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Fashion Co-major and Minor

Miami’s interdisciplinary Fashion Program is housed in the Department of Art and includes courses in the Farmer Business School. It consists of a co-major and minor and includes a wide range of students from over 40 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.

Application is now open!

The application to the Fashion Program is now open until March 1, 2024, for acceptance into the program for the Fall 2024 semester. After March 1st, applications will be closed for the rest of the semester. At that point, all applications will be accepted, and DARs will reflect the acceptance before registration for the next semester.

Fashion: The Fusion of Design and Business

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. 

Jobs Available to Fashion Graduates

  • Accessories Designer
  • Advertising
  • Apparel Industry Management
  • Art Director
  • Assistant Designer
  • Associate Designer
  • Beauty Industry - Merchandising, Marketing, Management
  • Buyer
  • Cad Designer
  • Colorist
  • Costume Designer For Theater, TV, or Film
  • Design Manager
  • Event Organization
  • Events Coordinator
  • Fabrication Supervisor
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Design for Game Industry
  • Fashion Entrepreneur
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fashion Merchandiser
  • Fashion Technology
  • Fashion Writer or Journalist
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Knitwear Designer
  • Merchant
  • Model Agency
  • Patternmaker
  • Personal Shopper
  • Photographer
  • Print Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Production Artist
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Manager
  • Public Relations for Fashion Businesses
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Representative
  • Sports Uniform Designer
  • Stylist
  • Surface Designer
  • Tailor
  • Technical Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Uniform Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser - Clothing and Beyond
  • Wardrobe Manager

The Miami Fashion Community

 

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.

Application

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 open for a month at the beginning of each semester, accessible from the Fashion Programs web page.
  • Then, the applications will be closed for the rest of each semester.
  • After the application period ends, all applications will be accepted and DARs will reflect the acceptance before registration for the next semester.

*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.

Contact Us

Della Reams

Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Art

226 Boyd Hall
551 Western College Drive,
Oxford, OH 45056

dreams@MiamiOH.edu

513-529-3490

Leslie Stoel, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Art and Farmer School of Business

224 Boyd Hall
551 Western College Drive,
Oxford, OH 45056

stoelld@MiamiOH.edu

513-529-3985