Through capstone studio courses, students explore design strategies, trends, visual image, and identity, as they articulate design concepts for real-world application and target customers, developing a world-class portfolio of work.
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Apparel Business Owner
Create your own clothing line. Own and operate a clothing line or related business and oversee every aspect of the company from the vision to marketing and production.
Predict the future. Be the go-to person and main resource for style alerts, seasonal predictions, and up-and-coming designers. Good forecasters are aware of current trends and declining trends by paying close attention to fashion outlets such as the movie and music industry, magazines, blogs, and runway. You'll hone your creative skills to brainstorm new patterns, textures, and themes.
Create haute new looks. Design at least four lines each year, traveling to exciting fashion markets around the world - think Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Oversee all aspects of the design room, including concepts, sketches, fabrics, and trends.
Create and lead. Conceptualize and design solutions from concept to completion. Direct the work of one or more designers on a Design Team who create for a category of business or a complete collection.
Provide a creative vision. Lead a Design Team in developing designs that match your creative vision. Design Directors have strong merchandising knowledge and an ability to communicate with the Sales Team, along with essential technical skills and fabric sourcing knowledge.