Fashion Design

Major: Fashion Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 183.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0407
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1022

About the Program

The Fashion Design Program at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design educates and trains visionary designers to use an integrated approach toward the creation of contemporary fashion within the context of an expanding, yet converging global economy and society. Through a series of courses offered freshman year, fashion students will explore the challenges facing our industry and learn how to implement sustainable solutions in their design process. The fusion of art, design, science and technology serves as a springboard for the production of unique apparel for the 21st century, and represents a trans-disciplinary approach that requires flexibility and focus. Over the past two decades, Drexel’s Fashion Design program has developed a stellar, international reputation and is ranked in the top four nationally and 14th worldwide. That is due in part, to a passionate and experienced faculty, novel approaches to pedagogy, and participation in national and international competitions. Faculty and alumni connections to industry leaders strongly augment and catalyze the program, the strength of which is closely linked to the philosophy that each student has a distinct vision and a unique aesthetic that must be cultivated on an individual basis. 

Students have 24 hour access to state-of-the-art studios including CAD pattern, CLO 3-D virtual garment simulation, Shima Seiki Apex-3 design technology and automated knitwear machines. The Shima Seiki knit lab features the latest equipment for the design, simulation and production of fully fashioned knitwear. Students can engage in collaborative University wide research through the use of the exCITe Center located next door and the Hybrid Making Lab located on the URBN Center’s first floor. They acquire detailed knowledge about industrial productions, advanced technologies in design, collaborative design, materials and processes, and the marketing and merchandising of clothing.

Accordingly, our future fashion designers, both undergraduates and graduates alike, develop an intuitive and practical understanding of design through a fine arts foundation, while studying the psychological, social and historical contexts of fashion through the world-renowned Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC). Importantly, the students are provided with commercial studio/ atelier training that goes hand-in-hand with classroom instruction through the University’s cooperative education program. Cooperative education offers invaluable opportunities for students to observe and participate in the fashion industry at the ground level. Critiques by visiting professionals are included in all upper level courses and provide valuable “real world” input, as well as future career connections. A large percentage of students spend a term studying abroad in the world’s great fashion capitals, including London, England and Florence, Italy. Students can also choose from a range of Intensive Courses Abroad (ICA) such as Drexel Fashion Break in South Korea: Korean Fashion Industry. Upon graduation, students show their collections in the annual fashion show.   

For more information about this major, visit the College's Fashion Design page.

Degree Requirements 

General education requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
ENVS 160Environment in the News2.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
GEO 111Natural Disasters3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and humanities-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Required Social science-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Free electives24.0
Visual studies requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
VSST 113Figure Drawing for Fashion3.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
VSST 304Materials Exploration4.0
Select one of the following Multimedia courses:4.0
Multimedia: Performance
Multimedia: Space
Multimedia: Materials
Fashion design requirements
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 211Fashion Drawing I3.0
FASH 212Fashion Drawing II3.0
FASH 230Textiles for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 241Construction Skills4.0
FASH 310Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 311Textile Design3.0
FASH 313Fashion Drawing for Industry3.0
FASH 314Fashion Presentation Drawing3.0
FASH 315Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking3.0
or FASH 316 Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design
FASH 341Flat Pattern Design4.0
FASH 342Draping Design4.0
FASH 343Tailoring4.0
FASH 349Fashion Design I4.0
FASH 350Fashion Design II4.0
FASH 351Fashion Design III4.0
FASH 352Fashion Design IV4.0
FASH 464Professional Portfolio3.0
FASH 491Collection I4.0
FASH 492Collection II3.0
Total Credits183.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plans of Study 

Standard Plan

(See below for Study Abroad plan of study)

