Fashion Design Program Purpose:
Fashion Design is a comprehensive Applied Design program combining the study of design, textiles, clothing concepts and business.
This program includes the study of apparel design and construction; historical costume as design inspiration; the business of fashion retailing; visual merchandising; and computer based design for manufactured apparel. Students participate in research and display of vintage apparel to illustrate how cultural, social and economic influences impact clothing choices and fashions.
The program is designed to provide both classroom and studio work with an on-the-job work experience in area businesses. The learning experience goes beyond the classroom and includes fashion show production, fashion events, community service projects, field trips, and a historical clothing project with the Masquer’s Historic Costume Collections, an extensive collection of authentic apparel from north central West Virginia from the years 1840-1975.
Opportunities in Fashion Design:
Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue entry-level careers in the fashion design business. Such careers include those of apparel buyer at the retail and wholesale level; fashion department and fashion boutique managers; visual fashion merchandisers (including window displays); bridal consultants; and independent apparel shop owners. In addition to strong job prospects, competitive salaries also await Fashion graduates; typical starting annual salaries range from $22-30,000.