prerequisite coursework. See the Admission Requirements for a list of courses students are expected to have completed prior to beginning their graduate study.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Program Director:
Kathi Martin
martink@drexel.edu


 

 

Admission Requirements

Students enter the program from diverse backgrounds, including liberal arts, fine arts, and business. A personal interview is required. The admission criteria for the graduate program consist of the requirements of the University for graduate admission plus satisfaction of undergraduate coursework in basic fashion design skills and concepts. These prerequisites comprise 31.0 credits in design, drawing, and art history in addition to 32.0 credits in specific undergraduate fashion design professional courses, or their equivalent.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Coursework
ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire3.0
ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I3.0
FASH 201Survey of the Fashion Industry3.0
FASH 210Presentation Techniques in Fashion3.0
FASH 211Fashion Drawing I3.0
FASH 212Fashion Drawing II3.0
FASH 230Textiles for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 241Construction Skills4.0
FASH 251Fashion Design I4.0
FASH 341Flat Pattern Design4.0
FASH 342Draping Design4.0
FASH 343Tailoring and Design4.0
VSST 104Accelerated Design I *2.0
VSST 105Accelerated Design II *2.0
VSST 106Accelerated Design III *2.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
VSST 204Materials Exploration4.0
Select two of the following:6.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern
History of Art: Early to Late Modern
Total Credits63.0

*

Or VSST 101, VSST 102, VSST 103 (Design I, II, III; 12.0 credits).

Beginning in the summer term, the department offers a four-term prerequisite year to prepare candidates for the graduate coursework. A portfolio review and departmental evaluation determine what prerequisites have been satisfied. Contact the graduate advisor for specific information about prerequisites or to make an appointment for evaluation.

For additional information on requirements and how to apply, visit Graduate Admissions at Drexel University.

Degree Requirements 

The two years of full-time graduate coursework combine four terms of faculty-directed studio work in fashion design and two terms of student-directed independent studio work with required courses in design, aesthetics, and the art process. Elective coursework in fashion or specific topics; advanced studies in art, computer-aided design, art history, and fashion design; and independent studies allow individual flexibility in curriculum design.

Graduate Problems in Fashion Design I and II (FASH 865 and FASH 866) emphasize the development of an original statement of design intent, allowing students to synthesize their academic experiences and prepare for the marketplace. Each graduate student develops his or her personal collection which is then produced and presented in a professional fashion show.

Professional Portfolio (FASH 864) is a capstone course in which students create a professional quality collection of drawings geared to their market preferences.

Students are required to participate in at least three national and international fashion design competitions (FASH 899). These competitions provide awareness of world-wide design sensibilities and the overall level of competition in various facets of the marketplace.

The fashion industry internship (FASH 600) promotes spirit of entrepreneurship and provides perspective on success in the fashion industry. A full-time ten week position in industry is required and provides experience in design and production processes.

Required Courses
Fashion Design Studios
ARTH 530History of Modern Design3.0
FASH 600Fashion Industry Internship0.0
FASH 604Materials Exploration3.0
FASH 610Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 611Textile Design3.0
FASH 615Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking3.0
FASH 616Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 628Draping Design3.0
FASH 629Fashion Design I3.0
FASH 630Fashion Design A3.0
FASH 631Fashion Design B3.0
FASH 632Drawing for Industry3.0
FASH 643Tailoring3.0
FASH 730Fashion Design C3.0
FASH 731Fashion Design D3.0
FASH 765Fashion Presentation3.0
FASH 766Fashion Business Topics3.0
FASH 864Professional Portfolio3.0
FASH 865Problems in Fashion Design Phase I3.0
FASH 866Problems in Fashion Design Phase II3.0
FASH 899Comprehensive Examination in Fashion Design0.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Technical Design
Principles of Flat Pattern and Draping
Machine Knitting
Accessory Design
Millinery Design
Advanced Fashion Drawing
Style and the Media
Special Topics in Fashion Design
Total Credits63.0

Facilities

The open design of the URBN Center studio spaces fosters collaboration across our diverse design, media and art disciplines. It provides spaces where students can see what their classmates are creating; where making labs can be shared by students from many majors; and where creative connections can be made.

