Fashion Design Degree

Get hands-on training in fashion design and entrepreneurship

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  • Clothing design
  • Pattern design
  • Fashion retail
  • Style consulting

Prepare for a career in the fashion design industry with this degree program. Choose from two distinctive tracts, fashion design and fashion entrepreneurship, to customize the program to best fit your individual needs and interests. Working alongside expert instructors, you’ll develop entry-level skills in the fashion design or fashion entrepreneurship industry.

Classes may include apparel textile design, flat pattern design, draping, fashion illustrating, sewing methods, professional design room practices, costume history, fashion forecasting, global sourcing apparel, promotion of fashion and more.

Harper College’s academic facilities simulate the professional atmosphere of the fashion industry. Gain real-world experience by participating in the annual Student Fashion Show, which features original student work. Harper is also home to Studio V, a professional student-run boutique offering locally designed apparel, jewelry, accessories, sculpture, art and other original pieces. A Jury Show allows you to showcase your work and receive critiques from industry professionals. You can also participate in the Harper’s Bizarre Fashion Club, along with dozens of other student organizations.

Program learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • apply appropriate terminology in construction, design, historical and technical areas.
  • demonstrate mastery of design principles and elements.
  • develop and execute illustrated designs in multiple techniques.
  • execute design development in multiple fabrics and styles.
  • apply both drafting and draping techniques in garment design.
  • complete garment details with appropriate construction techniques.
  • develop basic patterns using computer-aided design.
  • demonstrate knowledge of fashion's response to cultural,scientific and technological advances.
  • locate the resources necessary to determine current trends in color, silhouette and fabrics.
  • demonstrate ability to work independently and/or as a member of a diverse team.

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Next steps

For more information about earning a fashion design degree, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.