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Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

Overview

The goal of the Elie Saab Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design is to provide for the development of inspiring artifacts in various fashion fields in response to different cultural settings. The program offers a comprehensive range of courses that foster creativity and expand students’ educational, cultural and artistic knowledge and skills. The program also develops students’ practical training in design, in addition to developing their knowledge of management of design products in a globalized world.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design is to educate designers to engage various design tasks with versatility, to develop their conceptual skills as synthesizers of different influences and cultural trends, and to cater for the fashion needs of evolving contexts, with social and environmental awareness. This program is offered in collaboration with ELIE SAAB and the London College of Fashion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in fashion design, students will be able to:

  1. research, analyze and interpret fashion trends to design and produce successful fashion products in a constantly evolving field,
  2. engage in aesthetic experiments that negotiate between abstract concepts and critical inquiry,
  3. propose innovative fashion products of diverse types for various contexts, and especially for regional markets,
  4. operate in multidisciplinary environments that bring together consultancy, manufacture, production, and business expertise,
  5. design with ecological awareness in a world of limited resources, and
  6. serve the community as sensitive leaders guided by ethical, social and moral values.

Curriculum

A total of 130 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:

  • Foundation Requirements (25 credits)
  • Program Core Requirements (69 credits)
  • Fashion Design Electives (6 credits)
  • LAC Core Requirement (12 credits)
  • LAC Electives (18 credits)

A senior project is required of all students in addition to successful completion of the course of study.

Foundation Requirements (25 credits)

Program Core Requirements (69 credits)

  • FAS250 Introduction to Practice and Process (3 cr.)
  • FAS251 Thematic Workshop I (1 cr.)
  • FAS331 Fashion Design I (5 cr.)
  • FAS332 Fashion Design II (5 cr.)
  • FAS341 Construction I (3 cr.)
  • FAS342 Construction II (3 cr.)
  • FAS361 Pattern Cutting I (4 cr.)
  • FAS362 Pattern Cutting II (4 cr.)
  • FAS371 Fashion History and Theory (3 cr.)
  • FAS431 Fashion Design III (5 cr.)
  • FAS441 Construction III (3 cr.)
  • FAS461 Pattern Cutting III (4 cr.)
  • FAS521 Fashion Entrepreneurship I (2 cr.)
  • FAS522 Fashion Entrepreneurship II (2 cr.)
  • FAS523 Fashion Entrepreneurship III (1 cr.)
  • FAS531 Fashion Collection I (5 cr.)
  • FAS532 Fashion Collection II (5 cr.)
  • FAS541 Construction IV (3 cr.)
  • FAS551 Thematic Workshop II (1 cr.)
  • FAS561 Pattern Cutting IV (4 cr.)
  • FAS581 Internship (3 cr.)

Fashion Apprenticeship (2 credits)

Fashion Design Electives (6 credits)

  • FAS421 Lingerie & Swimwear (3 cr.)
  • FAS422 Textile Design (3 cr.)
  • FAS423 Leatherwear Design (3 cr.)
  • FAS424 Sportswear Design (3 cr.)

Art Elective (3 credits)

  • ART211 Ceramics I (3 cr.)
  • ART334 Graphics (3 cr.)
  • ART341 Painting I (3 cr.)
  • ART351 Sculpture I (3 cr.)
  • PFA210 Western Music Appreciation (3 cr.)
  • PFA244 Stage Production & Design (3 cr.)
  • PFA310 Theatre in Performance (3 cr.)
  • PHO212 Photography II (3 cr.)
  • PHO222 Digital Photography I (3 cr.)
  • TVF222 Introduction to Audiovisual Media (3 cr.)

Recommended Study Plan

Year One

Fall

Spring

Summer (7 credits)

  • FAS250 Introduction to Practice & Process (3 cr.)
  • FAS251 Thematic Workshop I (1 cr.)
  • LAC (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (18 credits)

  • FAS331 Fashion Design I (5 cr.)
  • FAS341 Construction I (3 cr.)
  • FAS361 Pattern Cutting I (4 cr.)
  • FAS371 History of Fashion Design I (3 cr.)
  • LAC (3 cr.)

Spring (18 credits)

  • LAC (6 cr.)
  • FAS332 Fashion Design II (5 cr.)
  • FAS342 Construction II (3 cr.)
  • FAS362 Pattern Cutting II (4 cr.)

Summer (7 credits)

  • Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAC (4 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (16 credits)

  • FAS431 Fashion Design III (5 cr.)
  • FAS441 Construction III (3 cr.)
  • FAS461 Pattern Cutting III (4 cr.)
  • Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAC (1 cr.)

Spring (3 credits)

  • FAS581 Fashion Internship (3 cr.)

Summer (7 credits)

  • LAC (7 cr.)

Year Four

Fall (15 credits)

  • FAS521 Fashion Entrepreneurship I (2 cr.)
  • FAS531 Fashion Collection I (5 cr.)
  • FAS541 Construction IV (3 cr.)
  • FAS551 Thematic Workshop II (1 cr.)
  • FAS561 Pattern Cutting IV (4 cr.)

Spring (14 credits)

  • FAS522 Fashion Entrepreneurship II (2 cr.)
  • FAS523 Fashion Entrepreneurship III (1 cr.)
  • FAS532 Fashion Collection II (5 cr.)
  • LAC (6 cr.)