Fashion Design

Major: Fashion Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 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, students will explore the challenges facing our industry and learn how to implement inclusive, responsible, and 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 transdisciplinary 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 CLO-3D virtual garment simulation, CLO-3D pattern making, Shima Seiki Apex design technology, and automated knitwear machines. The Shima Seiki Fashion Knitting Lab, located on third floor of the URBN Center, 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 Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics 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 in this maker focused program.

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's Fashion Break in South Korea: Korean Fashion Industry. Upon graduation, students show their capstone senior thesis collections in the annual professional juried fashion show.

Additional Information

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 Development *1.0
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 314Contemporary Art 3.0
Required Art History-students elect a minimum of 6.0 additional ARTH credits6.0
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
or VSST 322 Printmaking I
VSST 304Materials Exploration4.0
Fashion Design requirements
ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to 18003.0
ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: 1800-19203.0
FASH 200Sustainable Practice in Fashion3.0
FASH 211Fashion Drawing I3.0
FASH 212Fashion Drawing II3.0
FASH 231Textile Science for Fashion Design3.0
FASH 241Construction Skills4.0
FASH 309Visual Communication in Fashion3.0
FASH 312Surface Design for Textiles3.0
FASH 314Fashion Portfolio I3.0
FASH 315Computer Aided Design for Patternmaking3.0
FASH 318Technical Design for Industry3.0
FASH 319Fashion Design in 3-D Space3.0
FASH 341Patternmaking I4.0
FASH 342Patternmaking II4.0
FASH 343Tailoring4.0
FASH 348Fashion Design I: Fabric to Form4.0
FASH 353Fashion Design II: Knitwear4.0
FASH 354Fashion Design III: Sustainable Design4.0
FASH 355Fashion Design IV: Collection Research & Development4.0
FASH 464Fashion Portfolio II3.0
FASH 491Collection I4.0
FASH 492Collection II3.0
Total Credits183.0

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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 

4 year, 1 coop (Fall/Winter)

First Year
ENVS 2603.0FASH 2414.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FASH 2003.0GEO 1113.0ENVS 1602.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0FASH 3414.0 
VSST 1014.0VSST 1024.0MATH 1194.0 
VSST 1103.0VSST 1113.0VSST 1034.0 
  VSST 1133.0 
 14 15 18 0
Second Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ARTH 3143.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0
FASH 2113.0COOP 1011.0FASH 3183.0VSST 301 or 3224.0
FASH 3093.0FASH 2123.0FASH 3534.0Arts and Humanities elective3.0
FASH 3424.0FASH 2313.0Art History elective3.0Social Science elective3.0
VSST 3044.0FASH 3123.0Free elective3.0 
 FASH 3484.0  
 17 17 16 13
Third Year
  FASH 3193.0FASH 3143.0
  FASH 3434.0FASH 3544.0
  Art History elective3.0Arts and Humanities elective3.0
  Arts and Humanities elective3.0 
 0 0 16 13
Fourth Year
FASH 3153.0FASH 4914.0FASH 4923.0 
FASH 3554.0Free electives6.0Free electives12.0 
FASH 4643.0Social Science elective3.0  
Free elective3.0   
Social Science elective3.0   
 16 13 15 
Total Credits 183

4 year, 1 coop (Spring/Summer)

First Year
ENVS 2603.0FASH 2414.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FASH 2003.0GEO 1113.0ENVS 1602.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0FASH 3414.0 
VSST 1014.0VSST 1024.0MATH 1194.0 
VSST 1103.0VSST 1113.0VSST 1034.0 
  VSST 1133.0 
 14 15 18 0
Second Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ARTH 3143.0COOP 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0
FASH 2113.0FASH 2123.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0VSST 301 or 3224.0
FASH 3093.0FASH 2313.0FASH 3183.0Art and Humanities elective3.0
FASH 3424.0FASH 3123.0FASH 3534.0Social Science elective3.0
VSST 3044.0FASH 3484.0Art History elective3.0 
  Free elective3.0 
 17 16 17 13
Third Year
FASH 3193.0FASH 3143.0  
FASH 3434.0FASH 3544.0  
Art History elective3.0Arts and Humanities elective3.0  
Arts and Humanities elective3.0   
 16 13 0 0
Fourth Year
FASH 3554.0FASH 4914.0FASH 4923.0 
FASH 4643.0FASH 3153.0Free electives12.0 
Free electives6.0Free elective3.0  
Social Science elective3.0Social Science elective3.0  
 16 13 15 
Total Credits 183

