Fashion Studies

Start your career in the fashion industry

Look at what you are wearing right now. All apparel must be created by someone who has knowledge of color, fabric and style and can visualize the design, construct the finished garment and bring it to the market in order to entice someone like you to purchase it.

Harper's Fashion Studies Program offers courses in construction, pattern making and design, textiles, illustration, visual merchandising, and trend forecasting. You will receive real-world experience through the Annual Student Fashion Show. The event features students’ original work, and Studio V: A professional, student-run boutique offering locally designed work jewelry, fashion items, accessories, sculpture, art and original pieces.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. This is one degree with different areas of specialization. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Continue your education

Harper offers transfer guides to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional coursework.

Flexible program options

Resources

Next steps

For more information about starting your fashion studies at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Fashion Studies News

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"I am determined to cultivate my own ethical and sustainable channel of production, focusing on the betterment of women of color.” - Oyikansola "Sol" Akinola Read More

Students work in the Harper College Makerspace

Harper College’s new Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors and engineers to pursue their creative passions and bring their ideas to life by building a vibrant and engaging platform of tools, community, programming and mentoring. Read More

HOPE Giving Circle scholarship recipients Ariana Herrera, Sol Akinola, Alex Aleksandrov and Aleska Schwartz

The Harper College Educational Foundation's HOPE Giving Circle at a reception last week awarded $10,000 scholarships to four deserving students, bringing the total amount awarded to $100,000 for 10 young women since the group’s inception. Read More

Front-facing photo of Harper College fashion program alumna Kim Scanlan

For Harper College fashion program alumna Kim Scanlan, the road to fashion designer began when her Girl Scout troop visited Harper’s fashion department. Read More

Darren Buchanan

Darren Buchanan is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Gap Fashion Scholarship Fund and the 2016-2017 Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Read More