BFA Fashion Design
Fashion designers assume the important role of creating articles of clothing that allow people to express their individuality. The designer melds the creativity of the artist with the practical needs of the consumer to provide objects that fulfill desires on several levels. Not only must the body be covered to comply with social convention, but the spirit must be nourished and the psyche satisfied. The Fashion Design curriculum provides instruction in skills valuable to success in the apparel industry. Students learn professional processes for garment construction, patternmaking, draping and fashion drawing. After basic technical competency is achieved, they progress to courses that concentrate on addressing specific markets and solving various design challenges. All student produced garments are critiqued at each step of the process and are juried by a panel of outside industry professionals at the end of the academic year. The juried garments are spotlighted each spring in the department’s annual VCU Fashion Show.
VCU Fashion Design graduates now hold positions as designers, patternmakers, and product developers in companies such as GUESS, Li and Fung, Calvin Klein, Nautica, Jonathan Saunders, Old Navy, Avia, A/X Armani Exchange, Burberry, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, and Tracy Reese.