All majors in the college integrate use of discipline-specific and general use software in the 35 computer labs at Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design which house over 550 computers (Apple iMacs, Apple MacPros, BoxxTech, Dell, and HP). Also available within our college are five premier Music Industry recording studios and a motion capture/green screen compositing space. The Hybrid Lab contains traditional metal and woodworking machines as well as a rapid prototyper, a laser cutter, and access to a 3D router for multi-disciplinary design and product making. In The Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory students experiment with production methods that advance the field of wearable technology using sixteen SDS-ONE APEX3 workstations, three state-of-the-art knitting machines.

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC), one of the finest teaching collections in the United States, is an educational resource for the students of Drexel University. Our mission as a University-based collection is to educate and inspire, while providing a significant resource for an ever-expanding community of historians, scholars, artists, and designers. Westphal College’s new URBN Center facility has greatly improved the accessibility and visibility of the FHCC and allowed us to honor A. J. Drexel’s original educational intent in taking a leadership role in research and scholarship, while preserving the collection for future generations. The Charles Evans Library contains books, periodicals, DVDs and other sources of inspiration for the fashion student.

The fourth floor of the Academic Building is occupied by a 10,000- square-foot photography lab, lighting studios, and two digital imaging labs. It offers professional-quality equipment in a comfortable working environment.

Film and video facilities include two fully equipped television studios; digital editing facilities; video-editing suites; film editors; and specially outfitted multimedia rooms for all courses. Loan equipment available to students includes digital video cameras; Bolex, Gizmo and Arriflex film cameras; and field lighting and audio equipment. Additionally, the college operates a cable television station reaching over 400,000 households.

The music industry major’s digital audio labs and recording studios in MacAlister Hall and University Crossings offer opportunities for the creation, modification, analysis, and recording of sound and music using analog and digital media.

The Mandell Theater provides a 420-seat proscenium theater with scene shop, dressing rooms, and costume shop. Costume is taught with primary source material from Drexel’s 7,000- piece Historic Costume Collection.

The Ellen Forman Memorial Dance Studio, adjacent to the Mandell Theater is the primary studio for the Dance major.

In University Crossings, a 25,000 square foot space houses offices for film, video, screenwriting, and playwriting faculty as well as two state-of-the-art digital editing facilities, a shooting and motion capture studio with special effects capability, two screening rooms, several multi-media classrooms, a laboratory for game development and research, laboratories for other digital media purposes and for music industry, and a well-stocked equipment room.

Courses

FASH 600 Fashion Industry Internship 0.0 Credits

Provides relevant off campus employment for students; they experience design and production processes in an industrial setting.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH.

FASH 604 Materials Exploration 3.0 Credits

In this course students experiment with materials, connectors, color, texture and form as they relate to the body. Students will learn how to transform and manipulate fabric by uncovering processes that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into three-dimensional works.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (VSST 104 [Min Grade: B] or VSST 101 [Min Grade: B]) and (VSST 105 [Min Grade: B] or VSST 102 [Min Grade: B]) and (VSST 106 [Min Grade: B] or VSST 103 [Min Grade: B]) and VSST 110 [Min Grade: B] and VSST 111 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 610 Presentation Techniques 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to introduce presentation techniques and skills used in the Fashion Industry. Students will learn to prepare presentation boards, portfolios, and brochures via traditional and digital media.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 604 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 611 Textile Design 3.0 Credits

Instructs the student in both traditional and digital techniques and Textile Design. Investigates layout, repeat and co-ordinated fabric groups.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH or major is INTR.
Prerequisites: VSST 102 [Min Grade: D] or VSST 105 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 615 Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking 3.0 Credits

Covers the production, storage, and retrieval of fashion patterns using computer-assisted design software and Macintosh hardware. Requires students to use previously acquired pattern-making and design skills to produce patterns on the computer and plotter.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 342 [Min Grade: C] or FASH 628 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 616 Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of computers in the fashion industry. Develops students' presentation skills using industry software and commercial graphics programs.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 611 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 617 Technical Design 3.0 Credits

