Fashion Design

Major: Fashion Design
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 63.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0407
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-1022

About the Program

The MS in Fashion Design is a full-time program that stresses the development of the aesthetic and philosophical concepts of fashion design and the technical skills to support research and experimentation in these concepts. 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 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. The curriculum is structured 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; traditional and current fashion technology; the discipline of drawing; and the making of art. A required industry internship affords the graduate student direct experience in a workplace of their choice.This comprehensive approach provides the 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 Design includes art historians, CAD specialists, designers, fiber artists, merchandising specialists, new materials and processes researchers, 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. Drexel students can participate in the activities of the Fashion Group of Philadelphia, the local chapter of an international fashion industry organization. The Fox Historic Costume Collection, a rich resource of inspiration, is located in the URBN Center. Philadelphia has many fine museums and galleries and is an affordable bus ride to New York City. Students are encouraged to attend local and regional fashion events.

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 24.0 credits in design, drawing, and art history in addition to 20.0 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 343Tailoring4.0
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 504Materials Exploration3.0
FASH 510Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 511Textile Design3.0
FASH 514Fashion Presentation3.0
FASH 515Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking3.0
FASH 516Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 528Draping Design3.0
FASH 529Fashion Design I3.0
FASH 530Fashion Design II3.0
FASH 531Fashion Design III3.0
FASH 532Fashion Drawing for Industry3.0
FASH 543Tailoring3.0
FASH 550Fashion Design IV3.0
FASH 600Fashion Industry Internship0.0
FASH 666Business of Fashion3.0
FASH 633Couture Techniques3.0
FASH 664Professional Portfolio3.0
FASH 685Collection I3.0
FASH 686Collection II3.0
FASH 699Comprehensive 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

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
FASH 504Materials Exploration3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
FASH 510Presentation Techniques3.0
FASH 528Draping Design3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
FASH 529Fashion Design I3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
FASH 530Fashion Design II3.0
FASH 532Fashion Drawing for Industry3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
FASH 511Textile Design3.0
FASH 543Tailoring3.0
FASH 514Fashion Presentation3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 6
ARTH 530History of Modern Design3.0
FASH 516Computer Aided Design for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 531Fashion Design III3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 7
FASH 550Fashion Design IV3.0
FASH 664Professional Portfolio3.0
FASH 666Business of Fashion3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 8
FASH 515Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking3.0
FASH 633Couture Techniques3.0
FASH 685Collection I3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 9
FASH 686Collection II3.0
FASH 699Comprehensive Examination in Fashion Design0.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 63.0

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.

Fashion Design Faculty

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) Director, Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, ExCITe Center. Associate Professor. Industrial designer, wearable artist, new materials technology research.
Cynthia Golembuski, MS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Teaching Professor. Fashion designer, illustrator, computer aided design.
Roberta Gruber, MS (Drexel University) Head of the Department of Design. Associate Professor. Fashion designer and illustrator; wearable artist, merchandiser, special events.
Lisa L. Hayes, BFA (Syracuse University) Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product designer, pattern design.
Jaeyoon Jeong, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Owner/Designer Jaeyoon Jeong Collection
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.
Clare Sauro, MA (Fashion Institute of Technology) Curator, Historic Costume Collection. Associate Teaching Professor. Costume history.
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