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Fashion Programs

Fashion: the Fusion of Design and Business

The Fashion Program emphasizes creativity and experimentation, while offering students the opportunity to develop a broad set of basic skills in design language, technical skills, and fashion business. These skills are fundamentals for employment in the fashion industry.

Key content includes an overview of the fashion industry, product making, design foundations, textile materials, historical context, fashion business, and opportunities to build skill in a cognate area, such as fashion design, jewelry design, or buying, planning and forecasting.

Opportunities exist for an applied international fashion experience and a study away in New York City.

You must complete an application for the fashion programs! Admission to the Fashion Minor and Fashion Co-Major is limited and by application only. You can apply as early as your second semester at Miami. In general, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be considered for admission, but simply having the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission.

The Fall 2017 application deadline is noon on Friday, September 29. Admission decisions will be released by October 13.

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Fashion Minor | 21 Credit Hours

The minor in Fashion emphasizes creativity and experimentation, and offers students the opportunity to develop basic skills in product making, fashion business decision-making, historical contexts, materials, and design foundations.

Program Requirements

Introduction to the Fashion Industry (3 credits)

FAS 101 Introduction to the Fashion Industry (3)

Making | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 150 Special Topics Fashion Sprints (1.5)
FAS 201
 Apparel Construction (3) 

Alternatives for FAS 201:
ART 145 + ART 146
THE 205 + THE 253

FAS 211 Draping for Fashion Design (3)
FAS 212 Flat Pattern Drafting for Fashion Design (3)
ART 165 Beginning Metals (1.5)
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals (3)
THE 450 Patterning & Draping (4)

Fashion Business | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 451 Fashion Retail Planning & Buying (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101]
FAS 463
 Fashion Trend Forecasting (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101]
MKT 291
 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT 461
 Principles of Retailing (3) [Prerequisite: MKT 291]

History | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 281 Contemporary Fashion History (3)
ART 189 History of Western Dress (3)
ART 233 Global Perspectives on Dress (3)

Materials (3 credits)

FAS 221 Textiles for Fashion (3)

ARCH+ID students only may substitute ARC 419 for FAS 221

Design Foundations (3 credits)

FAS 241 Fashion Design Elements and Principles (3)

Alternatives for FAS 241:
ARC 101 + ARC 113
ARC 105 + ARC 113
ARC 105 + ART 102
ART 111 + ART 102

Fashion Electives | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 332 Fashion Illustration (3)
FAS 340 Fashion Internship (0-3)
FAS 360 Fashion and Digital Tools (3)
FAS 450 Advanced Special Topics in Fashion (3)
ART 104 Problem Solving (1.5)
ART 106 Introduction to Figure Drawing (1.5)
ART 121 Observational Drawing (3)
ART 335 Arts of West Africa (3)
ART 350 Illustration (3)
ART/IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools (3)
IMS 319 Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3)
JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism (3)
STC 259 Intro to Strategic Communication and Public Relations (3)

or any class in the Minor not yet taken

Fashion Co-Major | 37-41 Credit Hours

The co-major in Fashion emphasizes creativity and experimentation, and offers students the opportunity to develop basic skills in product making, fashion business decision-making, historical contexts, materials, design foundations, and the opportunity to build skill depth in one of three option areas: fashion corporate business, fashion design, or fashion entrepreneurship.

Co-major Core (21 Credit Hours)

Introduction to the Fashion Industry (3 credits)

FAS 101 Introduction to the Fashion Industry (3)

Making | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 150 Special Topics Fashion Sprints (1.5)
FAS 201
 Apparel Construction (3) 

Alternatives for FAS 201:
ART 145 + ART 146
THE 205 + THE 253

FAS 211 Draping for Fashion Design (3) [prerequisite FAS 201]
FAS 212 Flat Pattern Drafting for Fashion Design (3) [prerequisite FAS 201]
ART 165 Beginning Metals (1.5)
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals (3)
THE 450 Patterning & Draping (4)

Fashion Business | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 451 Fashion Retail Planning & Buying (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101]
FAS 463 Fashion Trend Forecasting (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101]
MKT 291 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT 461 Principles of Retailing (3) [Prerequisite: MKT 291]  

History | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 281 Contemporary Fashion History (3)
ART 189 History of Western Dress (3)
ART 233 Global Perspectives on Dress (3)

Materials (3 credits)

FAS 221 Textiles for Fashion (3)

ARCH+ID students only may substitute ARC 419 for FAS 221

Design Foundations (3 credits)

FAS 241 Fashion Design Elements and Principles (3)

Alternatives for FAS 241:
ARC 101 + ARC 113
ARC 105 + ARC 113
ARC 105 + ART 102
ART 111 + ART 102

Fashion Electives | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 332 Fashion Illustration (3)
FAS 340 Fashion Internship (0-3)
FAS 360 Fashion and Digital Tools (3)
FAS 450 Advanced Special Topics in Fashion (3)
ART 104 Problem Solving (1.5)
ART 106 Introduction to Figure Drawing (1.5)
ART 121 Observational Drawing (3)
ART 335 Arts of West Africa (3)
ART 350 Illustration (3)
ART/IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools (3)
IMS 319 Foundations in Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3)
JRN 101 Introduction to Journalism (3)
STC 259 Intro to Strategic Communication and Public Relations (3)

or any class in the Co-major Core not yet taken

Choose one option

Option 1: Fashion Corporate Business Track (18 credit hours)

Business Prime (9 credit hours)
BUS 301 Macro Concepts in Contemporary Business (3)
BUS 302 Micro Concepts in Contemporary Business (3)
BUS 303 Business Process Integration (3)

or General Business Pick List (9 credit hours)
(For non-FSB majors)

ACC 211 Accounting for the Non-Business Major (3)
FIN 211 Financial Capital (3)
ISA 211 Information Technology and Data Driven Decision Making in Business (3)
MGT 111 Introduction to Business (3)
MGT 211 Introduction to Management for Non-Business Majors (3)

or General Business Pick List (9 credit hours)
(For FSB majors)

ACC 221 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MGT 291 Introduction to Management & Leadership (3)

Fashion Business (9 credit hours)
take 9 additional hours of classes listed in Fashion Co-major Core Fashion Business section

Total hours Fashion Co-major with Fashion Corporate Business Track: 39

Option 2: Fashion Design Track (20 credit hours)

Making (6 credit hours)
FAS 211 Draping for Fashion Design (3) [prerequisite FAS 201]
FAS 212 Flat Pattern Drafting for Fashion Design (3) [prerequisite FAS 201]

Studio (8 credit hours)
FAS 341 Junior Fashion Studio (3)
FAS 441 Senior Fashion Studio (3)
FAS 442 Fashion Portfolio (2)

Design Techniques (6 credit hours)
FAS 332 Fashion Illustration (3)
FAS 360 Fashion and Digital Tools (3)

Total hours Fashion Co-major with Fashion Design Track: 41

Option 3: Fashion Entrepreneurship Track (16 credit hours)

(Not open to Entrepreneurship minors/co-majors)

Fashion Entrepreneurship Core (10 credit hours)
ESP 101 Entrepreneurship Foundations (1)
ESP 201 Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business Models (3)
ESP 251 Entrepreneurial Value Creation and Capture (3)
ESP 252 Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creativity and Organization (3)

Fashion Entrepreneurship Elective (Choose 3 credit hours)
ESP 321 Startup Entrepreneurship (3)
ESP 331 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
ESP 351 Creativity in Entrepreneurship (3)

Arts Management Elective (Choose 3 credit hours)
CCA 306 Arts Entrepreneurship (1.5)
CCA 307 Arts Venture Creation (1.5)
CCA 340 Arts Management Internship (3)
CCA 410 Advanced Topics in the Creative Arts (3)


Total Hours Fashion Co-major with Entrepreneurship Track: 37

Additional information

Della Reams
Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Creative Arts
Interdisciplinary Design - Fashion
226 Boyd Hall
dreams@miamioh.edu

Leslie D. Stoel
Professor
Farmer School of Business, Department of Marketing and
College of Creative Arts, Fashion
3042 FSB and 224 Boyd Hall
stoelld@miamioh.edu
513-529-3985