Students in the program develop a professional portfolio that includes traditional sketches, Computer Aided Design (CAD) sketches, and spec sheets as they are mentored by executives from top fashion companies including Disney, Mattel, GUESS Inc., Cotton Inc., and more. Field trips of top manufacturers and design studios are part of the curriculum, as are built-in internships for resume-building work experience.
Forever 21, Nordstrom, Target, Old Navy, Gap Inc., Quiksilver, Pacific Sunwear, and Volcom, Chinese Laundry, Monique Lhuillier, Mattel, Disney Resort, Guess?, G by Guess?, St. John Knits, Jones NY, Universal Studios, and JC Penney are just some of the companies that hire our Fashion Design program graduates.
Our Career Center has cultivated a database of thousands of employer contacts nationwide with the singular goal of providing industry-related internships and employment for our students and graduates throughout their careers.
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.
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.
Learn from the best. Work with a Designer on all aspects of design. Associate Designers develop a strong aesthetic and sketching ability for presentation boards. Also important: technical knowledge, communication skills, and fabric and trim sourcing skills.
Find creative solutions. Determine the most efficient method of producing a garment to fit a particular market and price point. This creative problem-solver must develop strong pattern making skills.
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.
Turn an idea into a reality. Responsible for creating and developing patterns for the designer’s line. Conceptualize an idea, whether it is your idea or the designer’s, and then see out the job from sketch to sewn product.
Be a leader. Oversee a design team and assure that all production tasks are completed. Responsible for improving the production process, educating a team about trends, and maintaining effective communication between the team and other members of the process.
Keep everyone on track. Manage the process from start to finish, concept to sales, and distribution. Have a vast knowledge of what is expected from each person on the team to ensure a smooth process, an obvious interest in fashion, strong business skills (which includes math), be analytical and work well under deadlines.