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Fashion Design

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The field of fashion design teaches a wide variety of skills including patternmaking (making the template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before being cut out and assembled), technical drawing (drawings used to convey design ideas and garment details to pattern cutters and machinists), fashion illustration (the communication of fashion that originate with illustration, drawing, and painting), sewing (the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stiches made with a needle and thread), trends (the ability to do research and spot shifts in culture), digital textile design (drawings made through a computer program that are used to convey design ideas and garment details to pattern cutters and machinists), costume design, concept development, and product development.

Fashion designers need to understand how the various functions of business work together in order to better create value for their customers. Through entrepreneurship classes, they could have a better understanding of organizations they work in, and may have a better chance at launching successful lines and businesses. Skills that may be especially useful include learning how to design a business plan, which incorporates all business functions including accounting, finance, human resources, information systems, law, marketing, operations, research and development, sales, and supply chain. They also may gain important managerial skills that will help them to succeed in any business endeavor. Overall, a fashion designer may gain exposure to business relevant materials and skills that may make you more hirable.

Fashion design students that include entrepreneurship courses among their breadth of knowledge (BOK) elective classes get a well-rounded education and the ability to set themselves apart from other fashion design graduates in the job market.


a. Fashion design careers that may be enhanced by a minor in entrepreneurship include:
b. Helping companies launch new product lines
c. Merchandise manager
d. Starting your own boutique
e. Finding suppliers that function well within your organization
f. Having the ability to work cross-functionally to commercialize viable products


Click here to apply to the entrepreneurship minor.

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