Fashion Programs

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Fashion: The Fusion of Design and Business

Miami’s interdisciplinary Fashion Program is housed in the Department of Art and includes many courses in the Farmer Business School.  It consists of a co-major and minor and includes a wide range of students from 46 different majors on campus.   Emphasizing creativity and experimentation, it offers students the opportunity to develop a broad set of basic competencies 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 business - including buying, planning and forecasting - fashion design, or fashion entrepreneurship.

Facilities include a textile library and lab, historic costume collection, well-lit drawing/design rooms, industrial sewing machines, professional dress forms, space for draping and patternmaking, digital fabric printer, and display areas for 2D and 3D student work.  In addition, students have access to a digital design lab and the King Library Maker Space with 3D printers, sublimation textile printer, laser cutter/engraver, CNC mills, embroidery machines, touchscreens, virtual reality headsets, teleprompters, 360 cameras, and more. 

Our program is enhanced by numerous Miami alumni who are high-level executives in the Fashion industry, one of the biggest industries in the world.  They contribute program support with fabric, scholarships, mentoring, internships, and jobs.

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

In addition, many fashion students are members of one or more fashion-related student organizations: 

  • Miami University Fashion and Design (MUF&D) student organization is the largest student organization on campus with 750+ members and numerous leadership opportunities, including the production of an annual student-led fashion show.
  • MUSE MGMT provides access to personal brand consulting, portfolio building opportunities, and a vast access to industry professionals & established alumni in the spaces of modeling, makeup, hair, wardrobe, photography, and videography.
  • UP Magazine provides opportunities relating to strategic communications, media and culture, publishing, and social media in preparation for fashion industry careers.
  • Futures in Retail (National Retail Federation (NRF) affiliated) develops awareness of data analytics, supply chain, finance, accounting, merchandising, marketing, management, and interactive media studies careers in the retail sector.

You must complete an application for the fashion programs! Admission to the Fashion Program is by online application only.

Applications to the Fashion programs are reviewed once each semester. The application to the Fashion Program is now open until September 26 for the spring 2023 semester. Students with at least one semester at Miami are eligible to apply. All who apply will be accepted. Your DAR will be updated before Spring 2023 registration.


*Note for students who have not yet been accepted to the program: Anyone can register for FAS 101 Introduction to the Fashion Industry during any semester, as well as any other 100 or 200 level fashion course that still has seats after current fashion students have registered (once general registration begins ) as long as they have fulfilled any prerequisites. Before that most fashion courses are restricted to students who have already been accepted into the Fashion Program. If you wish to register for a course and are not allowed, please put your name on the Force Add a Course list, and you may be admitted later.

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 201 Apparel Construction (3) (prereq for FAS 211 and 212)
FAS 211 Draping for Fashion Design (3) (prereq FAS 201) [Fall Only]
FAS 212 Flat Pattern Drafting for Fashion Design (3) (prereq FAS 201) [Spring Only]
ART 125 Beginning Printmaking (1.5)
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 450A Visual Merchandising (3)
FAS 450C
Global Sourcing of Fashion Goods (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101] [Spring only]
FAS 451  Fashion Retail Planning & Buying (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101]
FAS 463
 Fashion Trend Forecasting (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101] [Spring Only]
MKT 291 Principles of Marketing (3) [Prerequisite: ECO 201]
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 150 B, C, D Special Topics Fashion Sprints (1.5) [Making sprints are B,C,D]
FAS 150G Textile Design and Digital Printing (1.5)
FAS 332
Fashion Illustration (3) [Offered once every 2 years]
FAS 340 Fashion Internship (0-3)
FAS 360 Fashion and Digital Tools (3) [Offered once every 2 years]
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)
THE 253 Costume Fundamentals (3)
THE 353 Costume Design (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.

*Note that courses counted in the Core do not double-count in the Track of the co-major. 

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 B, C, D Special Topics Fashion Sprints (1.5) [Making sprints are B,C,D]
FAS 201 Apparel Construction (3) (prereq for FAS 211 and 212)
FAS 211 Draping for Fashion Design (3) (prereq FAS 201) [Fall Only]
FAS 212 Flat Pattern Drafting for Fashion Design (3) (prereq FAS 201) [Spring Only]
ART 165 Beginning Metals (1.5)
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals (3)
THE 205 Costume Construction Lab (1)
THE 253 Costume Fundamentals (3)
THE 450 Patterning & Draping (4)

Fashion Business | Choose 3 credit hours

FAS 450A Visual Merchandising (3)
FAS 450C
Global Sourcing of Fashion Goods (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101] [Spring only]  
FAS 451 
Fashion Retail Planning & Buying (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101] [Fall Only]
FAS 463 Fashion Trend Forecasting (3) [Prerequisite: FAS 101] [Spring Only]
MKT 291 Principles of Marketing (3) [Prerequisite: ECO 201]
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 150G Textile Design and Digital Printing (1.5)
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)
THE 253 Costume Fundamentals (3)
THE 353 Costume Design (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)
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics
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)

Plus 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

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Contact

Della Reams
Assistant Teaching Professor of Fashion
Department of Art
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