Term 1Credits
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
FASH 201Survey of the Fashion Industry3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
FASH 241Construction Skills4.0
GEO 111Natural Disasters3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENVS 160Environment in the News2.0
FASH 341Flat Pattern Design4.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 113Figure Drawing for Fashion3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
FASH 211Fashion Drawing I3.0
FASH 310Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 342Draping Design4.0
VSST 304Materials Exploration4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
FASH 212Fashion Drawing II3.0
FASH 230Textiles for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 311Textile Design3.0
FASH 349Fashion Design I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
FASH 313Fashion Drawing for Industry3.0
FASH 350Fashion Design II4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Performance 
Multimedia: Materials 
Multimedia: Space 
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire3.0
FASH 315Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking (or elective)3.0
FASH 343Tailoring4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I3.0
FASH 314Fashion Presentation Drawing3.0
FASH 351Fashion Design III4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
FASH 352Fashion Design IV4.0
FASH 464Professional Portfolio3.0
Free elective 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
FASH 316Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design (or elective)3.0
FASH 491Collection I4.0
Free elective 3.0
Social science elective 3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 12
FASH 492Collection II3.0
Free electives 12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 183.0

Study Abroad

Term 1Credits
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
FASH 201Survey of the Fashion Industry3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
FASH 241Construction Skills4.0
GEO 111Natural Disasters3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENVS 160Environment in the News2.0
FASH 341Flat Pattern Design4.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 113Figure Drawing for Fashion3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
FASH 211Fashion Drawing I3.0
FASH 310Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 342Draping Design4.0
VSST 304Materials Exploration4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
FASH 212Fashion Drawing II3.0
FASH 230Textiles for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 311Textile Design3.0
FASH 349Fashion Design I4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
FASH 313Fashion Drawing for Industry3.0
FASH 350Fashion Design II4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Performance 
Multimedia: Materials 
Multimedia: Space 
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Free elective12.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire3.0
FASH 343Tailoring4.0
FASH 315Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking (or elective)3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I3.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
FASH 314Fashion Presentation Drawing3.0
FASH 351Fashion Design III4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
FASH 352Fashion Design IV4.0
FASH 464Professional Portfolio3.0
Social science elective3.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
FASH 491Collection I4.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
FASH 316Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design (or elective)3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
FASH 492Collection II3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 183.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Drexel Co-op is a renowned collegiate program. Students spend a minimum of 6 months either in the US or abroad where they can apply their skills in the challenging and exciting fashion industry. Areas of opportunity include garment design, concept design, product development, production, textile design, costume design, technical design, CAD, publishing, curatorial work, promotion and marketing. During the cooperative education program students apply their industry knowledge and gain experience in the diverse, fast paced global world of fashion. Students forge long lasting relationships with alumni and other industry professionals.

Co-op Experiences

Some past co-op employers of fashion design students include: 

  • A Wish Come True, Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Abercrombie & Fitch, Ohio
  • Alice & Olivia, New York
  • Althea Harper, New York
  • Amsale, New York
  • Austin Scarlett, New York
  • Australian Internships - Bec & Bridge
  • Badgley Mischka, New York
  • Beijing Yu Wen Hua Apparel Company
  • BCBG Max Azria, California
  • Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Equatorial Guinea
  • Blazina International, Philadelphia
  • Calvin Klein, New York
  • Centric Brands, New York
  • Charlotte Ronson, New York
  • Chico's FAS, Inc., Ft. Meyers Fl
  • Christian Soriano, New York
  • Costume Design- brittany Ann Cormack, Santa Monica, CA
  • Dennis Basso/Stallion Inc.,New York
  • Derek Lam, New York
  • Destination Maternity Corporation, Moorestown, NJ
  • Dew E Dew Concept Company, South Korea
  • DYLANLEX, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elite Sportswear, L.P., Reading, PA
  • Elie Tahari, New York
  • Elixir Fashion Apparel & Alicia Lee Designs, China
  • For Love and Lemons, Los Angeles, CA
  • Gelmart International, New York
  • Hanky Panky, LTD, New York
  • Haute Hippie, New York
  • Heidi Merrick, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jill Stuart International, New York
  • Joe Fresh, New York
  • Jordache Enterprises, New York
  • Junko Yoshioka, New York
  • Komar, Jersey City, NJ
  • Lewuxing Culture Communication Co., Ltd., China
  • Lillie Designs/ Lillie Couture, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lilly Pulitzer, Greater Philadelphia Area
  • LL Bean, Freeport, ME
  • Lori Coulter, LLC, St. Louis, MO
  • Maggie Norris Couture, New York
  • Marchesa, New York, NY
  • Marios Schwab Ltd., London, UK
  • Michael Kors, New York
  • Milly LLC, New York
  • Naeem Khan LTD, New York
  • Nanette Lepore,New York
  • Nation Design, New York
  • Ohne Titel, New York
  • PARIGI Group, Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Parker, New York
  • Peter Pilotto, London, UK
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Priscilla Costa, Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Rockport, West Newton, MA
  • Sally Lapointe, New York
  • Shehu, Philadelphia, PA
  • Shima Seiki USA, Inc., South New Jersey
  • Shoshanna, New York
  • SOTU Productions, New York
  • Thakoon, New York
  • The Mews Bridal, London, England
  • The Tailory, Philadelphia, PA
  • Timo Weiland, New York
  • Top Hat Formal Wear, Puerto Rico
  • Triam International Limited, Kowloon Hong Kong
  • Ulla Johnson, New York
  • Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia, PA
  • Veda, New York
  • VF Sportswear, New York
  • Walter Baker, New York
  • Yes Master for IMAGO Creations, Ltd, Middlesex, UK
  • Yumi Kim, New York
  • Zac Posen, New York

 Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is located in the new URBN Center at 3501 Market Street in Philadelphia. The URBN Center is a 140,000 square foot state-of-the art facility where the Fashion Design studios are located on the 3rd floor.

Classes are held in fully equipped studios for design and construction, pattern drafting, CAD design, 3-D garment simulation, and textile design including a dedicated senior and graduate design studio. Other studios on the 3rd floor include a specialty equipment lab, computer lab, knitwear studio, a fabric dying and research lab, fashion drawing studio, and the Charles Evans Library. In our state of the art knitwear lab, students have access to Shima Seiki's  computerized flat knitting machine, and APEX Design Systems. 

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC), currently estimated to hold more than 12,000 objects, is located on the first floor and is an invaluable library, archive, gallery and educational tool for our students as well as scholars, historians, artists and designers in the national and international community. Also located on the first floor is the Hybrid Making Lab. This lab provides collaborative design and research opportunities both within Westphal College and University wide. The exCITe Center (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies), located next door at 3401 Market Street, welcomes students and faculty from across the University as well as the community.

The open environment of the URBN Center provides opportunity for collaboration with all of the programs at the Westphal College. Design & Merchandising is on the first floor, opposite the main lobby where work from all of the College’s students is regularly displayed. Digital Media, Animation & Visual Effects, Game Art & Production, Web Development & Interaction Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interiors, and Architecture’s studios and labs are also located in the URBN Center. The Center encourages anyone interested to schedule a visit to experience the creativity, technology, innovation and resulting excitement.   

Fashion Design Faculty

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) Director, Center for Functional Fabrics. Associate Professor. Industrial designer, wearable artist, new materials technology research.
Ann Gerondelis, AIA, IDSA (Georgia Institute of Technology) Design Department Head. Teaching Professor. Embodied perception and its relationship to the design of human experiences, from the scale of the built environment to objects that surround us.
Cynthia Golembuski, MS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Teaching Professor. Fashion designer, illustrator, computer aided design.
Roberta Gruber, MS (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Fashion designer and illustrator; wearable artist, merchandiser, special events.
Lisa Hayes, BFA (Syracuse University) Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product designer, pattern design, sustainability specialist.
Jaeyoon Jeong, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Owner/Designer Jaeyoon Jeong Collection
Autumn Kietponglert, MS (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Designer at Autumnlin Atelier. Creative technologies specialist.
Jackie Kilmartin, MS (University of the Sciences). Assistant Professor. Owner/designer Lillian Jackson Textiles, bio-medical textile engineer.
Hyun-Ah Kim, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Designer and design consultant
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) Program Director, Design & Merchandising. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product and business development, computer aided planning and design.
Elizabeth Quinn, MS (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Fashion designer. Sustainability specialist.
Clare Sauro, MA (Fashion Institute of Technology) Curator, Historic Costume Collection. Associate Teaching Professor. Costume history.
Giulia Sebring, Masters (Instituto Marangoni). Adjunct Professor. Designer.
Domenica Vinci, BS (Philadelphia University). Adjunct Professor. Designer at Off da Wall Graffiti
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