Technical Design is crucial in managing technical information internally and externally within a fashion design company. The student is trained in the essential skills of creating technical packages using data programs and sketching, conducting fittings, maintaining specs, and grading patterns and how to communicate information efficiently in a global fashion industry.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH.
Prerequisites: FASH 342 [Min Grade: D]

FASH 625 Principles of Flat Pattern and Draping 3.0 Credits

Provides analysis of and experience in methods of developing fashion designs through exploration of flat pattern and draping methods. Explores basic patternmaking techniques and manipulations. Establishes comparisons between drafting and draping techniques in the development of standard slopers.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 241 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 628 Draping Design 3.0 Credits

Differences in the material properties of fabric require the designer to use a variety of approaches to take a design concept to realization. Building on skills mastered in FASH 341-Flat Pattern Design, students will learn to create garments by combining those skills with draping directly on the dress form.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 341 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 629 Fashion Design I 3.0 Credits

Inspiration and research is essential to the creation of new ideas and the fulfillment of design problems. Fashion Design I examines the use of both unusual and familiar sources of inspiration to develop uniquely creative garments. Resources may include: architecture, film, furniture, historic costume (DHCC), industrial design, interior design, nature, painting, sculpture, transportation, etc. The ability to think on paper is stressed as well as the manipulation of a variety of materials and media through the conceptualization and development of both singular realizations and coordinated groups.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 628 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 630 Fashion Design A 3.0 Credits

Explores sources of inspiration and requires students to translate and develop source material into creative garments. Stresses the extension and elaboration of ideas within a specific market.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 251 [Min Grade: C] or FASH 629 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 631 Fashion Design B 3.0 Credits

Stresses industrial limitations as they apply to design and creativity. Covers fabrication, costing, market requirements, and specifications for all facets of the industry. Primary areas of concentration include sportswear and swimwear. Includes professional critiques.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: or FASH 629 [Min Grade: B], FASH 251 [Min Grade: C] or FASH 629 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 632 Drawing for Industry 3.0 Credits

Offers the Fashion student the ability to generate technical renderings of garments along with associated specifications requirements as per industry expectations.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH.
Prerequisites: FASH 342 [Min Grade: C] or FASH 628 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 643 Tailoring 3.0 Credits

In this course, building on skills mastered in FASH 341-Flat Pattern Design and FASH 628-Draping Design, the student is instructed in the complex pattern-making, draping, construction and fitting techniques necessary to produce a tailored suit or coat.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 629 [Min Grade: B]

FASH 730 Fashion Design C 3.0 Credits

Expands and broadens technical skills and lays the groundwork for development of the graduate collection. Projects include couture eveningwear techniques.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 631 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 731 Fashion Design D 3.0 Credits

Emphasizes a particular limit of time, cost, or material and expands development of technical solutions to construction and production problems.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 730 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 750 Machine Knitting 3.0 Credits

Machine Knitting is an introduction to knitwear design specialization. Students learn to style and draw knit garments to develop a professional portfolio. Technical information regarding yarn analysis, stitch construction, pattern and garment construction are the focus of this class.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH.
Prerequisites: FASH 241 [Min Grade: C] and VSST 112 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 751 Accessory Design 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with concepts and skills to design traditional and contemporary fashion accessories with emphasis in embroidery; applique; hand painting; and clay, plastic and ceramic work.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 241 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 752 Millinery Design 3.0 Credits

Familiarizes students with the techniques and processes involved in hat making. Emphasis will be placed on historical perspectives and materials.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 241 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 754 Advanced Fashion Drawing 3.0 Credits

Through in-class creative assignments with experimental techniques, students learn to respond rapidly, originally, and with increased focus to resolve drawing and design problems.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 212 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 765 Fashion Presentation 3.0 Credits

Requires two-dimensional presentation of original collections based on various facets of the industry. Stresses professional skill development in medium of choice.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 212 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 766 Fashion Business Topics 3.0 Credits

