Fashion Design

Learn to create your own unique vision

Launching a career as a Fashion Designer takes equal parts dedication, real-world experience, and the guiding hand of talented industry professionals.

Learn the hands-on, technical skills such as fashion sketching, creative design, draping, and pattern drafting, along with the theoretical skills necessary to succeed in this incredibly creative and exciting field.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Accurately sketch a fashion figure, fabric, and garment.
  • Employ fashion theories, historical perspective, and elements and principles of design throughout the creative process.
  • Create original collections for both domestic and global markets.
  • Use relevant techniques in draping, patternmaking, and garment construction for professional projects.
  • Utilize fashion industry technology and software effectively.
  • Employ business practices in the fashion and textile industry.


It's simple really: FIDM offers a truly unique career-oriented and reality-based Fashion Design program taught by industry professionals. The program teaches students how to develop their own unique vision.

Executives from fashion companies such as Juicy Couture, Guess Inc., Cotton, Inc., Mattel™, and Disney are guest speakers and mentors for Fashion Design students.

We utilize the latest state-of-the-industry software and technologies in our Fashion Design Labs, where Project Runway: Season 6 was filmed.

Students leave the program with a portfolio that includes traditional sketches, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) sketches, and specification sheets.

It's rewarding pulling all-nighters to get the work finished. When students come to class unshowered and wearing yesterday's clothes because they're so determined to get the work done - this sets us apart from other people who want to work in this crazy industry." -- Andrew Denali Stewart, Fashion Design Student.

A Closer Look

The Fashion Design Program prepares students for careers in Fashion Design for the Apparel Industry. The curriculum stimulates creative expression in all aspects of Fashion Design, including fashion sketching, creative design, computer applications, draping, and pattern drafting.

Students will understand the importance of communication and critical reasoning and the effect they have on this diversified and global industry. The program is structured to challenge and inspire students by incorporating artistic, technical, and theoretical elements into a realistic approach to the Fashion Design Industry.

For important information about the completion rate, educational debt, and earnings of students who attended this program, click here.