Fashion Design - B.F.A.

College of the Arts
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
226 Rockwell Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-3010
FashionSchool@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/fashion


Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design integrates conceptual, technical and production design knowledge and skills, leading to a synthesis of the design process from concept to production. These processes include color, design and trend research; technical sketching and rendered illustration; pattern-making and garment construction; analysis of appropriate fit and fabric selection; and the ability to communicate specifications for production using industry standards appropriate to specific markets.

The B.F.A. degree in Fashion Design prepares students for professional careers by developing technical competency, creative/independent problem solving and conceptual understanding necessary for the challenges of a career in the creative industries. Students in both degree programs will be required to develop portfolios for presentation at industry interviews and are prepared to be strongly competitive for any entry-level design position in the industry.

Prior to senior year, fashion design students will select to complete either the B.A. or B.F.A. degree.

The B.F.A. degree in Fashion Design engages students in a focused-study thesis project (collection development) as a capstone experience that results in submitting their collection for formal review by faculty and industry designer-critics, followed by public presentation in a fashion venue.

Study Abroad/Away Requirement

The School of Fashion Design and Merchandising requires all students to participate in a study abroad/away experience, which includes opportunities to study for a semester at its NYC studio and Florence campus, as well as through collaborative partnership programs with the Paris American Academy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regent's University in London. For more information visit the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising website or contact the Office of Global Education.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective.

Students who do not meet the academic criteria for admission into the Fashion Design degree program will not be accepted but may be eligible for admission to the Pre-Fashion Design and Merchandising non-degree major (PFDM).

Students who do not meet the academic criteria may initiate the process for declaring the fashion design major (B.A. Fashion Design) after completing at least 12 credit hours of non developmental coursework at Kent State University with a overall GPA of 2.750.

Freshman Students: Applicants must have at least a 3.000 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or a SAT combined critical reading+math score of 980).

Courses for fashion design typically begin in the fall of each academic year, and the curriculum requires eight semesters of study; therefore, students admitted to the fashion design program can expect at least four years of study from the time they begin the coursework in their major.

Transfer Students: To be considered for admission, transfer applicants need at least a 2.750 overall GPA based on 24 or more credit hours of college-level coursework at an accredited institution. Those students meeting this GPA requirement but with less than 24 credit hours will be evaluated as new freshmen.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fashion industry.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of fashion products and services.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of fashion markets.
  4. Demonstrate skills appropriate for designing within the fashion industry.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of technology applicable to design within the fashion industry.
  6. Articulate conceptual and critical thinking applicable to design in the fashion industry.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the fashion design industry through visual, oral, and written forms.
  8. Demonstrate research processes and practices employed in the fashion design industry.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of the fashion design industry through reflective experiential learning.
 
 
 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
FDM 10010FASHION FUNDAMENTALS 3
FDM 10023FASHION VISUALS 1
FDM 10024FASHION VISUALS LABORATORY 2
FDM 10033FASHION FABRICS 1
FDM 10034FASHION FABRICS LABORATORY 2
FDM 10053INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY 1
FDM 10054INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 2
FDM 10140FOUNDATIONS OF FASHION DRAWING 3
FDM 15055BASICS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION 3
FDM 20013HISTORY OF COSTUME 3
FDM 20050FASHION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS 3
FDM 20121FASHION DRAWING I 3
FDM 20122FASHION DRAWING II 3
FDM 20153FLAT PATTERN 3
FDM 20154DRAPING 3
FDM 35010CONTEMPORARY FASHION DESIGNERS (WIC) 13
FDM 40121FASHION PORTFOLIO I 3
FDM 40122FASHION PORTFOLIO II 3
FDM 40099SENIOR FASHION DESIGN THESIS I (ELR) 6
FDM 40199SENIOR FASHION DESIGN THESIS II (ELR) 3
FDM 45292INTERNSHIP IN FASHION DESIGN (ELR) 3
Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Electives11
Fashion Study Away Requirement 2
Fashion Design Studio I Electives, choose from the following:6
FASHION DESIGN STUDIO I
FLORENCE FASHION DESIGN STUDIO I
NEW YORK CITY FASHION DESIGN STUDIO I
Fashion Design Studio II Electives, choose from the following:6
FASHION DESIGN STUDIO II
FLORENCE FASHION DESIGN STUDIO II
NEW YORK CITY DESIGN STUDIO II
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
Algebra and Calculus Electives, choose from the following:3-4
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR)
INTUITIVE CALCULUS (KMCR)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

 A minimum C grade must be earned in to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Students are required to participate in a study away opportunity. Students must have minimum 2.500 overall GPA to participate in this study away requirement. Choose from the following: FDM 30171; FDM 30172, FDM 30181; FDM 30182; FDM 35070; FDM 35080; FDM 35901; FDM 35902; FDM 35903; FDM 35904; FDM 35905; FDM 45392; FDM 45492; FDM 45592.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.500
  • Minimum 2.500 overall GPA required for internship.
  • Minimum 2.500 overall GPA required for study away requirement.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
!FDM 10010 FASHION FUNDAMENTALS 3
FDM 10023 FASHION VISUALS 1
FDM 10024 FASHION VISUALS LABORATORY 2
FDM 15055 BASICS OF APPAREL CONSTRUCTION 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
!FDM 10033 FASHION FABRICS 1
!FDM 10034 FASHION FABRICS LABORATORY 2
FDM 10053 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY 1
FDM 10054 INTRODUCTION TO FASHION TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 2
FDM 10140 FOUNDATIONS OF FASHION DRAWING 3
Algebra or Calculus Electives 3-4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!FDM 20121 FASHION DRAWING I 3
FDM 20050 FASHION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS 3
FDM 20153 FLAT PATTERN 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!FDM 20013 HISTORY OF COSTUME 3
!FDM 20122 FASHION DRAWING II 3
FDM 20154 DRAPING 3
Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Electives 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
FDM 35010 CONTEMPORARY FASHION DESIGNERS (WIC) 3
!Fashion Design Studio I Electives 6
Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!Fashion Design Studio II Electives 6
Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Electives 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Third Summer Term
FDM 45292 INTERNSHIP IN FASHION DESIGN (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours3
Semester Seven
!FDM 40121 FASHION PORTFOLIO I 3
!FDM 40099 SENIOR FASHION DESIGN THESIS I (ELR) 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!FDM 40122 FASHION PORTFOLIO II 3
!FDM 40199 SENIOR FASHION DESIGN THESIS II (ELR) 3
Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120