Presents the following topics in seminar: fashion merchandising as a link between producer and final consumer, retail distribution, interpreting consumer demand, merchandise assortment planning, unit and inventory control, and pricing; fashion marketing and manufacturing, including the marketing process, components of the fashion industry, market evaluation, demographic and psychographic factors, manufacturing components and processes, and case studies.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FASH 767 Style and the Media 3.0 Credits

Fashion Journalism is reading and writing about all aspects of fashion, including reporting, criticism and commentary about photography related to fashion published in newspapers or magazines, displayed on websites, aired on radio and/or TV. The style of the writers and also the aspects of dress they found significant is examined.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

FASH 799 Special Topics in Fashion Design 1.0-4.0 Credit

Provides study in the field of fashion design, interdisciplinary studies, and other areas. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

FASH 864 Professional Portfolio 3.0 Credits

This course will involve preparation and execution of a finished designer portfolio for couture, 7th Avenue or the boutique American market. Included in the preparation is research of their chosen entry into the market via history, visuals and customer profile.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is FASH.
Prerequisites: FASH 765 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 865 Problems in Fashion Design Phase I 3.0 Credits

Requires proposal, design, and execution of related garments to form a collection. Emphasizes the designer's goals. Includes professional critique.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 730 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 866 Problems in Fashion Design Phase II 3.0 Credits

Continues FASH 865. Includes professional critique.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: FASH 865 [Min Grade: C]

FASH 899 Comprehensive Examination in Fashion Design 0.0 Credits

Provides a comprehensive examination in the field of fashion design. Required of candidates for the M.S. degree upon satisfactory completion of the coursework for the degree.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

Fashion, Product Design & Merchandising Faculty

Kristen Ainscoe, BS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Visual merchandiser; merchandise management.
Catherine Byers, MA (American University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Journalism; marketing and communications.
Nick Cassway, BFA (Tyler School of Art). Assistant Teaching Professor. Curating; experimental portraiture; computer design.
Anne C. Cecil, MA (University of the Arts) Program Director, Design & Merchandising. Associate Teaching Professor. Web designer, product designer, merchandising and artist.
Renee Weiss Chase, MS (Drexel University). Professor. Fashion designer; computer-aided design systems for the fashion curriculum.
Anita Dennis, AST (Art Institute of Philadelphia) Fashion Laboratory Technician. Assistant Teaching Professor. Fashion designer and technician; construction skills.
Genevieve Dion, MFA (University of the Arts). Assistant Professor. Industrial designer, wearable artist, new materials technology research.
Michael Glaser, MFA (Ohio State University) Program Director for Product Design. Assistant Professor. Quantifying the designer's intuition; the interplay between digital and physical forms; human desire to shape our surroundings.
Cynthia Golembuski, MS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Fashion Design. Assistant Teaching Professor. Fashion designer, illustrator, computer aided design.
Roberta Hochberger Gruber, MS (Drexel University) Head of the Fashion and Product Design & Merchandising Department. Associate Professor. Fashion designer and illustrator; wearable artist, merchandiser, special events.
Joseph H. Hancock, II, PhD (Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Apparel merchandising, textiles and clothing, culture and marketing strategies.
Lisa L. Hayes, BFA (Syracuse University) Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product designer, pattern design.
Jan Marshall, BA (Long Island University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Fashion designer, knitwear, product development, fashion analysis.
Kathi Martin, MSIS (Drexel University) Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion and textile designer; textile artist; computer-aided design, best practices online databases and graphic interfaces for fashion and historic costume, virtual characters for fashion design.
Alphonso McClendon, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Fashion designer, textile designer, computer aided design.
Beth Phillips, MS (Georgetown University). Associate Teaching Professor. Business and international marketing, linguist, analysis of products.
Juanita Phillips, BS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Fashion designer and educator.
Clare Sauro, MA (Fashion Institute of Technology) Curator of the Robert and Penny vox Historic Costume Collection. Assistant Teaching Professor. Curatorial studies, collection management, art history and fashion.
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