4 year, 1 coop: Study Abroad (Spring/Summer)

First Year
ENVS 2603.0FASH 2414.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
FASH 2003.0GEO 1113.0ENVS 1602.0 
UNIV A1011.0UNIV A1011.0FASH 3414.0 
VSST 1014.0VSST 1024.0MATH 1194.0 
VSST 1103.0VSST 1113.0VSST 1034.0 
  VSST 1133.0 
 14 15 18 0
Second Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ARTH 3143.0COOP 1011.0STUDY ABROAD
FASH 2113.0FASH 2123.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Free electives12.0
FASH 3093.0FASH 2313.0FASH 3183.0 
FASH 3424.0FASH 3123.0FASH 3534.0 
VSST 3044.0FASH 3484.0Art History elective3.0 
 17 16 14 12
Third Year
FASH 3193.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0  
FASH 3434.0FASH 3143.0  
Art History elective3.0FASH 3544.0  
Arts and Humanities elective3.0Arts and Humanities elective3.0  
 16 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FASH 3554.0FASH 3153.0FASH 4923.0 
FASH 4643.0FASH 4914.0Free electives9.0 
Arts and Humanities elective3.0VSST 301 or 3224.0Social Science elective3.0 
Free elective3.0Social Science elective3.0  
Social Science elective3.0   
 16 14 15 
Total Credits 183

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Drexel Co-op is a renowned collegiate program. Students spend a minimum of six 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
  • BODE, New York
  • 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
  • Faherty Brand, New York
  • 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
  • Lela Rose, New York
  • 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 Haute Tech Lab, Center for Functional Fabrics, 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.


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 third 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 third 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 Shima Seiki Fashion Knitting Lab is located on the third floor of the URBN Center. The Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, located at 3101 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

Danielle Claassen, MS (Drexel University). Fashion Laboratory Technician and Instructor Owner/Designer Neutral States Clothing, Knitwear specialist
Kathrine Cox, BFA (Rhode Island School of Design). Adjunct Professor. Fashion Designer at Free People. Print Surface Design Specialist.
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.
Liz Goldberg, MFA (Pratt Institute). Adjunct Professor. Artist, painter and animator
Cynthia Golembuski, MS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Fashion Design. Teaching Professor. Fashion designer, illustrator, computer aided design.
Lisa Hayes, BFA (Syracuse University) Program Director, Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product designer, pattern design, sustainability specialist.
Ali Howell Abolo, PhD (Oregon State University) Program Director Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Researcher, social scientist; fashion, and culture.
Jaeyoon Jeong, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Owner/Designer Jaeyoon Jeong Collection, 3D garment simulation and patternmaking.
Jackie Kilmartin, MS (University of the Sciences). Assistant Professor. Owner/designer Lillian Jackson Textiles, bio-medical textile engineer, Shima Seiki Knitwear Specialist
Hyun-Ah Kim, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Professor. Designer and design consultant, CAD pattern maker and design consultant
Kathi Martin, MSIS (Drexel University) Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Fashion Design. Professor. Fashion and textile designer; textile artist; CAD and 3D garment simulation, best practices online databases and graphic interfaces for fashion and historic costume, virtual characters for fashion design.
Domenica Vinci, BS (Philadelphia University). Adjunct Professor. Fashion Designer at Off da Wall Graffiti

Emeritus Faculty

Roberta Gruber, MS (Drexel University). Associate Professor Emeritus. Fashion designer and illustrator; wearable artist, merchandiser, special events.
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